Command & Conquer 4 requires internet to play

Thursday, 18th March 2010 11:00 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Want some good news for when you pick up Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Wars tomorrow? Here it is: it has no DRM software.

What’s the bad news? The game needs the internet to play it.

EA community mod Apoc said on the game’s forums:

“First thing to be clear about, Command & Conquer 4 has NO DRM. Zip, zero, zilch, none.”

Well, that’s good. Well, it is, until he says this:

“To play Command & Conquer 4, the computer needs to be connected to the internet.”

Oh dear. The decision to have online to play the game is in a similar route to what Ubisoft is doing with its current line-up of PC games, including Assassin’s Creed II, Splinter Cell: Conviction and more: a move that is unanimously proving very unpopular.

It also comes a day after EA dropped SecuROM for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for anyone who bought it off Steam.

C&C4 is out tomorrow in the UK for PC.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. themadjock

    Old news, bad news and judging by the beta rubbish game. Bring on starcraft 2

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Springchicken

    “It has no DRM.”
    “What’s that, then?”
    “What? Oh, this? This old thing? This is nothing. Not DRM, certainly.”

    #2 5 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    the game maybe has no drm but word out there is the game is garbage.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. pennyman

    our interview with the lead Sam Bass was mostly talking about story stuff if you wanna see -

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Droid

    Another one to boycott then.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Hunam

    Not really worth boycotting as the EG review basically kills the game dead. Crap cutscenes trying too hard to be serious, all the units in the game bar like 4 for each class have to be unlocked, and at the end of the single player campaign you have basically only unlocked half of the game and have to grind online for the other half.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Droid

    @6 So… again… worth boycotting then lol.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Michael O’Connor

    Uuuuh… requiring the internet just to play it *is* DRM. What a lot of crap.

    I thought E.A. had more sense than this.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. skuphundaku

    “Want some good news for when you pick up Command & Conquer 4: Tiberium Wars tomorrow? Here it is: it has no DRM software.

    What’s the bad news? The game needs the internet to play it.”

    NEWSFLASH: requiring a permanent connection to a server IS DRM.

    This whole “we don’t use DRM but we ask of you to stay connected to our server all the time” is flat out doubletalk… Actually, it’s really doublethink because they really seem to believe their own bulls**t.

    I find this permanent connection being more intrusive and bothersome than the good-old StarForce, which, at least, wasn’t calling back to the mothership every time you were playing the game.

    It’s already spurious to say that I was planning to buy C&C4 but I abandoned that plan ever since I heard about their permanent connection DRM (which was a long time ago). Right now I just hope that some time down the line they’ll release a non-DRMed version. If they don’t… well, I’ll survive just as well without playing C&C4.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    Let it go download-only. Then C&C can go die on its ass, because it can’t keep the pace. The best idea they had in a long time, Tiberium, they canned, then released poorly received games afterwards.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. rainer

    Slowtaku strikes again this is old news, they said the game requires net connection at all times ages ago.

    From the reviews it is more of a multi-player game than single player.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. DePetri

    Quite embarrassing for VG247 to follow Kotaku so closely with this, because this “news” is old, so old. EA told about this like 9 months ago.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. mington

    i didn’t know about it = valid news

    #13 5 years ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    Someone at EA became all a-twitter, following their own run-ins with DRM woes in C&C4! They even used the ‘F’ word.–conquer-4s-pc-drm-is-fail-admits-eas-jeff-green

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    At the Starcraft Comment. I am on beta and to play it you have to be connected to the internet. Even the single player though its currently locked its there in the window after you log in.

    #15 5 years ago

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