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EA founds new strategy studio Victory Games

Tue 22 Feb 2011 10:55am GMT / 5:55am EST / 2:55am PST
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Based in LA, Texas, China, planning Command and Conquer relaunch

EA has formed a new internal studio, Victory Games, which is to focus on strategy games for the publisher.

In a relaunch of its Command & Conquer website mysteriously now pulled, but seen in full by GamesIndustry.biz last night the publisher revealed that Victory had locations in LA, Texas and Shanghai China.

EA's strategy portfolio in 2009 suffered a large round of lay-offs at internal studio EA LA, which had previously handled the publisher's Command & Conquer and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth titles.

The new studio will apparently work on a fresh "AAA" C&C title, claimed Victory general manager Jon Van Canegham in a now-removed interview. "We're not just working on a game, though. Our general focus is on the future of Command & Conquer.

"That means updating a lot of the core technology to create a stable base for future development, and leveraging that work on this first game."

The new game will be a PC title and, according to the vanished site's About page, plans to "combine classic RTS gameplay with bold new technology, innovative new concepts and, as always, tanks by the dozen."

Van Canegham has previously worked on Heroes of Might and Magic games for Ubisoft, as well as holding executive positions at MMO publisher Trion Worlds. He was allegedly removed from his position as president and CCO at the latter in 2009.

12 Comments

Be nice if they develop a new RTS rather than continuqe with a C&C legacy.
Perhaps it makes sense to tag onto a new IP which has a previous proven past and ressurect it the way the Fallout franchise is more popular now.

Posted:3 years ago

#1
I'm rather a huge fan of the C&C franchise, been playing it since I was little.

Not a big fan of what they ended the Tiberium franchise with mind you, the last game isn't on my favourites, love to see another Red Alert come tho, back to basics :D

Posted:3 years ago

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Adam Ross

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They stole my company name idea!

Posted:3 years ago

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Kingman Cheng
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I have been a huge fan of Command and Conquer since the early days but the newer titles don't really do anything for me. Would load up the old ones anyday.

Posted:3 years ago

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Josef Brett
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Why not make another Dune RTS? It's where it all started and it'd be awesome to develop that IP with todays technology.

Posted:3 years ago

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Damn it you beat me to it Josef.

Otherwise, well HD remakes are popular I would take a remake of the first C&C with completely upgraded graphics and gameplay. Besides of that I wouldn`t mind some space RTS as I always liked those.

Posted:3 years ago

#6
now the original C&C was good. but dare i say it. another reboot?

Posted:3 years ago

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Maybe they can copy some of the stuff that where done sadly only a few times in other RTS games like cool upgrade system in Warzone 2100 where you can actually combine body parts to make vehicles or direct control over a unit as done in Warzone 2100 and in only a very few other RTS games i.e. Battlezone and others where I don`t remember the names. I always liked that kind of mix, because I had always the feeling the AI is just to stupid to do things properly like positioning (even now with better AI they are not always that great at following orders the way you want), so it was always nice to have more control in the battles.

Back at the day that didn`t work very well partially thanks to hardware limitations, with Pentium 1 and an amazing Voodoo card you where happy if you could run something properly in isometric perspective so having to also render with at least some high zoom level in 3rd person view didn`t work very well. Now you can zoom in to a high detail anyway and the units still look good.

Posted:3 years ago

#8
I think, with the RTS aspect - there is only so much that can be done for SC, C&C.

So in that regard, perhaps the unit upgrades, and animations and teh whole alternate cold war vibe is something that can be reupgraded in light of the recent instability in the middle east, the rise of the Chinese and Russian powers vs the broken forces of Europe and US.

Posted:3 years ago

#9
I hope this game is a huge improvement to the recently released titles. The only "recent" title that I properly enjoyed was: Command and Conquer Generals. Tiberuim wars was ok, but Red Alert 3 and certainly Tiberuim Twilight did absolutely nothing for me.

Been supporting the franchise since 1996 :D Keep to the game's classic Strength!

Posted:3 years ago

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Tom Keresztes
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Dr. Chee Ming Wong

Try Dawn of War or Company of Heroes.

Posted:3 years ago

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Josef Brett
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@Werner

Nice to know there are other Dune fans out there!!

Posted:3 years ago

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