Command & Conquer Remastered: First Look

Ever since Command & Conquer Remastered was announced and confirmed almost a year ago, fans have been waiting nervously for the finished product. Being a big fan of the series, I was skeptical that we were going to get a decent remaster. Their previous entry into the franchise is Command & Conquer: Rivals. A mobile game that had all the life and honesty of a company looking to phone in a franchise for some easy loot box cash.

Well, to everyone’s surprise, EA  went ahead and got the guys at Petroglyph involved. Petroglyph is mostly staffed by ex-members of Westwood Studios, the original masterminds of the C&C franchise. 

Petroglyph staff - Original creators of Command and Conquer

Celebrating the franchise’s 25th birthday in 2020, fans will not only be getting the original Command and Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, but will also be getting Red Alert and all the expansion packs in between. If that’s not good enough, words from EA themselves have even told us. NO MICROTRANSACTIONS. I’ll believe it when I see it is all I’m going to say. EA hardly has a stellar track record with microtransactions. Looking at you Dead Space 3.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Yesterday we were treated to a short 30-second clip from the EA Youtube page that shows us the remastered edition in all its glory. You can take a look at the video just below. Pay careful attention to that HD transition at around 6 seconds!

Whilst I’m skeptical with EA being at the helm, it’s hard to deny how crisp that new footage looks. Sprites have been cleaned up, widescreen and 4k support has also been added. Oh my goodness. I’m confident fans are going to be in for a treat when this game releases in 2020. I can hardly wait myself. Some of my earliest RTS memories are from playing Warcraft, Starcraft, and Command & Conquer, so a chance to replay these titles in HD with higher-res textures? Sign me up.

Another important detail from EA is that you’ll be able to switch between the legacy and remastered graphics on the fly, with a press of the key. Outstanding. Although reading the blog it’s hard to imagine the original resolution of those assets was 320×200. I remember them looking pretty amazing back in the day!

Command and Conquer Remastered texture slider

If you want to check the graphics changes yourself, head on over to the Command and Conquer: Remastered website and play around with the transition sliders.

Are you looking forward to the remaster? Let me know in the comments below.

Command and Conquer Remastered does not currently have a release date. Do expect it sometime in 2020 though.

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