A good quarter of a century after the original Command and Conquer burst onto the scene back in 1995, Command and Conquer Remastered is about to repeat the act on modern-day PC hardware courtesy of the talented bods at Petroglyph, bringing with it shiny iterations of two strategy genre-defining classics. Are you strapped in nicely? Good. Here’s everything you need to know about Command and Conquer Remastered!
Command and Conquer Remastered Includes Two Genre Defining Classics
Catering for old-school crusties like me and other folks who have cobwebs where their armpit hair should be, Command and Conquer Remastered will include remastered versions of the original Command and Conquer and its cold world war, sci-fi spiritual sequel Command and Conquer: Red Alert. In case you’re late to the party, they’re two of the best RTS titles pretty much ever made.
Release Date – You Won’t Have Long To Wait
You’ll be overjoyed to learn that you won’t have to wait very long at all to get your hands on Command and Conquer Remastered. The Command and Conquer Remastered release date is currently set for June 5, 2020, at the bargain price of $19.99/£17.99. See? Not long at all.
It’s The Definitive Classic Package
Beyond the presence of those two previously mentioned core titles, Command and Conquer Remastered also includes all the official expansions that were ever released for both Command and Conquer and Red Alert back in the day.
As an added bonus, Command and Conquer Remastered also packs in the previously console-exclusive missions and a powerful new map creator mode to boot. Simply put, with over 100 story campaign missions and well over 250 multiplayer maps, you’re looking at potentially hours and hours of gameplay here which obviously is pretty far away from being a bad thing.
Brings A Pair Of Classics Kicking and Screaming Into 4K
Obviously, Command and Conquer Remastered really wouldn’t be much of a remastering if former Westwood Studios developers Petroglyph didn’t do much in the way of polish – thankfully they’ve gone the extra mile with these classics and then some.
For a start, both games have been ramped up to native 4K resolution, providing pin-sharp levels of clarity on both the sprites and backgrounds that have lingered long in our minds for the past couple of decades. Additionally, if you really want a blast from the past, you can even disable the remastering and return the visuals back to their original state too.
Oh, and in case you were wondering what happened to the delightfully mad FMV cinematics, not only have they benefited from the remastering effort and have been upscaled to a clean 4K presentation, but the exclusive cinematics which were produced for the console versions of each game are also included too. Top stuff.
Remastered Music and EVA Returns!
In Command and Conquer Remastered, it’s not just the visuals that have been given an all-new contemporary sheen, so too has the soundtracks for both games and their expansions befitted similarly, as the collection boasts a total of over seven hours of remastered tunes.
That’s not all either, Kia Huntzinger, the original voice of Tiberian Dawn’s battle interface, has returned to re-record her lines in high definition for Command and Conquer Remastered.
A Range Of Control And UI Improvements
In addition to the impressive audiovisual improvements, a fair chunk of work has been undertaken to get Command and Conquer Remastered playing right in 2020 as well.
Chief among these is the ability to actively zoom the battlefield in and out, fully customisable hotkeys and finely tweaked mouse controls that allow for much more elegant unit selection, queuing and camera direction controls.
Bonuses! Goodies! Extra Stuff!
Naturally, any sort of definitive and remastered collection of titles wouldn’t be such without a healthy amount of bonus content thrown in for kicks and wouldn’t you know it, the folks at EA and Petroglyph haven’t skimped a bit.
Encompassing a gargantuan gallery of retro goodness that includes hundreds of behind the scenes photos, unreleased soundtracks and well over four hours of previously unseen B-roll video footage, Command and Conquer Remastered looks to be a treat for newcomers and wrinkled armchair generals alike.