Bad news for Command & Conquer fans: Victory Studios’ free-to-play take on the real-time strategy game is officially cancelled, and publisher Electronic Arts has moved to shut the studio down. Official confirmation of the cancellation comes from a new blog post on Victory’s official website for the game.
“Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out. In this case, we shifted the game away from campaign mode and built an economy-based, multiplayer experience,” the post reads. “Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play. That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game. Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it’s about getting you the game you expect and deserve.”
The post goes on to say that “any and all money spent in the alpha” will be refunded over the next 10 days. Those with questions about their refunds can start their search for answers at help.ea.com.
Additional confirmation of EA’s post-C&C plans for Victory came from a publisher spokesperson, in a statement given to Gamefront. The blog post confirming the game’s cancellation makes no mention of the studio’s fate, but this update from EA clears up any questions. “The team at Victory Games will be disbanded. Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities within EA.”
Our sympathies go out to the fine folks at Victory. May they all find new work quickly and with minimal headaches.