Officials from Electronic Arts have confirmed that the company is developing a squad based first person shoot ‘em-up style game set in the Command & Conquer
universe. Named Tiberium
, the game is due to be released next autumn on PS3, 360 and PC.
Rumored for some time, the game is described as featuring “intense tactical action and visceral first-person shooting”. The name refers to the alien energy source which is the central resource of the core Command & Conquer
real-time strategy games, and has featured in the subtitles of many of the existing games.
The game will feature a blend of first person shooting and tactical squad combat, with the ability to control multiple infantry, armor and air squads. However, the game will not be the first such spin-off based in the Command & Conquer
universe, after 2002’s critical and commercial disappointment Renegade
The failure of Command & Conquer: Renegade
, and subsequent massively multiplayer online game Earth & Beyond
ultimately led to the closure of original development team Westwood Studios. As a result, the Command & Conquer
universe, as originally created, was not seen again until last year’s successful comeback Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
Chris Plummer, executive producer at EA Los Angeles, said: “After two years of pre-production, it is exciting to finally reveal this game and its rich fiction to the world. We’ve put a lot of effort into evolving the tactical shooter experience by taking core gameplay compulsions like commanding, choice and dominating your enemies and delivering them in first-person.”
Mike Verdu, vice president and general manager at EA Los Angeles added, “EALA has a long history of developing groundbreaking real-time strategy games with the Command & Conquer
series. This is the birth of a new franchise - we couldn’t be more excited.”