Fans of Command and Conquer have long been asking Electronic Arts to release a new installment in the popular real-time strategy game series. It seems as if EA has finally made good on this request after they unveiled Command and Conquer Rivals at their E3 2018 conference on Saturday, but there was one catch.
Command and Conquer Rivals is an upcoming mobile 1v1 multiplayer RTS title that aims at providing players with “quick and competitive” gameplay experiences (which EA did try to emphasize by displaying a live game on stage involving eSports stars Geoff “InControl” Robinson and NickAtNyte and complete with shoutcasters.)
The title’s announcement was accompanied by a full-length gameplay trailer that goes into great detail explaining the game’s features. The trailer also revealed that the game will feature some of the series’ most famous factions and characters, including the GDI, the Brotherhood of Nod, and Kane. Although the game is not available for download yet, Android players are able to register to play the game in early access.
Commenting on the new title, Redwood Studios General Manager Michael Martinez stated, “As huge fans of the strategy genre, we wanted to build a great RTS on mobile. Rivals embraces the spirit of the Command & Conquer franchise and reimagines gameplay to deliver our vision.”
Some industry pundits have compared the game to other widely-played mobile RTS games, including Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. With the genre being as popular and profitable as it is on mobile, EA’s decision to release such a title using a familiar brand name is not exactly surprising. The publisher has already seen great success on the platform with its Plants Vs. Zombies series and may be looking to replicate that with Rivals.
It is fair to say that there are probably a lot of Command and Conquer fans that are very disappointed that the latest installment in the series is a new mobile title. But despite this fact, perhaps the new title will prove to be extremely entertaining and a great addition to any player’s mobile library. If not, there’s always next year, where hopefully EA will finally reveal an entry more in line with fan expectations. It has, after all, been six years since the last Command and Conquer.
Command and Conquer Rivals is available for early access on Android devices.