Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Interview

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By Adam Doree, February 18, 2010


Depending on who you read, real-time strategy is dead, dying or cuddled up in a leather armchair somewhere polishing its war medals and writing angry letters to the local gazette. The genre needs a shot in the arm, and what better franchise to wield the syringe than Command & Conquer, one of the oldest and most successful of top-down tank molesters. At a recent EA showcase, we caught up with Raj Joshi, producer on Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, for his thoughts on base-building, the competition and whether you really can squeeze the full range of options into an Xbox 360 controller.

VideoGamesDaily: Hello Raj, thanks for chatting with us. Do you think this kind of preview event does justice to a game, particularly an RTS title like this one? You don’t really get to experience the feature set in full…

Raj Joshi: I think it works pretty good, getting everybody together for the first time for a hands on on multiplayer, getting into a match and seeing how it comes alive dynamically with many people. We’ve been doing hands-on one-on-one through the single player campaign, and I think that although single player’s very important for Command and Conquer because a lot of people try to do that, I think our game really shines when you have five team-mates, you get to see the three different classes in action and work together with people.

So we’ve had some people play through three to four rounds, I think that’s where people get the real taste of it. It is tough because you need long enough to tech up and really get a feel for things, get well-versed… But I think it’s a good taste. Definitely better than half an hour sitting down with the single player campaign, trying to get through a mission, and trying to base an opinion on that. I think this is a little better than our single player stuff we’ve been doing lately.

VGD: Obviously the fanbase for the core series is huge and passionate, but do you think that the fourth game is one newcomers will get into?

Joshi: I think more so than before, having the mobile crawler, the class choice which hopefully will appeal to first-person shooter multiplayer players, where it’s more focussed. Rather than having all 88 units accessible at once and trying to figure out your path, you pick a class and that kind of determines your play style. Having that mobile base and not having to do Tiberium harvesting will hopefully help people jump in, and not having as many units to control at once. Plus the play style of multiplayer is more like first person shooter mode, where it’s kind of this domination style capturing of control points.

We’re hoping all these things kind of added together will make it easier to get into. It’s not a casual game by any stretch of the information, but I think more casual than, like, Red Alert 3, where the build order was very specific, all the units were very specifically good at one little thing. So that one was very oriented to the micromanaging player.

The man himself.

The man himself.

VGD: The C&C fan community is particularly close to the development team. Does the new game owe much to this relationship?

Joshi: Definitely. One thing, as far as the story goes, is that we’ve really researched everything the community has written over the past 15 years and integrated a lot of their lore into the way we’re wrapping up the Tiberium saga. So a lot of the key story points came from the community as well, and then were bedded back out with the community again.

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8 Responses to “Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight Interview”

  1. Kim Kaze says:

    …it’s an Obelisk of Light, not a tower of Nod :)
    My fellow players and i used to call them Nobelisks of Light, or just nobs for short.

    • Do you know, I was absolutely confident somebody would pick me up on that when I edited the screencaps for this puppy… :D Didn’t get into C&C till Red Alert, so I’m not really hip to NOD tech.

  2. Joe says:

    Im sorry to say this, but instead of making the game more complex, more interesting, more fun, using tactics in multiplayer and giving the average player a challenge, and playing a sandbox style gaming with freedom of choice.

    Your decision in making this type of gameply killed the C&C Franchise. Its like EA merged Dawn Of War into C&C.
    No building? No large armies? No Epic battles ? No Big maps, No Tiberium Harvesting. the average rating of this release is 1 in 35 reviews.

    Im sorry but this game is “A Game for Dummies”, and i regret spending money on this game.
    Even the Model Textures aren’t detailed.

  3. Jack says:

    Command and Conquer 4 is so limited, it sucks. Im not going to buy it.
    Red alert 3 also sucks.
    what are you guys thinking!

  4. Julian says:

    Why do we have to go online to play our games. I didnt like CC4 … Not even Red alert 3 and other games too.

    Why????? :(

  5. Terry Smith says:

    USED to be a fan of C & C. Last Game I liked was Kane’s Wrath. Red Alert 3 was OK. I am a big skirmisher. I like building bases and armies. Research into weapons and equipment important part of game. Being able to play on my laptop away from home real important, which means no internet connection. There is no good reason anyone can offer that having a net connection should be required. I installed this, went to start, found I had to create an account online, and took it off again. Never will I buy from EA again!

  6. Paul Eski says:

    I always was a fan of C&C. I standard bought EVERY sequal.
    After Generals I started to doubt, and NOW I am sure…after buying Tiberian Twilight….I am so frustrated about the darkness of the game, the bad gameplay , the utmost less graphics, the loss of the original gameplay, that I wil NOT buy ANY sequal again UNTIL its rated as very good again.

    My God EA how could you let a golden egg, slip through your fingers!

    Sad but reality!!

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