We have been watching the development of the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection quite closely and there has been some big news for the hallowed RTS franchise this week. In a blog post EA's Jim Vessella, producer on Command and Conquer Remastered, announced that mod support is coming to the 4K remasters. Additionally, Vasella shared that EA will be open sourcing the C&C Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert code under the GPL version 3.0 license.
"Along with the inclusion of a new Map Editor, these open-source DLLs should assist users to design maps, create custom units, replace art, alter gameplay logic, and edit data," wrote Vasella. To demonstrate the possibilities this provides to would-be developers, Petroglyph created a new modded unit to play with - the Nuke Tank - an imagined Brotherhood of Nod captured and modified Mammoth Tank (see image below).
Command & Conquer Remastered players will be able to browse in-game menus to check out new content and maps to download. Specifically Steam users will use the Steam Workshop for sharing both maps and mods, and can subscribe to them to get updates as and when they arrive. Origin users can use the in-game menus for new maps but will have to download and manually install any mods in game folders.
Vasella apologised for an omission to the Remaster development plans. He indicated that LAN Play won't be available at launch as during the lockdown it hasn't been possible to organise LAN gaming sessions. LAN Play development remains on the to-do list, post release.
The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, with revamped versions of Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, and associated GPL 3.0 source code, will be released on 5th June.
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