EA's return to Steam continues as C&C Remastered Collection popped up on Gaben's storefront on release. The hotly anticipated work of former Westwood devs seems to be off to a good start.
Petroglyph Games, consisting of some former Westwood developers announced they started to work on remastering classic C&C and Red Alert back in late 2018. Fans of the series were ecstatic and on June 5, 2020, their time has finally come.
EA officially released Command & Conquer and Red Alert, both remastered in 4K. The collection is available on both Steam and Origin , with early user reviews already coming in on the former platform. Things look bright so far but it may be nostalgia-tinted glasses speaking for the moment, although there aren't many indicators that would tell negative tales.
The collection includes three expansions, rebuilt multiplayer, modernised UI, map editor, bonus footage gallery and remastered music. EA and Petroglyph took full advantage of the Steam launch too, as the collection features mod support through the Steam Workshop, which should make mod distribution and organising much easier.
It's not only the gameplay that received graphics upgrades but cinematics too. Below this paragraph, you can see a screenshot comparison between the pixelated '90s and modern versions of the same cutscene.
Furthermore, players will be able to switch between remastered and legacy graphics, in case they are feeling extra nostalgic.
With the return of the series, some familiar faces came back as well, such as Joseph Kucan, who reprised the role of Kane, the leader of Brotherhood of Nod.