Command & Conquer 3 expanding in early 2008

EA announces the first expansion to its popular 360 and PC RTS is coming next year, and will focus on villain Kane.

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Early this morning, the first Battlecast video report premiered on the official Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars Web site. After a fair amount of on-camera hamming, the Battlecast's hosts used the program to announce Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath, the first expansion pack for the popular Electronic Arts game. Due out early next year, it will focus on the titular villain, who leads the shadowy, quasi-religious global corporate/military organization known as the Brotherhood of Nod.

Actor Joe Kucan gets his Kane on.

"It's all about Kane," one of the anchors proclaimed. "It chronicles his rise back to power after the second Tiberium War and continues all the way through C&C3." The expansion will also take the player through the third Tiberium War and beyond, and will feature actor Joe Kucan reprising his role as Kane.

In a video interview, producer Jim Vessale described the expansion in some detail. He said Kane's Wrath will once again sport high-definition live-action cutscenes, and then showed clips of actor Josh Holloway (TV's Lost) and Kucan. "It will also be introducing a few new characters," the producer cryptically promised. He went on to talk about the expansion's focus on the "global domination metagame," which he described as the board game "Risk on steroids." The game will allow for strategic moves and then segue into tactical real-time combat on the battlefield.

Vessale went on to promise that Kane's Wrath would introduce a number of new units, powers, and upgrades. It would also split each of the game's three primary factions into two subfactions with their own unique units.

C&3C's radial interface--coming soon to the Xbox 360.

Both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of Kane's Wrath will be released simultaneously, though no specific date is yet set for either title. Vessale said the expansion will also introduce the PC's "radial interface" to the Xbox 360 game (pictured) to allow for faster issuing of orders to units in the game.

For more, read GameSpot's exclusive interview with Mike Verdu, executive producer of Kane's Wrath, at EA's Los Angeles studio.

Discussion

122 comments
Dandy119
Dandy119

Will the original be neccessary for the xBox 360 version to run, or will this expansion be a stand-alone game?

MavHZero
MavHZero

It almost seems to me that C&C3: Kane's Wrath is doing what Dawn of War: Dark Crusade and the Total War series has been doing for ages with its Global Domination mode. I'm not saying thats a bad thing, in fact, I do like that style of play, since it isn't as linear as a campaign mode. I do hope there is a sub-campaign mode though and the Global Domination thing is separate. In terms of Josh Holloway and Joe "Kane" Kucan reprising their roles, thats fantastic, since they're both brilliant with their roles. (Kucan, legend, period!!!) I do reckon that they will do what Bethesda Softworks did with Oblivion for the 360 and use the download facility, which works very well. If they don't, then someone has problems at EA... wait a sec, its EA. Of course they won't ;)

net_mugger
net_mugger

Well this is some news that made my eyebrows move upwards:))heh

GDI_soldier
GDI_soldier

HELL YES! This looks to be everything C&C3 should have been and more! I wish the EA haters would drop it. The C&C series has been consistently good, except for Generals which was under a different dev team to the one it is currently under.

_ACE_92
_ACE_92

sweet cant wait!!!!!!!!!!

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

"Risk on Steroids".....Almost a word for word copy of the description that is being used for "Tom Clancy's: EndWar"

yian
yian

What a great news. I'm looking forward to this new "global domination" mode.

ShockG707
ShockG707

C&C3 was a great game, sure EA sucks but that series has been around long before EA sucked.

kai_311
kai_311

Thats nice, I was just thinking of getting this game.

Expo_Smacko
Expo_Smacko

I didn't like this RTS at all.. Crap news to me..

Blaze_Hrimfaxi
Blaze_Hrimfaxi

man, all this wining about bugs. Am i the only one who bothers to download C&C 3 updates from my game menu???

capthunt
capthunt

first they need to balance the game. i love the series but this is the worst RTS ever

deshields538
deshields538

Hopefully this expansion will explain why the Nod campaign had such a bad ending. @Robinvd: Zero Hour was never a true C&C game anyway, just a creation by EA to get some money out of the C&C name.

Robinvd
Robinvd

screw cnc3! hate that game... ZH2 ftw!!!

BloodMist
BloodMist

More Kane is never a bad thing.And stop with the EA hate guys, this is the only really good game they've published in a good 3 years or so.And if you don't like C&C well, you suck, all i can say(Generals is not a C&C game).

okassar
okassar

That should tidy up some of the game's problems,which is great.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

I kept meaning to try out C&C. I guess I should go pick it up. Any of you enjoy the game?

zero030
zero030

I wonder if the 360 version will be like the shivering isles?

robertd1138
robertd1138

I wonder if the XBOX360 Expansion will have digital distribution?

football_legend
football_legend

No Surprises here. I personally thought C&C 3 was one of the best games EA made. It atleast stayed through to franchise. Only things missing were: 1: Westwood logo (I know it turned to EALA) 2: Interactive Installation.

fawad_xxx
fawad_xxx

looks like a good game it must be tried!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Her0
Her0

EA should fix bugs first instead of releasing expansion pack!

punkpunker
punkpunker

yes!!!! i'll buy this game and the first 1during the release after getting the 360 about December or so

-T_F_U-
-T_F_U-

After this I hope they announce Red Alert 3. Please, please, please EA, just do it!!

KingKoop
KingKoop

Cool I was kinda expecting this though, C & C are re-nound for exspansions.

pigfish2
pigfish2

my brother will be happy

KorJax
KorJax

Awesome! I really hate it though, I just cant get into C&C3's gameplay. I love everything about it (OMG KANE is STILL SWEET), but the actual gameplay is faster than even Red Alert 2 (lol superweapons shooting me 8 min in?), and its got plenty of bugs/exploits, not to mention "dominate stratigy syndrome" (aka there is only one good strat that everyone uses).

benboz
benboz

I have the game and it would be really nice to have a expansion to it.

jedikevin2
jedikevin2

Classic Gamespot with having a ton of haters in the comments. Um dudes its freakin C&C and i love it. Love the old school style Tiberium wars which is way better then the retard generals/zero hr. Tank rushes are a staple of C&C so why the F yall trashing on that aspect? We in offcourse sequal mode. Can;t wait to get sc2 which is a exact clone of orginal with new graghics buts omg it will be awesome times. Expansion is due for tiberium wars which i will def be getting my hands on. The C&C genre is in the same category of the final fantasies, maddens, etc etc. If you loved when it first started you will always continue to love it. Even this kane expansion looks like a sequel. wasn;t red alert 2 yuri's revenge in the same category of a villain expansion to the game? Yap. I love the classic style C&C and this will coninue in its trend

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

i just wouldn't be C&C without its expansions.

Striker426
Striker426

GregK should walk up behind Kane and blow his brains out in one of the FMVs just like Kane to Seth. "Power shifts quickly in the Brotherhood!"

DarkRecruit
DarkRecruit

C&C 3 sucked....way to easy and simple compared to other new PC RTSs like Supcom,CoH, WiC etc. Dumbed down for the general 360 crowd and controller controls...

MuscleCarMan
MuscleCarMan

eh i prefer the old games, pre generals. This one has none of the flavor of the old westwood games and definitely feels like its from the Mc Donald's of video gaming, EA.

DrWookie
DrWookie

Um if the expansion is available in retail stores for the 360 but you don't need the original game to play it does that mean it will be 60 bucks? ...awful lot for an expansion but if they charge less you are essentially getting the original game for a discount + the expansion. Or maybe the expansion on the 360 won't include the original campaigns...stlil kinda wierd for an expansion.

paul_beck
paul_beck

No WAY a C&C game with a Kane Expansion? Never would have guessed...

sridanu
sridanu

The radial interface looks cool...

DSgamer64
DSgamer64

Awesome news. I should probably pick up C&C3 for the PC now that I have a computer that will run it.

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

never play c&c 3....but i heard it was awesome

TheBeerinator
TheBeerinator

i think EA's seriously going to put some ghood effort into this game

foxracing1313
foxracing1313

since the original C&C3 is still in retail beta mode and is a tank spamfest I can easily see this expansion going the way of BFME2 ROTWK....no support as soon as EA has your money

DJSMITH007
DJSMITH007

I played Tiberium Wars and i was quite disappointed with it. I played C&C Generals for several years clocking in about 100+ hours. So, as I'm sure you know I was very happy when the new C&C game came out. But I installed this game and played it for about 8 hours and...honestly, I didn't like it, even though I REALLY wanted to like this game.