Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars Designer Diary #1 - The Story Behind the GDI Faction

The next game in the hallowed real-time strategy series is in development, and executive producer Mike Verdu takes us behind the scenes to explore the background of the GDI faction.

Real-time strategy games were founded on the basic gameplay of quickly building up a base of operations by harvesting resources, then building an army to crush your opponents before they could do the same to you. The Command & Conquer series, one of the most popular and loved real-time strategy series in history, has traditionally told the story of a conflict of near-future technology with tons of personality. And now, the next game in the series is in development at EA Games' Los Angeles studio--and while it will definitely feature the impressive graphics and fast-paced gameplay you might expect from a C&C game, it will also explore an area of real-time strategy game that the developer feels has been left largely unexplored: story elements. As we heard at this year's E3, the development team is hard at work not just on gameplay and graphics, but also on a compelling story that will be told throughout the game. Executive producer Mike Verdu explains.

Orcas and Mammoth tanks make their triumphant return in Command & Conquer 3--a game that will emphasize story as much as it will action.

The Global Defense Initiative (GDI)


By Mike Verdu
Executive Producer, EALA

The Third Tiberium War in the Command & Conquer (C&C) series is upon us, and over the next few months, we'll be taking the wraps off of the three factions, the world, and the story in Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars. The fiction and universe development have been key for this game given our emphasis on delivering a great single-player campaign and an epic story that is worthy of C&C. I'm excited that we can start sharing the details of what we've been working on all this time.

With this feature we begin to explore the three factions of Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars. We start with the Global Defense Initiative (GDI).

GDI started as a secret military alliance of G8 nations--a treaty organization formed to contain tiberium, reverse its spread, and fight the sinister Brotherhood of Nod, a terrorist organization that believed the otherworldly substance to be beneficial to mankind. Over time, power and sovereignty have been gradually ceded to GDI and the national identities of the participating countries have faded. In 2047, that process has reached its final stages: While technically there are still individual member nations, the reality is that GDI has become a unified political and military superstate. GDI is what might result if the G8 countries, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and the member states of NATO became a single nation-state.

GDI controls the only areas of the Earth that have not been significantly compromised by tiberium infestation. The crystalline alien substance is slowly consuming the rest of the planet, causing an environmental cataclysm that has made 30 percent of the Earth uninhabitable and another 50 percent of the Earth's surface exceedingly unfriendly to civilization. GDI's home territories are known as "blue zones" since they are mostly clear of tiberium and have been relatively untouched by war (in contrast to the ecologically ravaged and war-torn "yellow zones" and the tiberium-infested hellscapes designated as "red zones").

While the GDI is a faction that strives for world peace, it doesn't hesitate to bring out the big guns to counter the threat of Nod.

In 2047, GDI keeps the blue zones peaceful while making periodic forays into the yellow zones to contain the spread of tiberium, repair the environment, and improve the quality of life for the inhabitants there. For all its good intentions, GDI still struggles with the complexity of its own bureaucracy, as well as conflicting viewpoints on tiberium. Some within GDI see the benefits of more aggressive exploitation of tiberium, but most view it as an environmental plague and source of ultimate destruction.

GDI's focus on tiberium eradication in 2047 is a luxury. In the past, GDI has been locked in an epic struggle with a terrifying enemy--a secret society-turned-global superpower that has united most of the Third World against GDI. Led by a charismatic sociopath called Kane, the Brotherhood of Nod preaches that tiberium is the catalyst for the next stage of human evolution. Nod fanatics are doing everything they can to accelerate tiberium infestation on all continents.

GDI and Nod have been fighting each other for nearly half a century. The conflict has escalated into a full world war twice--the First Tiberium War (TWI) erupted in the second decade of the twenty-first century, and that terrible war was followed by another worldwide firestorm a few years later.

The Brotherhood of Nod has been very quiet for the last several years, and its leader hasn't been seen in a long time. This is highly atypical for Nod.

Just as GDI is split over the uses of tiberium, there are two points of view on Nod's current state: Some GDI intelligence analysts believe Nod is suffering from internal factional strife and is in the process of internal collapse. Others believe Nod is planning it biggest operation yet. If that is true, the preparations are happening very quietly.

The GDI will be a flexible faction that can call in bombing runs as easily as it can mount ground assaults.

If Nod is indeed up to something, it will be facing a formidable adversary. GDI leaders have a state-of-the-art military machine at its command like nothing ever seen before. GDI is truly a military superpower.

GDI forces are organized to allow decentralized operations in multiple theaters of war. GDI rapid-deployment forces are able to move quickly, establish forward-operating bases in all types of terrain, and project power using advanced all-weather weapon systems and highly trained troops.

GDI's land forces include versatile armored vehicles like the Predator main battle tank, the Mammoth heavy tank, the Guardian APC, and the fearsome Juggernaut mobile artillery unit. Its infantry is made up of fast-moving, lightly armored combat soldiers and the slower but heavily armored Zone Troopers. Specialized units include the Special Forces commando and the elite sniper teams.

Aircraft deployed at GDI forward operating bases include the rocket-equipped VTOL Orca, the Firehawk fast attack jet, and the V-35 Ox VTOL transport.

Support units for GDI operations provide unprecedented flexibility to its field commanders. The MCV serves as the mobile hub for a forward-operating base. A versatile vehicle called the "Rig" can deploy into a repair base and aircraft landing pad, providing forward logistics to aircraft and armored units.

GDI believes that it is the last, best hope for the future of humanity and deploys military force in the name of freedom, progress, and containment of the worst environmental disaster the world has ever seen. Its enemies don't see them quite in the same light...but that's a topic for another feature.

That's it for our GDI feature. Next time, we'll go in-depth on the Brotherhood of Nod and the return of Kane.

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163 comments
andrewtyen
andrewtyen

the storyline is going to be awesome

stooven2
stooven2

Looks ace, possibly safer on the 'will my PC run it?' side than Supreme Commander However, only time will tell...

stealth_monkeys
stealth_monkeys

How in gods name is Kane still alive? He got Ion cannoned in the first C&C, then bayonetted and left to die! How, just how can he live! I mean its a good thing, the game wouldn't be the same without him, but still....

champmanfan
champmanfan

This is THE game to own and I can't wait until it comes out because it looks so much better than Generals or Zero Hour. There's 10 times more detail, more realistic destructions of buildings and I'm impressed with the vehicles in the trailers and how they move over rough terrain. Back comes the videos, with whats to come and Kane with his usual threats. Kane hasn't aged & comes back for revenge. This game is going to be more engaging and harder, so you can't just expect to quickly build up units and win - its going to be a long battle.

mistarogers8
mistarogers8

oooo ooo where did i set my wallet again....in my jeans....in the car.....yes my plastic its never looked so shiny........this game looks fun

redalertgamer
redalertgamer

I can't wait to buy this the screens n previews look great i almost crapped my pants in the 3rd oficial trailor after seeing kane so im ready for this game i just cant wait lets hope EA has enough consideration for the series to make it close to the storyline Heres Hoping!

Wsant20
Wsant20

I used to play red alert back in 98-99. Since then i have waited for the perfect game that wil bring back those days of glory and just in time comes this amazing new c&c game.can't wait.

Deathwing13
Deathwing13

After the second official trailer, I'm so ready to buy this!

NnethKe
NnethKe

I can't wait to have this game, I'm a huge fan of the C&C series, the previews look great, the screens are awesome, I've already upgraded my video card, hehehe, i used to have an ATi Radeon 9200(128MB) now I have an ATi Radeon 9550(256MB), I don't have so much money so that's what I can afford. :)

NnethKe
NnethKe

I can't wait to have this game, I'm a huge fan of the C&C series, the previews look great, the screens are awesome, I've already upgraded my video card, hehehe, i used to have an ATi Radeon 9200(128MB) now I have an ATi Radeon 9550(256MB), I don't have so much money so that's what I can afford. :)

nukchebi0
nukchebi0

The Scrin, like someone else mentioned, have a gigantic chance of being the third faction. The scrin ship that you saw in Renegade, the scrin ship you saw in Tiberian sun, and the fact that the Scrin infected earth with tiberium seem to point in a direction.

kilcoyne
kilcoyne

finally back to the real command and conquer after they drifted of a bit with C&C generals. the game looks amazing!! lets hope that we dont need the brand new hardware to play the game right!

Ibacala
Ibacala

We all have to remember this is a different developer. Westwood isn't producing this game so the game could drift off from its roots.

RoboChocobo
RoboChocobo

And so the 3rd TIberian War begins...I fought Kain is Serajavo, I fought him in Cairo, I'll fight Nod here as well.

Kad-Man
Kad-Man

Going to be a fun one for sure.

PowergamerBD
PowergamerBD

I can hardly wait for it to arrive but I wonder whether the gameplay would be good in multiplayer

roemin
roemin

can't wait either

Pimmeh
Pimmeh

Jesus christ dude.... The game should be perfect in every way! World detail is awesome! Story is awesome! C&C is awesome...dont wine plz pooya_d.... Its good that they improve the camera system...more way to put strategy together...

Andreas133
Andreas133

I really look forward mto getting this game, it seems great - I hope it is-. Can't wait for it to come out! :P

pooya_d
pooya_d

This is the way it is!!!!!!!!!!! they DO NOT NEED to improve graphic performance.....this is strategy game for god's sake not a 3d first person shooter..... what such a games need and don't need 1. GAME NEED GOOD GAMEPLAY NOT PERFECT GRAPHIC 2. diffenret races NOT DIFFERENT CAMERAS 3. more UNITS not world details 4. different STRATEGIES NOT different system requirments al last you know what happens ??????? GAMES SERVE VIDEO CARD COMPANIES INSTEAD OF VIDEO CARD COMPANIES SERVE THE GAME AND that means end of gameing

grenadier53
grenadier53

Well...I kno w that the Mammoth Tank has been one of the most fearful tanks in the CnC series, it occurred to me that they have made the Juggernaut Artilery Unit even worse (doesn't sound to good considering that in RA Artillieries were only good for range destruction not for head to head combat). Maybe they have made it able to attack with far range and go head to head combat...But in any case, this is going to get very interesting.

_Sam_
_Sam_

I can't wait!

kyle756
kyle756

I am glad that they are making a new C&C i had a lot of good times with the last ones and i even bought First Decade.

AuspexAO
AuspexAO

In regards to EA bashing... EA is a HUGE company with many different development houses. You can't say "EA sucks" without even knowing which part of their company is involved. However, EA is responsible for pushing a lot of games to the shelf before they are ready. Let's hope they don't that with this game. Also, I agree that Generals had unbalanced multiplayer, but single player and skirmish modes were a lot of fun and waaay better than Starcraft's ridiculous skirmish AI and Tiberium Sun's lousy single player game.

zingbabba
zingbabba

this c&c 3 looks like it has much better graphics than there other games like the first and second tiberium wars...

Taker0003
Taker0003

I also hope that the live action will be good, and I hope its better than RA2 and RA2: YR cuz its gonna be hard to beat.

wnxsoulless
wnxsoulless

Like to leave another small comment though. For those who think that GDI isn't formed out of the G8, please go and er-install tibsun and watch closely as the small circulardiagram passes by with Nod influence growing. You'll see G7 countries above the GDI logo.

julioarroyo
julioarroyo

i could not believe it when a new c&c game was coming.... it wake up old nice memories....many hours without sleep .... i want play it now !!!!!!!

gdmclanldr
gdmclanldr

finally they get back to the tiberium wars yay cant wait till it comes out!!!!

thiefvrt
thiefvrt

C&C stay with me in all a my life... amazing memories... in any way...the games of strategy going to a new generation: WAR in REALITY... the time that games erao only fasinio finished: now the contract with giants finishes with the passion that in fasinavam them: I remember of that we waited years so that a continuation (very waited well) in them we swell the eyes with plus one I capitulate… ea now orders all year a continuation. why of this? already it is enough… I wait that blizzard does not fall in this too!!!!!! ah gus sorry about my English

m762
m762

This game looks like it will be good... can't wait to see it in action.

bcashton
bcashton

It's good to hear they will keep the game going. It is and was a fantastic game. Other than TA and TA:K it was one of the only games that incorporated troops that gain experience, that to me is a huge draw. One of the reasons that I still to this day play Kingdoms, where I have a game that has been running for over six years. My avatar of anu has over five thousand kills, blade demons with seventy-five to a hundred kills, mage archers with five hundred+, my great dragons, yes plural, because along with the running count of kills, the ability to 'steal' the technology from other groups is another reason these games have so much 'playability'. In TA, I have units that are also as 'skilled', buzzsaws with thousands of kills, krogoth, etc... That's why these games stand out, in my mind, not to mention the great music as well. I can listen to Kingdoms music in the truck, that's how much I like it. Like 'window washers dream' from SimCity. Among others. I used to have the start-up music from TA as the start-up music when booting-up the computer. One of the best things that came from Tiberian Sun(or whatever) was the concrete, god I loved that, seemingly insignifigant, but, to me a great addition to the game. I hated those automatic missles launched from the headquarters though, even when my base was completely shrouded with the 'veil' of the generators it still would land in the base, BS if you ask me. But, how you could add on to buildings was awesome... the good guys power generators, with the two slots for additional turbines was a great stroke. Now if they could only add cool units like those in TA, the awesome ships(sea-based units, those f'n things rocked!!!!), the very cool planes, big bertha, buzzsaws, etc.. I hope as well they include a map editor, those are completely essential. I always build my own maps. Except in Tiberian Sun you could only randomize a few differant variables, I always tried to create a 'valley' in the bottom corner, used the walls to make fields for my tiberum, and selectively harvest as needed. Tiberian Sun, unfortunately was not one of those ones that you could walk away from and depend on the base being there when you came back, unlike RA2 or TA, TA:K. Majesty was another one with great music(i would sometimes just turn that on too hear it), tesla coils rock, RA2 had ships, didn't it? Destroyer's or somethin'... Anyway I hope that they will LISTEN too the fans and stick too the tried and true, and not get all crazy, like generals, decent game, but they designed it for a super-computer...I never bought it because it would never have run on my system, and I cannot afford to run out and buy another one. Much less the initial price of like sixty bucks just for the game....sheesh So, I say spies, stealth, gap generators, etc...good. New far fetched idea's bad. Stick with what works guys..!!!=] Oh! and the link to dreamworks doesn't work for me, I would have told them all this, if I could find the right place to do it... And save you guys all the reading...sorry...

Mr_soda_guy
Mr_soda_guy

another C&C? ^_^ Hey I might have to buy a whole new computer for it...

Flame_Co
Flame_Co

If I may be the first to say it, I think this game will be crap. EA has tried to take Westwoods games and then ruined them. Tiberean sun, which in my opinion is the worst game out of the C&C series is way better than generals. Generals was not only horribly unbalanced, but was a very slow paced RTS. As a person that grew up on C&C and Starcraft, EA should be more worried about gameplay before they can even think about the storyline. As much as I think the storyline should be good (Generals was Crap) The gameplay should be made better, more balanced, and faster paced. WE NEED YOU WESTWOOD!

o0pIumM
o0pIumM

Props to EA for keeping this classic series alive. Cant wait for it!

Leon47
Leon47

w0w it's pretty cool

FR13TA
FR13TA

just , AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH , what kind of windows do you need for this ? XXXXXXP ? and graphics card of 1GB ? damn , but this brings the magic of command and conquer back , thats about humans race that could be destroyd not on wars on our one planet , like RA1 and 2 , and Generals , but that game is fantastic , it only has a few pointy edges , this game doessent , just sick

ALZex
ALZex

Only 3 factions???? I really thought there were 4 factions? O well I know EA should perform. So hopeful the factions will be mega factions

bku512
bku512

C&C 3 first RA 3 NEXT WOOT!!!!!!

ingi118
ingi118

looking forward to this one. be interesting to know what sort of pc spec this game will be recomended to run with. looks like its gonna be huge by the pictures.

POP-3D
POP-3D

I hope there is titan and RPG Upgrade in tiberium wars , i used to walk on bases with my titans and keep my base safe with the RPG upgrade , they were realy powerful and helpful...

santifc
santifc

I always though that RA2 lost a bit of the magic that had previous games. I hope they go back to that magic.

timmy84
timmy84

I'm looking forward to this game. I have all of the C&C games, but I had to stop reading the article when it said that the First Tiberium War happend in the 2020's. If this guy is working on the game, it makes me feel that they might disregard some of the established canon of the series. Tiberian Sun takes place in the 2020's and is the second Tiberium War. The first one is 'Tiberian Dawn' which takes place 20 years before that. Plus, GDI wasn't formed by the G8, but formed by the United Nations Security Council under the Global Defense Intiative. GDI's commander answered to the UN. And it wasn't a very secret army if in the first game, during one mission briefing, you see the general making a press conference over alleged war crimes commited by the GDI forces. And to address those who say the Red Alert series is a prequel to the Tiberium series, your right . RA1 if beaten with the Soviets has one of Stalin's officers posion him in London. She then addresses you (the nameless commander) and informs you of the Brotherhoods plan. How in the 90's the Soviet Union will collapse, and the Brotherhood will rise from the ashes. She is then murdered by Kane himself. But of course, RA2 is a alternate history, which is why people think RA1 is not part of the Tiberium franchise. It is, but only with a Soviet victory. Even when you play, the Allied ending is thin of content. I'll still get Tiberium Wars, first day for the PC (I'm sure it will come out on XB360, since I've read somewhere that Battle for Middle-earth II was a test to see if it would work). But I'm expecting to see some differnces in the timeline.

assasin2
assasin2

AS far as i've seen... the planet is covered with a lot of tiberium... and NOD has been using it a lot... so imo i think NOD will win... and GDI will vanish... Humans will not be humans anymore... thats the story "THE END" ;)

Captian_Cortez
Captian_Cortez

I hope that the new machine they are talking about is the Mammoth prototype!!! That was a powerfull robot!