Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars Feature Preview - Campaign Structure

The 38 missions in Tiberium Wars span the globe, but now you can find out which theaters of war you'll fight in when the game ships next month.

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This week's release of the Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars PC demo was huge news for fans of both the storied series and real-time strategy games. The first Command & Conquer game in years, Tiberium Wars represents a return to the series' mix of fast-paced RTS gameplay and full-motion video cutscenes. You will command the forces of the noble Global Defense Initiative, the shadowy Brotherhood of Nod, or the new alien faction, the Scrin, in a battle for Earth, and in between, you'll watch cutscenes starring such actors as Michael Ironside and Billy Dee Williams.

Three factions will fight for control of Earth in Tiberium Wars, and one of them is not of this world.

The game will depict the Third Tiberium War, Tiberium being an alien element that is slowly contaminating the planet but that can also be used as a powerful resource for building war machines and structures. The single-player campaign will consist of 38 missions divided into 11 "theaters of war," and each faction has its own unique story. We have the details of how the action in Tiberium Wars will unfold below so you can brace yourself for the battles to come when the game ships next month. Spoiler Warning: The following reveals plot details regarding the single-player campaign.

GDI

If you had a chance to play the single-player demo, you'll be familiar with the setup and opening missions of the GDI. After the first two Tiberium Wars as seen in previous Command & Conquer games, the GDI has stabilized the strategic situation. The Brotherhood of Nod has, for all practical purposes, disappeared, and the battle now is to get a handle on the Tiberium situation. Approximately 30 percent of the planet's surface is categorized as red zone, which is uninhabitable because of Tiberium contamination. Another 50 percent is categorized as yellow zone, which means it is contaminated but barely habitable. This is where many of the world's population, desperate and sympathetic to Nod, live. The remaining 20 percent of the surface is categorized as blue zone; it is Tiberium free and the last refuge for civilization and the forces of the GDI.

The GDI campaign begins in the yellow zone badlands of North Carolina. Without warning, the GDI encounters major Nod forces for the first time in years, and this a harbinger of things to come. The Brotherhood of Nod launches a decapitation attack that destroys the GDI's orbital command-and-control platform, the GDSS Philadelphia. The sudden loss of the Philadelphia cripples the GDI, and Nod forces launch attacks worldwide. Your role will be to stabilize the situation in the Northeastern blue zone on the Eastern seaboard. First up, you will have to defend the Pentagon from attack. After that, you have a choice. You can next retake Langley Air Force Base in Virginia or recapture the Hampton Roads Naval Base. This decision will influence subsequent missions. Either way, your final task in the Northeastern blue zone will be to reclaim the White House.

The Eastern seaboard is in trouble, and you, as GDI commander, must save it.

Next up in the GDI storyline is the North African theater of war. North Africa is a yellow zone, but it's also a Nod stronghold. The action in North Africa will take place mainly in the desert, as you might expect, but you should also expect urban combat. Alexandria will serve as a stepping stone to Cairo, your ultimate goal in North Africa. There, you must take out a nuclear-weapons facility in the city.

After North Africa, GDI forces will head to Eastern European battlefields in Croatia, Albania, and Bosnia. And after that, it's on to Western Europe, specifically Germany and Italy, for the third and fourth theaters of war. The details of these battles remain a secret, but if you know your history of the Tiberium Wars, then you'll know that Italy is where it all started, so this means a return to old battlegrounds. Only now, Italy is the heart of the world's largest red zone. The Italian battles appear to be the end of the GDI campaign, so it looks like that saga will come full circle there.

Brotherhood of Nod

It makes sense that the Brotherhood of Nod campaign partly mirrors the GDI campaign. In it, you will be able to see many of the same events seen in the GDI campaign, only from the perspective of the other side. Therefore, the Nod campaign begins with the lead-up to the attack on the Philadelphia. This will require infiltrating the Goddard Space Center in Maryland. By seizing control of that, you can neutralize all the orbital defenses and take out the Philadelphia.

As soon as the Philadelphia is down, the campaign opens up with attacks on a wide front. Again, there's a branching structure to the missions, so you can choose your next target: Andrews Air Force Base or the White House. After that, it's on to Hampton Roads Naval Base to take out a brand-new GDI aircraft carrier and to seize a port that can allow a stream of Nod reinforcements and supplies. Your ultimate objective is to capture Washington DC itself. If you succeed, you'll be promoted and move on to the next theater of war. But instead of the sands of North Africa, you're headed to South America and the Amazon.

The Nod will go down under to Australia before returning to Italy to finish its campaign.

If you're expecting to battle it out in a lush jungle paradise, forget it. South America is a big yellow zone, and the Tiberium contamination has turned the rain forests of the Amazon into a desert. You'll engage various GDI units in this area before moving on to the Atlantic coast to take out an important GDI facility. The Nod campaign will then converge again with the GDI campaign in the Eastern Europe theater of war. The details regarding this theater of war also remain a secret, but after that, there's a quick jaunt over to Australia before both campaigns finally converge upon Italy.

Scrin

Details on the Scrin campaign are very scarce because the faction wasn't officially unveiled until recently. We do know that the Scrin campaign will span across all of Europe, including an invasion of London. You should expect to see Parliament and Big Ben on the screen, probably getting blown up by the alien hordes. That's about all we know. EA is still keeping much of the Scrin campaign secret, but we will learn about the relationship of the aliens to the mysterious Tiberium over the course of Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars.

Discussion

112 comments
matias_258
matias_258

C&C is superb, C&C is a lifestyle Praise for all ppl who had made it loves the demo very much! but got something very disappointing..... the units between NOD and GDI are look alike and they dont have significant difference especially their infantry and low tech vehicles and their commandos but overall the game looks nice and cant wait for playing the full version!

241
241

I can't wait till I get my copy of C&C3, I've been playin ZH way too long. I'm so looking forward to playing that game, I CANT STOP WATCHING THE TRAILER!!!

abdulrahiem
abdulrahiem

Only 2 day's left:shock:and i can't wait:Di'm plying a demo of command and conquer 3 and it's awesome:)but i'm bored to play a demo:?i conquer the map in all difficulty:Di want the full version:) ARI8)

generaljw
generaljw

I think the command and conquer team deserves some real credit as my computer is seriously old in terms of cutting edge components yet I was still able to download the demo and play it. Having been able to play it, I can say for sure that the finished game will be both great to play and visually stunning once i try my luck at building a new computer. For all you players who have crap pc's like me, dont let the seriously poor visuals ruin your opinion, base your opinion solely on the units u see in the demo and the immersiveness that is C&C, knowing that with the finished game and better specs, C&C 3 will bring it home. The only critiscism i have is that both Nod and GDI have commando's who arent really unique in anyway. C&C generals zero hour did very well with their hero units. Colonel Burton, Jarmen Kell and Black Lotus were not able to do all the same attacks etc but all proved to be very dangerous and in black lotus' case, very annoying IF USED PROPERLY. but anyway, hopefully the Scrin will help accomadate for that and if we're lucky, the finsihed game just might have improvements made on the commandos. Sadly though,like Supreme Commander, people will critiscise it for its performance on old pc's, I dont mean in terms of speed, I mean visually and to be honest with all the next generation graphics cards and games, Tiberium 3 needs to be able to utilize the new components to be truly untouchable. but as I said before, the fact that its able to function as a next generation game and still be played on old pc's so that we can still try it out.

jjj521
jjj521

i love to head that C&C is arise again!! Cant wait to try it!!

dragonknightx0
dragonknightx0

The story mode has always been a very phenominal part of the C&C series, but the multiplayer is what makes the game.

viridiandragon
viridiandragon

C&C: Tiberium war is better. I can't wait the online multiplayer. This demo is easy to understand and after few games, you definitely understand how to play the game. I just love the game's animation, how u create buildings and units. That's a thing specific to C&C. If you want to know how big are C&C fans, go to C&C3 main website, and check out how the fans are blessing the website. It's a real community for fans.

blackheart_used
blackheart_used

how many are YOU out there who have played the first C&C game a decade ago? how many are you out there who have friends at least three, or maybe dozens who have played that C&C and LOVIN it or just maybe already tried this demo? I have dozen of friends, and only me to be the first to try the demo, I told about the upcoming release new C&C tiberium wars and they were really psyched, they've tried it (the demo) and we all both waiting for the D day. its hard for Supreme Commander to beat C&C fans, C&C is like Coca Cola, iths been established a decade ago, a good quality SERIAL gaming with all those nostalgic fans is just unbeatable but I just dont know about you guys, ARE Comand and Conquer Fans really this big?

hairy_freak
hairy_freak

startefy games r the best this is a definite 4 me

gmax
gmax

And C&C fans await tentatively...

AgentNick
AgentNick

I think Supreme Commander wins on the 'large scale level of carnage' front, but I think C&C3 wins on the whole 'making fast-paced combat mixed with strategy and economy' idea. I already bought Supreme Commander and I have the Kane Edition of C&C3 preordered. If it's Supreme Commander vs. C&C3 for the best RTS game of the Spring, I think we're the ones who win.

GraveDiggerPL
GraveDiggerPL

damn,im not a big fan of strategies,but after looking at some screenshots i think im going to play this game.

crozzan
crozzan

Great Game!, Lets see who wins... C&C 3: Tiberium Wars V.S. Supreme Commander Standby for more...

Danoli3
Danoli3

OMG Australia finally get a real part in a game! At last EALA

Master_yoda
Master_yoda

Does any one else feel like the animations are slow in the demo like units take forever to get somewhere or infantry take their sweet time falling to the ground when they're shot?

Acob101
Acob101

it is trhe same as every c&c out there i played it for like 5 min and i knew what to build how to build what units to put together it looks beautiful i will say it is the best rts ive ever seen i was impressed but it really is the same old thing. its like the madden of RTS but at least for any returning players there will not be a learning curve

lorddarthvik
lorddarthvik

For those who whine about Supreme commander being better, I'v played both the TibWars demo and the supreme commander demo and beta, and I have to say they have different kind of gameplay style, just like it was with Total An. and the older CnC's. It's pointless to compare the two. Supreme Commander is about who can click faster (the first who gets the most mass spots wins), and CnC is about finding a backdoor to the enemy base and using the correct unit for the task (artillery/tanks/infantry). So you need a bit of thinking in CnC. I will never forget how furious my enemies were when I started teleporting their assembled forces into the sea with a chronosphere in RA2 :P From the demo it seems that this game will be as good as the original CnC and Red Alert. A must have for all RTS game fans.

BigOldMrChris
BigOldMrChris

I have always loved the c&c games and when i saw that the demo could be downloaded i nearly shouted with excitement . Yet when i played the mission for the first time i really wasnt that impressed , so i had a sleep on it and in the morning i tried it again along with the skirmish and I LOVED it very much. A lot of people are complaining abou thow it is generals with a lick of paint and at first i thought the same , but if your compare the graphics there is a huge difference. After playing the second time my faith had been restored and i cannot wait till release . x

4743hudsonj
4743hudsonj

This game looks f**king amazing, i really wanted to play the demo but everytime i download it and start it up, it just restarts my computer.

Kael1982
Kael1982

Like Archon said...I was bursting out laughing when I saw the Tesla Coil comment. The Obelisk of Light though...brought back some good old memories (anyone remember the wall exploit bug? was cool to create a lane for the enemies to follow to the end where a couple of Obelisks are waiting). The imminent sound of doom as they power up sends chills down my spine! I can understand the lack of depth and massing end game units within minutes but correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that how it has always been? The race of pace and of course tank rushes. That's the name of the game for the original one. The Demo is great. However, Tiberium sun was a huge letdown. I hope this one will restore my faith in what can be said as my first RTS game almost a decade ago... But let's admit it folks, especially the ones who played the original...you are going to buy it for nostalgia and Kane didn't you? I know I am haha!

RPG_Ash
RPG_Ash

I played the demo from FilePlanet.com and it really is very good. Its so good i think i'm going to get it when it comes out.

Sassal
Sassal

I cant wait to play as Scrin in skirmishes. From what i saw in the demo i really liked the way the units looked. But can this game beat Supreme Commander in popularity....ovcourse :D

snowyjoe
snowyjoe

I love C&C but i acturally like Red Alert and Yuri more..... Im gonnna buy this game, play it, and then try and wait and see if they come up with a Red Alert 3 or somthing close to it. I mean I think Red Alerts plot was great! and every unit was great to play with! the only thing that let it down was the AI, it just kept on doing the exact same thing every time, so all you gotta do is place a prism towere here and there and then just build your army, also thie new C&C tib wars's AI aint looking that good either, they cant really fire or attack properly

diabloJonathan
diabloJonathan

im looking forward to when it comes out havnt played the demo but i did have fun with the old Command and Conquer red alert game for the ps1 and now its coming on the best console the xbox 360 i cant wait!

nanasawa
nanasawa

I agree with Archon. This is not a "Graphical Update". If it were a graphical update of the most recent game in the series released, it'd be under the "Generals" Series. But it's under the Original Series. As in Tib Dawn, Tib Sun, Tib Wars. This game has next to nothing in common with Generals anyways. Maybe I should explain everything about Command and Conquer to all the simpletons here.

Archon_Rouge
Archon_Rouge

You guys make me very sad. You keep saying what you think the game should be, or what you don't like about how the game works, when it's obvious that the only CnC game you've ever played is probably Generals (That includes ZH). The game cannot be merely called a "graphics update" because then you could label any sequel to any game such. That's a very ignorant thing to call it. Especially since none of the units in the game, none of the structures, look like any units in any previous CnC games, with the exception of maybe one or two. The interface is completely different than that of any previous CnC game, and the storyline is adding onto the previous TIBERIUM universe CnC games. For the one who is disappointed by lack of tesla coils... you're dumb, tesla coils aren't in the Tiberium universe, they are in the red alert universe, they will never cross over. As for the Philidelphia getting destroyed, that wasn't revealed to happen in this demo, it was revealed that it would happen a long time ago, and it's supposed to be one of the first things to happen in the actual GDI campaign.

Mafioso_53
Mafioso_53

was the giving away of the Philidelphia getting blown up neccesary in this preview, you'd think they wouldn't want to spoil it...whatever. anyways glad to see the cutscenes and old building system are back, the unit design is kinda meh, the mammoth tank is like 90% tracks an 10% actual tank. i also miss the titan, it gave some variety. Love the new ion cannon. We shall see how it pans out, and what way Kane cheats death again (:

stormlifter
stormlifter

The demo was great! Quite a wonderful rendition of the originals. It does have a reused feel to it, a few new elements. Hopefully they keep the updates up and add stuff. I am a bit disappointed about the lack of walls in multi-player and also was hoping for the return of the Tesla coil and a few others and maybe some more new stuff, perhaps a more advanced interface, I don't know what it is, but something is missing.

zonetroperalpha
zonetroperalpha

looks great, hopefully theyr not gonna have just the biuld your base and destroy ur oponent type of missions. i hope there r missions like capture jake mcneil from ts.

uofmfan126
uofmfan126

Looks like they might have a good command and conquor on their hands....

amerus
amerus

have to agree with natebayn, feels like a copy with some grafical updates, and some nice vids. but hey, its C&C :) baa i hate big gaming companys

blackheart_used
blackheart_used

I remember the times when I play the 1ST COMMAND AND CONQUER during the 90'S, GOSH I was 11 years old and got so amazed by such graphic, its way better than PS1, AND now came 'THE' game for the 21ST CENTURY, and I got this 17 inch flat LCD display, an X1800 graphic card, the awesome windows VISTA 32 bit version(thank god), 2 GIGs of RAM, and a decent but powerful AMD64 chip, AND IT COST THE SAME WHEN I BUY THOSE JUNK PC'S OF THE 90'S. COMMAND AND CONQUER REALLY TOOK A GEART PART IN MY LIFE and I JUST DONT WANT TO BE DISSAPOINTED. BUT I BELIEVE I WONT, I EXPECT GREAT THINGS after Ive finished downloading the demo my hand is so itchy I cant scratch it

arnaob
arnaob

After playing demo I wanted to play the full version of game.I loved C&C universe.

Sandro909
Sandro909

This is going to be awesome. That screenshot of the fight in front of a ruined Big Ben gave me chills. :D

ARGSmith
ARGSmith

Yes the game is merely a graphics update as Nate said, it also is a pretty shallow game lacking depth. The whole game really seems like a dumbed down remake of the original game.

natebayne
natebayne

Played the demo... its nothing more than a graphics update... as much asi hate to say it.. ive been a huge fan of the CnC series.... oh well.. RIP CNC... hopefully someday you'll come back.

alejoshadow
alejoshadow

This game sounds awesome. It looks even better than the rest of the C&C series, especially the original Tiberium Wars. I cannot wait until it comes out so I can add it to my C&C collection.

nemmo_ays
nemmo_ays

The demo it's great. I have C&C The First Decade, i love C&C, The Scrin?we shell see, GDI are the best :)

Archon_Rouge
Archon_Rouge

My response to gabcd86, is that, Sony isn't an American developer. And, most of Red Alert 2, was America being invaded. As for the issue of depth in this game. It's a "fast-paced" game. It isn't Supreme Commander where it can take 378 minutes (and thats no exaggeration) to get the experimental artillery. You are meant to be able to build fast. And, there aren't units that are replaced by stronger versions like in games such as Supreme Commander. All the units I've seen so far in CnC3 have their own, unique, purpose and can be useful if used correctly. Sure the option to spam the mammoth tank is an option. But it's an option in most every game to spam the stronger of the units.

eduardo_an
eduardo_an

For the people telling that the game has no depth because you can build the high tech units under 3 minutes... They are right you can do that, but forget to win that battle against a human because rushing to the the ultimate buildings only get your base desolated and with no money, any human will notice that and send you a small army targeting your power plants, and then destroying your desolated base.

Hydrolix
Hydrolix

I have played the demo on an ancient desktop and my 2 year old laptop. Game plays great on both systems. Granted the details are all on med. or low, but it plays great! That is, until someone drops a nuke then its choke city till the animation is done.

crozzan
crozzan

Must upgrade my obsolete PC!!

BeyondItAll
BeyondItAll

The demo shows while the game sure has the old CnC look, the game has virtually no depth. You get to the games best units in a couple of minutes (And the map on the demo is suppose to be a low resource map) . . . So the game basically ends up being a spam fest of the games top units as most of the early game units become useless in just a few minutes as you obtain the the power houses.

Fable_Lord
Fable_Lord

i played the demo (like many) and i played every C&C game.. i will buy this game for sure :D and its great that you dont have to have dx10 of vista or a monsterpc :)

gabcd86
gabcd86

WTF! Why the hell do American developers always make England and Europe the place of mass destruction, where everything goes wrong until the USA comes in to save the day - Resistance, probably lotsa other war games and now this one! I know the USA saved Europe 60 friggin years ago but move on! American game companies all screw Europe - Sony just did it multiple times! And yes, i am not entirely serious. I won't watch London getting owned, cos i won't play this game cos it might well be dx 10 - am i right? If it isn't, it's still out of my league!