Command & Conquer Multiplayer Saved From the Demise of GameSpy Servers

Five Command & Conquer titles that had been running on the now-defunct GameSpy servers have new support from the Revora Network.

In May, GameSpy multiplayer servers shut down, rendering numerous games' online modes unplayable. Notably, five Command & Conquer titles lost their multiplayer functionality and it was uncertain whether any company would come to their rescue.

But now, C&C fans can rest easy, because the multiplayer in Command & Conquer Generals, Zero Hour, 3, Kane's Wrath, and Red Alert 3 has been saved by a group of developers and modders called the Revora Network. The new server was made fully compatible with the game, meaning you log in and play almost exactly the same as before. All you need to do is download a C&C online launcher from the group's site.

Access to the new server is free, but the Revora Network is asking for donations to keep the support going.

This support is different than third-party applications like GameRanger because it's meant as a direct continuation of the original multiplayer experience. "C&C:Online is intended as a direct continuation of the online experience you're familiar with," the group explains on its site. "You don't have to launch multiplayer games through third-party software; instead you can keep playing the way you've always played."

Several other games were not rescued from the demise of GameSpy servers. A few Rockstar games, including Midnight Club: Lost Angeles on the PlayStation 3 and Max Payne 3 on the Mac, lost multiplayer support outright, and many others do not have leaderboards any longer. It's good, then, to see community members coming together to support these games post-GameSpy.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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19 comments
hystavito
hystavito

Nice to see people stepping up to keep these old games going, I commend them.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

The only one worth saving out of that bunch is C&C 3, and I guess Kane's Wrath while we are at it since it is the expansion to C&C 3.  Since Westwood was just liquidated and the game was being developed by EA Los Angeles, the hate for EA was at an all-time high, but I unexpectedly was very happy with playing C&C 3.  The changes they made to their RTS formula, and the wide variety of units brought about very good balance between the sides and lots of creative ways to attack or counter.


Generals and Zero Hour was okay.  Entertaining, but easily forgettable.


Red Alert 3 was an atrocity.  The Red Alert series was always superior to the Tiberium series.  I never thought it was possible for a Red Alert game to be utter crap until I played Red Alert 3.  


Revora Network, I appreciate your efforts in saving these games but just dump that pile of horse dung called Red Alert 3.  The 5 people in denial that its a crap game can just play skirmish games vs the AI.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

Generals was ok. Some people loved it, some people hated it. I think i prefer Starcraft and Warcraft over the newer C and C's. The orginals were fun. 

Ashbfc
Ashbfc

Affirmative!! oh and f*ck EA for ruining my all time favourite RTS series.

zizo490
zizo490

No westwood,No Command Conquer.

vadagar1
vadagar1

there goes the neighborhood....

construction complete

repairing

insufficient silos   


nuclear missile ready


ion canon ready


:(

stevezul
stevezul

One RTS game that I would kill to play- Command n Conquer Generals 2 !! I just don't understand why they scrap the development of that game. We seriously need a good RTS game after a long time having none of it (while being dished abundantly with shooters and...shooters).



Rikomi
Rikomi

I miss Tiberian Sun, it was a great online game but the playerbase was like 100 people, all from the UK. Everyone used to call each other m8, they would put 1k or 2k on the end of their names, and capitalize random letters. I was CrAwLeR1k. Playing Terrace or Forest Fires... oh the memories.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Hopefully they won't pull an Activation and remove the servers like they did with alteriwnet and ruin the game for everyone.

ghost140
ghost140

Careful Revora EA might be thinking of a way to sue for those donations your getting.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Wouldn't of been in trouble in the first place if they were not developed by EA who dumped them on that garbage system which is a haven for lazy developers who can't be bothered to develop a multiplayer system.

It's had the same bugs in it since 2003

fusionmark1
fusionmark1

@lfebaggins I sadly have to refuse your comment if you red alert 3 is bad then go on with what you wish, but until the day it refuses the ability to actually do what every other command and conquer does like C&C 4 it is not crap.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

@stevezul The developers fought back against a pay to win rip off DLC multiplayer content only EA fest.

DeadPhoenix86
DeadPhoenix86

@ghost140  and why would EA do that??? they are basically hosting all the servers. which cost money to setup and running. so the donation is definitely not a bad idea.