Tiberium terminated

Following troubling rumors, EA confirms it has pulled the plug on the Command and Conquer-based FPS because it did not meet quality standards.

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At the end of July, Electronic Arts announced it was delaying the launch of Tiberium on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Without citing any specific issues, the publisher postponed the first-person spin-off of the Command & Conquer series until its 2010 fiscal year, meaning the earliest it would have hit retail was April 2009.

Today came news that Tiberium won't hit retail, period. This afternoon, EA confirmed to GameSpot that the title has been canceled outright, a victim of an internal quality-control audit by EA. The game was in development at EA's Los Angeles studio, where the next installment in the C&C series, Command and Conquer Red Alert 3, remains in the works for the PC and Xbox 360.

"EA has suspended work on Tiberium effective immediately," corporate communications spokesperson Mariam Sughayer told GameSpot. "The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games Label. A lower-quality game is not in the best interest of the consumers and would not succeed in this market." Since taking over in 2007, EA CEO John Riccitiello and EA Games president Frank Gibeau have said they are implementing a more strident quality-control system at EA's numerous internal studios.

As a result of the cancellation, an unidentified number of employees are being let go from EALA. Sughayer explained that "every effort" is being made "to place talented people on other projects." Besides Red Alert 3, EALA is home to a number of Steven Spielberg-produced games, including a 360/PS3 sci-fi shooter. It's also where 300 director Zack Snyder will be setting up shop to work on a trio of new IPs with EA.

Discussion

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cncfan123
cncfan123

really i think that red alert 3 was the gayest game they have ever made, i love command and conquer but i cannot stand red alert 3, im sure a first person shooter of tiberium wars would be a lot better than red alert 3, if they are canceling this then they should have canceled red alert 3

game_gt3
game_gt3

an awesome game but the boss of ea doesnt know what quallity is the C&C fans want the game not the quallity renegade has a bad quallity but it was very succesfull just because its in the tib universe and this game's viuals are nice. the game would have been succesfull a medium quallity c&c game is worth more than a high quallity sh1t

TKKTTONY
TKKTTONY

Such a good game I was looking forward on playing it has been Cancelled. So sad... I thought it was something like Renegade but way better. Now they've cancelled it. Same goes for Haze. Haze and Tiberium were similar and I know a lot of FPS fans were looking forwards on playing it and it got cancelled. Disappointing news.

V_0_1_D
V_0_1_D

wtf, so they think they know what quality means, interesting i bet it would be better than C&C3

John_Stacy
John_Stacy

EA is affected by the Global Crisis LOL! so sad

LtBad
LtBad

Looking at all these cool in-game pictures, it is hard to believe that it did not meet standards. This would have been one of the best shooters, I think. Oh, well.

Brother_of_bit
Brother_of_bit

hmm. that sux. i hope its true,the reason, and if it is then its a good thing, i wouldnt want a crappy game costing me 60 bucks

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

"The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games Label." That is UTTERLY, HILARIOUSLY, ridiculous. EA? Standards of quality? SINCE WHEN!?

alexaurus
alexaurus

Aww shoot ... and i was reallyx4 loking forward to this game arrrrgh!!

mrcookie44
mrcookie44

I read somewhere that a FPS based on the tiberium universe was upcoming. I got so happy; that wouldve been a game that i wanted.. such a shame that they cancelled it

Cerebris
Cerebris

They need to renew the franchise through the FPS universe, similar to Renegade. If they don't... it will lose a lot of the credibility towards the versatility and power of EA. EA has the money, and the technology... they can rebuild it. It would be a great shout out to the fans and put a lot of faith and trust back in them, if they would pick this back up. - Cere.

jackocomp
jackocomp

People need to remember it costs many many $$$$ to develope a game from scratch & if said game looks like it may not meet the standards then it is also possible it won't get the buyer/players. C & C has got to where it is through the work EA has put into it & I personally think they should keep C & C the way it is as that is what has made it such a great game.

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

wouldnt surprise me if the coding ended up on the web like blue shift and countless others for Dreamcast that got scrapped and then leaked by Devs that wanted their work to be admired

ALZex
ALZex

What a waist of resources just release the game as is..... from some back door website!!

soldjango
soldjango

why!!!!! I wanted it to come out it looked so awesome now the only people that have the game are the people that have the beta.

ponic3
ponic3

C&C 3 had an epic storyline in my book, and I really want to know what happens next in the story

sandyqbg
sandyqbg

Too bad. I was looking forward even tho I was not too keen on it

lukeman_dhemong
lukeman_dhemong

i seen games which is crap still got relesed, let the consumer decide if it is no good or not.thats what games review are for.

ceyxxx
ceyxxx

This is typical corporate BS. Translation: "We wanted to fire some people."

kane4ever1
kane4ever1

it would be nice if EA just released finished it up and released it for free that would get them alot of positive PR, or as a down loadable mini-game for 10 bucks... just an Idea if any of you EA Cronies are looking over this...

G-Unit1422
G-Unit1422

I was looking forward to this one...but EA screwed it again, another one goes to the RIP bin... :( !

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jacklim555
jacklim555

they really should refine the graphic nt cancel the game. making a game isn't cheap

emopwner5
emopwner5

I was hoping this wouldn't come out... They were going to screw it up with this just like CnC Renegade.

BeefySneak
BeefySneak

Really, that's good news. I thought this game was going to suck. I'm glad they're sticking to what Cnc does best.

00Terry00
00Terry00

Could also be a financial problem...I mean the economy is down lately.

00Terry00
00Terry00

(Sob)Was looking towards to this. The game would of been very cool with all the units CnC 3 has, sad they pulled the plug...hope they will continue it.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

CnC had no business as a FPS. Makes me wonder what other games EALA is messing up.

privateazib
privateazib

why doesnt ea try to up the quality if it isnt good enough? they should try to remake the game instead of canceling it!

campper89
campper89

ah it was going to crap any whos i mean if the put it as command and conquer tiberium i think it would of been better but they didn't so i think cnc fan just gave it the cold solder

shaun_loal
shaun_loal

i was actually looking forward to buy tiberium and then they cancel it. what a shame when the quality is bad you cancel it?! ea makes great games but they should have looked more a the gameplay and not the quality. an they should have been a little more creative most of the thing u see in tiberium you can see again in crysis !! anyway ea makes very bad move by canceling al their games... buuh xO

furfight
furfight

Thank god, EA is decimating Command & Conquers good name with its flashy graphics and crappy storylines. This was not a Command & Conquer FPS, its another Crysis with GDI emblems glued on

EverteMax
EverteMax

wateva the case, EA just don't let go of the tiberium universe...make CnC4... to me, the tiberium universe n storyline is interesting no matter what genre the game is...

frog154
frog154

As with all massive corporations, everyone is gonna hate them, its always the way. I for one like some of their games (not all) but the more people who play their games, the more people there are to be vocal about how they hate them.

redalertgamer
redalertgamer

i love how everyone harps on EA because of thier quality of games THEN they harp on EA for cancelling a game that would be of very bad quality... it seems people are hating EA for no reason they try to imporve quality then they get attacked for doing it i was actually looking forward to tiberium(even though it could never best renegade in my eyes) its a shame but i was gonna buy it day one n if it sucked then i wouldve had another reason not to buy EA stuff

TPSISO9000
TPSISO9000

If EA IS trying to improve its standards by purchasing talented companies to make up for thier internal screw-ups, and hold their products to a higher standard, then that great news. Problem is, when a great product isn't meeting quality standards, you improve the quality. If that means bring in new people, change teams or start over, thats what you do. You cancel a title outright, especially early on, when you don't think it will make you money. EA doesn't think it will get a significant financial return vs. the expense to make a FPS that will stand up in this market. Unfortunatly, they may be right. In the comming months odds are people spending will really drop, and only the really quality titles and games with names that guarantee cash (Pokemon) will make up the huge new-gen investments. The fans need to tell EA that we want Tiberium, and make it loud enough to change their minds.

brood_aliance
brood_aliance

People who hate EA sicken me. Look, they dropped this game because it sucked. When EA bought Bioware, I was like WOOT!!, and all of you guys are saying BOOO!!!. EA = Lots of Money = More developers = Better game

trollkind
trollkind

EA Quality standards = revenue projection (or whatever the technical term would be) It's the EA way, sure you can sell your company or project to them for big money, just remember that you SOLD it to EA. EALA studios is no devil but EA's financial bigheads only live and die by the dollar.

Richard7666
Richard7666

Jesus, if this was low quality by EA's standards, it really must have been terrible, considering how derivative and bland their internally developed games that DO manage to hit shelves usually are =/

shazam_lp
shazam_lp

What a shame, EA is slowly losing respect in the market.

Desulated
Desulated

Thats a shame i liked Renegade and hoped for a better shooter. Oh well its EA what do you expect.

Arlondiluthel
Arlondiluthel

Well, that's disappointing... I was looking forward to Tiberium... but, it makes no sense that they pulled the plug, it was the logical next installment of the C&C universe, original, Red Alert, shooter, original Red Alert, spin-off, original, Red Alert...

AurusRegulus
AurusRegulus

I don't think that this FPS was ever really in development. It was all a ploy so that EA could just 'cancel' it to try to convince us of their 'quality standards'.

tsb247
tsb247

Qaulity standards? It's EA! Do they even have any! I, for one, am quite disappointed. While I wasn't expecting much, I was really hoping this would see the light of day.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

I was hopeing it was going tobe another renegade..I enjoy tats bargain bin shooter...a shame...its funny the bargain bin games are more entertaining than the flagship AAA!!11 titles....

rosen22
rosen22

"The game was not on track to meet the high quality standards set by the team and by the EA Games Label. A lower-quality game is not in the best interest of the consumers and would not succeed in this market." lol lol lol lol lol lol lol whats does quality standards mean from EA? they make any old tat. so they dropped something that was going to take too much time to make a profit out of and used it as an excuse to lay off sum ppl at the same time..how long they spend on spore? their swansong game. regardless of gamespot review..the game was shallow and shudnt have take as long as it did to make they sicken me

p00phead
p00phead

I was looking forward to this

steve770
steve770

If I ever heard a bunch of crap this is it. EA is telling us that TIBERIUM was not meeting their "high quality standards." What the heck, they're making the game. Improve your standards and make the game. Am I missing something here? Come on EA get serious. A Pox on EA.