EA cancels free-to-play Command & Conquer game, closes studio

[UPDATE] Publisher cans upcoming game, closes Victory Games.

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[UPDATE] Electronic Arts has closed Victory Games, the publisher told GameSpot.

"This does mean the Victory Games team will be disbanded. Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities with EA," a representative said.

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Electronic Arts today canceled its free-to-play Command & Conquer game that was in development at Victory Games in Los Angeles, California.

"Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play. That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game," the developer wrote on its website. "Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it’s about getting you the game you expect and deserve."

Victory Games will refund any and all money players spent in the beta, the developer said.

According to one developer (via Polygon), not only is Command & Conquer canceled, but Victory Games has also closed its doors. An Electronic Arts representative was not immediately available to comment.

The game, simply called Command & Conquer, was announced in December 2011 as Command & Conquer: Generals 2, and was later rebranded a free-to-play, multiplayer-focused platform. Though the game in its present form is no more, Victory Games said it is looking into how it can "get the game back on track."

"We believe that Command & Conquer is a powerful franchise with huge potential and a great history, and we are determined to get the best game made as soon as possible," the developer said. "To that end, we have already begun looking at a number of alternatives to get the game back on track. We look forward to sharing more news about the franchise as it develops. Thank you again for your participation and support."

EA reports earnings for its latest financial period today, where additional information about the cancellation of Command & Conquer and the status of Victory Games may be provided.

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