Renegade X revives old Command & Conquer FPS

The multiplayer only Renegade X will release on PC for free Feb. 26, 2014.

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Independent developer Totem Arts will release an open beta of Renegade X, a multiplayer first-person shooter set in the Command & Conquer universe, for free on PC, Feb. 26, 2014.

Built in Unreal Engine 3, Renegade X is based on the multiplayer mode of the 2002 release Command & Conquer: Renegade, which used the real-time strategy series' fiction as a setting for an FPS.

Its multiplayer mode was especially novel at the the time, as it combined traditional team-based FPS multiplayer with RTS elements like resource management and unit production.

"We've been working on Renegade X for over six years," Totem Arts founder Bilal Bakri told GameSpot in an email. "In my childhood, I was an avid Command & Conquer fan and PC gamer. C&C Renegade represented the first FPS with RTS elements, and although it was unique, it was largely overlooked. Its graphics and single player campaign were mediocre, its netcode was poor, and it was overshadowed by games like Medal of Honor, Battlefield 1942, and Halo."

Bakri says that a few core developers and hundreds of helping hands have been working on Renegade X since 2007. "We've put money into the game from our own pockets," he said. "We run a website, servers, and we work on the game on a daily basis."

It's been a while since Electronic Arts has done anything with the Command & Conquer license. It was developing a free-to-play version of the game, but in October 2013 we learned that the project was canceled and that the studio developing it disbanded.

Still, this is something that would typically cause a big publisher to issue a cease and desist request, but Bakri says that Totem Arts has enjoyed a good relationship with EA over the years, who are allowing them to develop Renegade X as long as it remains free.

"EA even helped us get into the Make Something Unreal Contest and win big. However, most of our contacts at the former EA LA have since moved on," he said.

You can check out the impressive video of the game below and also play its single player demo, Renegade X: Black Dawn.

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