A new developer diary style video for the upcoming free-to-play Command & Conquer found its way online over the weekend. Titled "Beyond the Battle: Part 1", the clip features serveral senior members of the Victory Games team talking about their aspirations for the title.
Notably, the video features a guest appearance from Louis Castle, one of the co-founders of original Command & Conquer developer West Wood Studios, and a bold comment from the new game's Lead Designer Samuel Bass, who is hoping to "Wash the stain of C&C 4 away", indicating that the team wants to distance itself from the poorly received 2010 title.
Victory Games Senior Technical Game Designer Jeremy Townsend describes the roots of the franchise as being "base building that doesn't feel like a chore, harvesting that doesn't require your full attention, and a focus on fast-action and lots of viable strategies in the actual combat", and hopes that the Victory Team can recreate those pillars.
Overall the team appears excited about developing the game as a service, as opposed to a one-off retail product, praising the ability they're going to have to be able to respond to player feedback to balance the game in a live product.
There's a few new bits and pieces of gameplay in its Frostbite 2 glory as well. Watch the video below.
Command & Conquer is expected to launch this year, and beta registrations are now open over at commandandconquer.com.