Celebrate 17 Years of Command & Conquer With the Ultimate Collection

Apparently Command & Conquer has reached it’s 17th anniversary and it makes me feel way too old.  But after 17 years and 17 games, EA has decided the best way to celebrate is by giving fans all of those games in one complete package. 

I’ve talked at length about my love of Command & Conquer, seeing as how the RTS genre is my favorite and it’s the first PC game I ever got my hands on all those years ago.  Normally a 17th anniversary isn’t a cause for big celebration (normally they go by decades for such things) but seeing as how the anniversary number coincides directly with the number of games released in the franchise, it makes a certain sense.

Coming out this fall (October) EA is releasing the ultimate collection, combing all the games for only $49.95.  On top of that, it’s giving you access to the BETA for the upcoming C&C release.  They’ve been updated for the new systems, which is awesome seeing as how I love playing the original Red Alert still, and will be available in stores and on Origin for download.  Here’s the press release for more details:

Happy anniversary, Commander! Seventeen years and 17 games after the release of the first Command & Conquer™ title, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) today announced Command & Conquer™ The Ultimate Collection, a compilation of all 17 games that have made Command & Conquer the #1 selling real-time strategy franchise of all time. Available later this fall for $49.99 USD, Command & ConquerThe Ultimate Collection will not only give fans a chance to re-experience all three award-winning Command & Conquer universes – the epic clash between the GDI and Nod in Tiberium, the alternate Cold War of the Red Alert series and the modern warfare in Generals – but will also give them early access to the upcoming beta for the new Frostbite™ 2 powered Command & Conquer,coming in 2013.

“As long time fans of the Command & Conquer franchise, we are excited to be able to help celebrate the legacy of the series with this compilation. Our passion for this fantastic portfolio is helping drive us as we deliver the next great Command & Conquer experience next year”

“As long time fans of the Command & Conquer franchise, we are excited to be able to help celebrate the legacy of the series with this compilation. Our passion for this fantastic portfolio is helping drive us as we deliver the next great Command & Conquer experience next year,” said Jon Van Caneghem, Vice President and General Manager, Electronic Arts.

This incredible value is now available to pre-order and includes all 17 classic Command & Conquer games which have been updated for Windows® 7 and Windows Vista. In the United States, Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection will be available online and at retail with the following:

  • Redeemable download code for all 17 Command & Conquertitles on Origin™, including:
    • Command & Conquer
    • Command & Conquer™ The Covert Operations™
    • Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™
    • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ Counterstrike™
    • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ The Aftermath™
    • Command & Conquer™ Tiberian Sun™
    • Command & Conquer™ Tiberian Sun™ Firestorm™
    • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ 2
    • Command & Conquer Red Alert™ Yuri’s Revenge™
    • Command & Conquer Renegade™
    • Command & Conquer™ Generals
    • Command & Conquer™ Generals Zero Hour
    • Command & Conquer™ 3 Tiberium Wars™
    • Command & Conquer™ 3 Kane’s Wrath
    • Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 3
    • Command & Conquer™ Red Alert™ 3 Uprising
    • Command & Conquer™ 4 Tiberian Twilight
  • Best of Command & Conquer music compilation
  • Exclusive commemorative art*
  • Early access to the next Command & Conquer experience

The Command & Conquer real-time strategy series has broken new ground in the genre over the last 17 years and 17 games by combining fast, fluid and fun action with cerebral and strategic gameplay. The franchise has also recently launched the browser-based, free-to-play Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances (http://TiberiumAlliances.com), which recently surpassed over one million registered players. Up next for fans is the new free-to-play game and platform, Command & Conquer. Coming in 2013, Command & Conquer will be an online destination for fans of the franchise and will deliver a high-quality, AAA real-time strategy experience, with high octane action and amazing visuals powered by Frostbite 2.

I hate to say that even though I’ve bought all the other collections they’ve released…I’m probably going to get this one too.  How about you guys?

-Jordan