It seems as though the RTS series Command and Conquer is destined for a Free-to-Play title after-all. After EA’s latest major attempt at reviving the troubled series imploded before ever reaching open beta, the idea of a new legitimate C&C title -let alone another free one- seemed to have died with it. That is until someone remembered Renegade X, a completely free fan project which aims to revitalize EA’s long lost attempt at combining an FPS with the RTS series through the release of Command & Conquer: Renegade.
Renegade X attempts to recreate the feeling of the original, by expanding on the game’s concept using the Unreal 3 engine, all while ironing out the original’s faults. Created by the mod team Totem Arts, Renegade X focuses on players working together to destroy the enemy’s base, building by building. Each structure destroyed inhibits the enemy team from using certain upgrades or vehicles types, forcing players to adapt their strategies accordingly.
The re-imagining of Renegade has been in the works for over half a decade and it shows, in a good way. The game features a staggering amount of content split between two factions with player run economies, 30 weapons, 15 vehicles, and perhaps best of all, the ability to call in various nuclear/ion cannon/air strikes.
The FPS/TPS will be available to download starting on February 26th and as the developers put it, Renegade is “not F2P, not P2W, just straight up free”. Hey, that sounds good to me.