EA officially announces C&C Red Alert 3

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EA has just announced that after a seven-year hiatus, they’re bringing back Red Alert, along with its light-hearted style and action-oriented gameplay. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is in development at EA’s Los Angeles studio and will be headed for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in the undetermined future.

The long-awaited RTS game takes place during an alternate timeline where World War III is raging between the Soviets, the Allies, and the Empire of the Rising Sun. Each side is using weapons and technology the developers came up with by asking the “what if” question. What if every bizarre research project and technology experiment for the last 70 years had actually borne fruit? What if time travel theory, teleportation, invisibility, Tesla technology, and a hundred other intriguing research projects had all paid off and gone mainstream? The answers include Tesla coils, heavily armed War Blimps, teleportation, armored bears, intelligent dolphins, floating island fortresses, transforming tanks and, if the artwork above is any indication, strongholds designed by mad scientists.

Your first chance to play game will be during a beta later this year. EA says you can participate in it by picking up a copy of C&C3: Kane’s Wrath and keeping your eyes and ears open for the beta details that they’ll announce during the summer.

Two screenshots were also released. After watching the announcement trailer and reading what EALA’s executive producer and general manager have to say about Red Alert 3, head to the newly opened C&C Red Alert 3 gallery to check them out.

Mike Verdu, general manager of EALA: “The Red Alert games are known for challenging hardcore strategy gamers with depth, variety, and innovative gameplay. But they also belong to that rare breed of games that can draw in more casual players with their over-the-top stories, instantly accessible mechanics, and straight-to-the-fun design. With Red Alert 3, our team is continuing that proud tradition by introducing genre-first features like co-operative campaign play, which rewards veterans and casual players alike. In Red Alert 3, friends and family can always have your back.”

Chris Corry, executive producer at EALA: “It’s been too long. Fans have been waiting for a new Red Alert game for seven years, and we’re working hard to ensure its well worth the wait. The team is staying true to the series’ roots while adding new elements like a co-operatively played story-driven campaign, an astounding new faction that will shake-up the Red Alert universe as we know it, and units that will help make Red Alert 3 everything our fans have been waiting for. And by bringing naval combat into the heart of the game design, we’re transporting that fast, fun and fluid C&C gameplay to the high-seas in ways that you’ve never seen before.”

[See also: Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 gallery]

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