Renegade X, a fan-made multiplayer shooter set in the Command and Conquer universe, will be launching early next year. The game's release date is February 26th, the 12th anniversary of Command and Conquer: Renegade's release.
Like the original C&C: Renegade, Renegade X isn't a real-time strategy game. Instead, players are directly controlling troops in the thick of it. At the outset of a match, they join either the Global Defense Initiative or Brotherhood of Nod. Then they head into battle using 30 weapons and 15 vehicles. In true C&C fashion, they can also call down Ion Cannon shots or nuclear strikes on their enemies.
"Each team will have a base of operations that composes of several key structures," the developers said on the game's forum. "Each structure has its own purpose. For example, the GDI Barracks gives GDI players access to special weapons and characters. If the Barracks is destroyed by Nod forces, GDI will lose the ability to purchase these special weapons."
"We believe that this gamemode - "Command & Conquer Mode" - can potentially revolutionize the FPS genre. It is the gem that went unnoticed for many years. Now is the time to uncover it."
Renegade X has been in development since 2007. Five beta versions were released through Unreal Tournament 3 in 2009 and 2010. Last year they released Black Dawn, the single-player campaign for Renegade X. The multiplayer, like the campaign, will be free to download.
The private beta for Renegade X began in June. The public beta release was expected in December but the development team decided to push it back to February so they can have some additional time to polish the game. The devs say that the closure of Command and Conquer studio Victory Games played a role in the delay as well.
"Without going into much detail, Victory Games was going to provide a supportive role in advertisement, distribution, and server and client-side features. Now that Victory Games has closed, we have a few more tasks on our hands."
The team stresses that version 1.0, the build arriving in February, is still a beta version. It will have all the main components of the game but still isn't complete. The developers will add new maps and features over the course of 2014 while also patching up any bugs.
You can see the game for yourself in the trailer below. It's a lot better-looking than you're probably expecting from a fan project. I'm glad that someone is stepping up to make a good C&C game.