Slowly, nonetheless definitely, we’ve been drip-fed extra deets on Command & Overcome Remastered – EA’s upcoming HD re-release of Tiberian Solar and Red Alert. Last year we acquired a temporary gaze at C&C Remastered’s scaled up assets. They’re very nice, too, sharpening decades-customary art to bring it up to a original standard with out going overboard on fancy effects. But what about Command & Overcome’s (in)famous FMV cutscenes?
Fear no longer, commanders. EA have brought C&C’s B-movie acting chops into high-definition, showing off a temporary clip earlier this week. But scaling up decades-customary footage didn’t reach with out tactical challenges of its beget.
It’s one thing to clean up building and unit textures. It’s rather another to upscale 320 x 200 resolution recordings of professional actors chewing up scenery appreciate an all-you-can-eat buffet. For producer Jim Vessella, this meant going on a treasure hunt to track down some original HD recordings.
Despite unearthing a Blockbuster’s price of customary tapes in an LA storage unit, Vessella was disheartened to find these had been the same low-res recordings used in-game, and no longer the HD masters he was looking for. Instead, Vessella notes that the team ended up working with cutscene recordsdata taken from the PlayStation ports of the games – photographs found in EAs beget archives, or else tracked down with the assist of neighborhood archivists.
The file format of the PlayStation vids was supposedly easier for the team to work with. Over the last year, the builders have managed to upscale each FMV cutscene in Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert, and each of their respective expansions in crisp high-definition. ‘Course, the acting’s composed hokey and the CG is composed very mid-90s, nonetheless that’s all part of the charm.
Granted, these ports lacked some of the PC original’s photographs. Vessella notes that there’s a noticeable (if minor) fall in remastering quality for cutscenes that by no means made it to console. It does, on the opposite hand, mean that PS1-uncommon cutscenes will make their way into C&C Remastered, along with by no means-prior to-seen B-roll footage the team unearthed. Bonus clips appreciate that will probably be included as unlockables in a original “Bonus Gallery” Vessela announced this week.
Teased all the way back in 2018, Command & Overcome: Remastered composed has no release date in secret agent. With a little bit of luck, it hasn’t but escaped to the one place that hasn’t been corrupted by capitalism.