Remake Command & Conquer Renegade!

command and conquer renegadeRaise your hand if you’re cool enough to remember Command & Conquer Renegade.  If you were one of the lucky few to play this game, don’t you wish they’d remake it?!  I was talking with my roommate (who is a modest gamer) and we somehow got on the topic of games we want to see remade.  On the top of my list, and oddly enough my roommate’s, is C&C Renegade.  Imagine taking a game of Command & Conquer, and playing it as a FPS.  Remove most of the RTS elements, focus on destroying bases, and you have C&C Regenade.

I don’t even remember what the single-player was about because Renegade was all about the multiplayer.  There were, of coarse, two teams: GDI and Nod.  Each team started with a base, and the goal was the other have the most points when the time ran out, or destroy the enemy’s base.  There was also an element of resource gathering.  Yep, those awesome Tiberium harvesters would go out and gather Tiberium which would then allow players to buy vehicles and equipment.  Part of what made Renegade so cool was that every building in the base had a function.  There was a refinery to process Tiberium, infantry upgrades, vehicle production, repairs, etc.  I’m suddenly being flooded with memories of the tactics we would use.  I remember everyone on my team sprinting immediately to a particular building, planting some sort of charge, and actually detonating some kind of nuke.  All I can remember is how awesome it was to devise rush tactics strategies to disable your opponent before they knew what was going on.

A tank and an orca head into battle against a NOD base.

A tank and an orca head into battle against a NOD base.

Renegade had everything: Air vehicles ground vehicles, upgradable infantry kits, big outdoor maps, destructible buildings, and objective based gameplay. Oh, and the vehicles were just basic tanks either.  I’m talkin’ stealth tanks, flame thrower tanks, MRLS, and even the infamous Mammoth Tanks!  Maybe what I loved the most about Renegade was that it captured a lot of C&C feel, but in a different and memorable way.

The converging gameplay mechanics, the depth of gameplay rivaling Starsiege Tribes, and the intense action prove Renegade was before its time.  It began bridging RTS and FPS genres well before anyone else even made an attempt.  It deserves to be made in a time when these things can be fully realized.

While writing this quick post up and searching for some decent screenshots of Renegade, I did some research and came across a mod called Renegade X.  Apparently it’s been running for 11 years and still going strong, because yesterday they announced beta applications for the upcoming multiplayer would start soon.  I think this is entirely indie, but check it out and let me know what you find.  Looking at the screenshots, it looks like they’re bringing back some of my favorite maps.  Maybe a remake isn’t so far off?

RenegadeX Islands


Update: Oh shut the front door… there’s a video with commentary! No, I’m not crying; Something’s in my eye, okay?   Video embedded after the jump.

Yep.  Take my money.  Take it now.

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J3w3l - February 25, 2013

Oh my god. I love you.. And this, I definitely love this

sikk - February 26, 2013

Isn’t this basically like what Planetside 2 is just smaller? What would be cool though would be taking the RTS concept with a infantry/vehicle based game and implement it like how Natural Selection and Savage did where one player plays it as a RTS top down and everyone else is playing FPS/3rd person. The two games that did it were far from normal games.

Savage was like native americans vs aliens and natural selection is space marines vs aliens. Would be nice to see a more traditional setting like modern war setting with that same concept.

On a total side note, Keen what was the name of that MMO you talked about awhile back where you could build your own castles and player houses, and it looked really nice graphic wise. Pretty sure it was a korean based MMO. I think there were pirate ships too. I think it was a single word name. Anyways I’ve been itchin for somethin new and thought about that randomly and wanted to look into it more.

DecafJoe - February 26, 2013

I absolutely loved Renegade back in the day. It was always a little buggy for anyone with an ATI graphics card but it was the game of choice at many a lan party. Thanks for the memories. . .and thanks for the info on Renegade X. Definitely going to have to check it out.

Keen - February 26, 2013

@Sikk: ArcheAge is the sandbox MMO. They’re being published by Trion (company that made RIFT) for North America.

Zyler - February 26, 2013

While anything in the good old C&C universe is good news. (before they ,…. it bad)
I would rather see a good rts made again. The last one I enjoyed a lot was red alert 2.

offtopic: In other news… I read the console version of the upcoming Diablo3 game will have offline gameplay. What is this? are we pc players 2nd class people or what?

“sniff” You can not even find your own gear to progress on the pc, because everything you need drops at a lvls higher then you are and they cut back the droprates a lot —> use the real money auction house.

Seriously I am not getting near any game that has a real money auction house. I learned my lesson.

Sorry for the rant.

Mark - February 26, 2013

hmm I must have this game somewhere because I definitely remember playing it, thanks for the post! I loved red alert 2 so very much and I definitely remember playing a lot of this although I think I played single player.

Evalissa - February 26, 2013

I still play C&C renegade :p

sikk - February 26, 2013

@Keen: yea that’s the one, man that game needs to come out in the states faster!

Jenks - February 27, 2013

I’d like to see a remake of C&C Sole Survivor, it was a precursor to today’s MOBAs.

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