EA: Red Alert 3: Ultimate Edition Heads To PS3 This March
It has been an interesting journey for the PlayStation 3 version of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. At first, it was rumored to be flat-out canceled, then it was merely delayed, and now, we finally get the announcement that the Ultimate Edition is scheduled to release on the PS3 this march.
According to Joystiq, the PS3 version boasts additional features that distances itself from the Xbox 360 and PC versions, and you can now pre-order if you're a strategy buff. And if you're wondering how a traditionally PC-oriented franchise will work on a console, EA explains that players will use the "Command Stick 2.0 interface," which is an "intuitive control system designed for players of various skills." EA elaborated on this in the following statement:
"The Command Stick is the name for our control system on the consoles. The first version was in Kane's Wrath, which shipped last year in June on Xbox 360. As you'll notice in some screenshots, like the one [below] here, the interface allows you to pull up your queues with the trigger, while using the right stick to call out commands on the fly, from anywhere on the battlefield. You can manage individual units, create control groups, check on build progress from any structure, etc. from any point on the map at any time. ... Red Alert 3 represents the latest step forward in that progress."
Back in the late '90s, it would've been laughable to presume that the revered C&C franchise would arrive on a console, but these days, things have changed significantly. And although PS3 owners clearly had to wait a bit longer for Red Alert 3, it's always good to know they're getting the best version available. Stay tuned for an exact release date.
Related Game(s): Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
1/21/2009 Ben Dutka