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Mudcrutch
10-10-05, 01:55 AM
(See bottom of this post for a quick explanation)

From EA games:

EA Partners with XWIS Community Service

Greetings from your C&C Community Manager!

To continue the ten year anniversary celebration of the widely popular Command and Conquer franchise, I am pleased to reveal EA’s partnership with XWIS (XCC WOL IRC SERVER)!

Through this partnership, all Command and Conquer games formerly supported by EA/Westwood Online will be redirected through XWIS, thus instituting XWIS as the main online game server management team. XWIS is a community driven online game server that launched in October 2003 to replace the XCC Community Ladder. The new and improved features enabled include chat, in-game ranks, matching filters, lobby monitoring, improved Quick-Match, and fully functional automatic ladders for clans and individual tournament players. The beauty of this partnership is that you won’t have to download any external programs to utilize XWIS. All the enabled features and connections to the servers are already integrated into the supported games!

I’m also excited to share with you that the Strike Team will be monitoring the banning and anti-cheat controls on a daily basis and will provide technical support as needed. The Strike Team is a website built of hardcore Command and Conquer fans and is sponsored by the EA German Community Team. Their goal is to ensure a controlled and fun online environment for all players.

XWIS will commence a two week trial period with Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 and Command & Conquer Red Alert 2: Yuri’s Revenge. Once this trial is completed on Oct. 20th, XWIS will be supporting the following EA/Westwood online games:

* Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
* Command & Conquer Red Alert 2: Yuri’s Revenge
* Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn
* Command & Conquer The Covert Operations
* Command & Conquer Red Alert
* Command & Conquer Red Alert: Counterstrike
* Command & Conquer Red Alert: Aftermath
* Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun
* Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun: Firestorm
* Command & Conquer Renegade
* Dune 2000
* Nox
* Emperor: Battle for Dune

EA is 100% dedicated to the Command and Conquer franchise and wants to ensure a strong and secure online gameplay environment. Long live Command and Conquer! We hope to see resurgence in the legions of NOD and GDI followers claiming ground online.

Good luck soldier. Hit the hot keys and get online with Command and Conquer!

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What this means
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Simple: the broken online components of the red alert games which ONCE were working great are now being taken over by a 3rd party (fan driven) server/ladder system.

this is AMAZING news for those of us that still play these games.

Mr. Hunt
10-10-05, 01:58 AM
EA Partners with XWIS Community Service


Won't be touching it. If EA is involved in anyway... I cannot endorse it... no matter what... I even gave up the Time Splitter series because of this.

Mudcrutch
10-10-05, 01:59 AM
EA already touched and ruined it. they are handing it over to XWIS.

this system is ALREADY in place. (just not "live" yet). i have played on it and it rocks.

Mr. Hunt
10-10-05, 02:03 AM
Well I am glad... but I just can't stand EA... I go a bit insane when I just see those 2 letters... the other day... somebody had written PEAS... I went nuts and killed everybody in the room, purely because it had EA in it...

EDIT:
EA already touched and ruined it. they are handing it over to XWIS.

this system is ALREADY in place. (just not "live" yet). i have played on it and it rocks.

You better watch it! ;)

Edge
10-10-05, 02:04 AM
Sounds cool, I was kinda hoping in the back of my mind that this would mean they'd bring Earth and Beyond back online, though. Hmm, wonder if the Global Domination mode will still work...maybe they'll even enhance it.

|MaguS|
10-10-05, 02:05 AM
Won't be touching it. If EA is involved in anyway... I cannot endorse it... no matter what... I even gave up the Time Splitter series because of this.

Wow, Im sorry for you loss. Timesplitters: Future Perfect was awsome... don't know how EA could ruin it since it was development by an outside developer that has no connection to EA other then them publishing the game in the US (Free Radical is based in the UK).

Mudcrutch
10-10-05, 02:06 AM
Well I am glad... but I just can't stand EA... I go a bit insane when I just see those 2 letters... the other day... somebody had written PEAS... I went nuts and killed everybody in the room, purely because it had EA in it...

EDIT:


You better watch it! ;)

LOL nice catch.

Mr. Hunt
10-10-05, 02:09 AM
Wow, Im sorry for you loss. Timesplitters: Future Perfect was awsome... don't know how EA could ruin it since it was development by an outside developer that has no connection to EA other then them publishing the game in the US (Free Radical is based in the UK).

I know... I hate having to do it because I really enjoy the Time Splitter series and Free Radical... they make great games... but EA is publishing and so they get money, and I don't want to support EA in any way. If I could buy directly from Free Radical, I would... even if it cost more, without EA getting any money.