August 2000

 Red Alert 2 Collector’s Edition Announced
Posted Monday, August 28, 2000

Yes, this one time, the rumors are actually true. There will be a Red Alert 2 Collector’s Edition!

The Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Collector’s Edition includes all kinds of cool stuff including an EXCLUSIVE DVD, An exclusive RA2 figurine, and the original music soundtrack CD. For all the juicy details visit one of these three places...
http://www.ebworld.com HREF="http://www.gamestop.com">Babbage’s,
The EA Store

or the Electronic Arts order line (1-877-EA-GAMES). Remember, this special edition of Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 is only available for preorders through one of the three sites above, so reserve yours today!



 Looking good for an October 24th release!
Posted Thursday, August 24, 2000

Well, last week we said we’d have two big announcements, and now, alas, it seems we will only have the one, the bit about the NYC event (see below). Next week, we should have that second announcement for you.

However, we do have an entire slate of updates, significant milestones, signs that the game is nearing completion. Here then, is the good news:

-- The manual is done and sent away to be translated into more than 30 languages. This is a fairly big deal. The producers and dev team have to write and polish the thing. Then QA makes sure it actually explains how to play the game. Then Marketing gets a say, changing a few things here and there. Then a copy editor picks over every comma, putting them all in just the right place, for instance, after every supporting clause, like here, and here, but not here.

-- The box is done. This is always a struggle and everyone breathes a sigh of sweet relief when the final sign-off happens. It’s not just the cover image that’s tough. (But, there have been easily more than 30 different versions of the box front.) It’s the inside flap copy and art, the spine copy and art, the back copy and art, and the top and bottom flaps. Every surface is picked apart, analyzed, and argued over. Questions must be answered, lots of them. What bullet points make the final cut? What magazine quotes can we use? What screen shots sell the game? Will the box appeal to hardcore gamers? To casual gamers? To strategy fans? To non-strategy fans? Does it stand out from a distance? Does it make you want to pick it up? Does it smell good? Should we put something in it that makes it smell good? How about little soaps? No, no, bad idea, but seriously, maybe potpourri bags? Finally, once exhaustion sets in and everyone realizes that it’s late and Survivor is on, a version is sent to the printer and we all go home.

-- The final press kit is almost done and will go out next week. That means all your favorite gamer web sites and fan sites will soon have fresh art and info about the game. This is a sign of impeding game finishing because it means the PR Department is saying: “This is pretty much all we have. Don’t ask us for any more stuff. We’re done. Really. Leave us alone. We're trying to play the game, and your calling me allows the PR coordinator to cheat while I'm not looking.”

That’s about all we have tonight. See you Friday.





 Let's talk about the weather
Posted Friday, August 18, 2000

Somewhere in Alaska, if you believe the conspiracy theories, there are a couple guys hunched in front of a computer, clicking and dragging their mice to create thunderstorms, blizzards, and vicious outpourings of hail.

They're not using Red Alert 2's Allied Weather Control Device. Rather, these two dudes are working for the real-life weather control program High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). Based in Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, HAARP is a semi-secret military complex designed to give the Pentagon strategic control over the ionosphere, the electrically charged portion of the atmosphere that lies 40 to 500 miles above the Earth's surface.

Here's how it works: A thicket of high-powered antennas fires a focused electromagnetic beam into the upper atmosphere, where "virtual" mirrors and lenses allow technicians to control vast amount of electromagnetic energy. (As you might have guessed, these guys don't have a microwave oven in their breakroom; they just slap their cold chicken on the satellite dish, and -- voila! -- Kentucky Fried!)

While mainly used as a defensive measure to sniff out enemy missile silos as well as a probe for natural resources such as oil and minerals, HAARP is also used, some say, as a means of altering weather patterns to give the U.S. an extra defense boost. Some of the more extreme critics say the program -- whether intentionally or not -- has already been responsible for electrical storms, hurricanes and floods. Thus, HAARP is a shady, controversial aspect of the program that the Pentagon would rather keep wraps on.



 RA2 to take bite of Big Apple
Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2000

We do appreciate all the great ideas about where to have the next beta test events. Keep posting your ideas and potential locations on the Red Alert 2 forums. They are incredibly helpful.

The next Red Alert 2 beta event will be on Sept. 9 in New York City at as yet undisclosed location. Meanwhile, you can read a really great story about the Pomona beta test here Red2.org

Also, keep your eye on Gamespot for a Red Alert 2 update this week.



 Red Alert 2 rocks Southern California
Posted Monday, August 14, 2000

The Westwood Studios' closed beta, at the IceLan game center, was a huge success. Eighteen testers were randomly selected from a list of over 1000 gamers. Those select few had the chance to sit down, play the game, and offer their feedback - as well as weed out some bugs. To show their support, eight members from the RA2 team were also on hand to give advice and answer questions.

At the end of the day all of the testers were asked to fill out feedback forms and thanked by the Westwood guys for their time. These same guys were also given a limited edition RA2 T-shirt, made exclusively for them.



 Time-travel might be possible, definitely complex
Posted Friday, August 11, 2000

In Red Alert 2, the Allies have refined time-travel technology to the point where they can teleport troops from the barracks to behind enemy lines. But is time-travel possible in real life?

According to theoretical physicists, time-travel -- or travel between universes –would require the use of wormholes, which are unimaginably tiny little pin-pricks in the "quantum foam," or fabric of the universe. If you could somehow squeeze into one of these -- shoom! -- you'd be on your way to alternate universes with names like Q'alozz-nabba, or maybe you'd simply time-travel back to the year 1390, when people were stuck with The Canterbury Tales as their sole source of entertainment. Of course, the problem is that fitting a human into a wormhole is about as easy as staying on Survivor island. So, physicists are puzzling over how to make wormholes bigger.

Alright. Brace yourself. This gets intense.

At least one physicist has proposed a way. Kip Thorne, professor at the California Institute of Technology, believes that we could somehow use the universe's naturally occurring "exotic matter" -- i.e., electro-magnetic vacuum fluctuations with negative energy densities -- to thread through wormholes and pull them open, making enough room for a human to fit through.

This way, Thorne says, "It might be possible to reach into this microscopic universe and capture a wormhole. By pouring exotic matter into it, we might be able to blow it up to a macroscopic size. We would then be poised to embark on the greatest journey imaginable."

Got all that? Now go build your own Chronosphere.



 Steaming hot RA2 press
Posted Thursday, August 10, 2000

Here’s a quick update on the latest places to get RA2 info. Today, you can check out GamesMania and Computer Games Online. You can also pick up a copy of the September Computer Games Magazine (should be hitting the stands in a day or two), which is the sister publication to www.cdmag.com. Friday evening, and all weekend long, you can check out GameCenter for a major preview with new screenshots and info.

In fact, check out this quote from the the Gamecenter story...

"The sequel to Red Alert is all about raw carnage -- weapons of
mass destruction litter every corner, and the battles promise to be intense, huge, and brutal beyond belief."
--CNET Gamecenter

Cool, eh?

In the coming weeks, look for some great RA2 stories from GameSpot and Daily Radar. You might also want to put a few dollars aside for the October issue of PCGamer because those guys are printing a huge RA2 article.

More hits are on the burner, but those are the confirmed ones.

Meanwhile, keep checking this page for updates. We have some big news on the horizon.



 RA2 hits the road
Posted Wednesday, August 9, 2000

Want a Red Alert 2 event in your town? Tell us where we can have one!

We want to do two or three fan events at cyber cafés around North America, but we’re having a hard time finding places with the right set up. It seems a lot of Internet cafés went under once it became easy to get low cost Internet service.

So, if there is a place in your town with 10-20 decent computers (PIII’s only), let us know. Post the info on the RA2 message boards. If your suggested site has the right stuff, we might do an event there. And we if we use your site, you’ll be at the top of the sign up list, which means you’ll be the first on your block to play RA2.

Meanwhile, we’ll be at IceLAN in Pomona, CA on Saturday, August 12. Visit www.icelan.com for more details.



 Westwood Studios Invades Pomona,CA
Posted Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Americans! Russians! Westwood Studios would like to invite would be GI's and Conscripts to join their countries war efforts for world dominance. Westwood will be hosting a closed beta session in Pomona, California at the IceLan Game center on Saturday, August 12th, from 2 to 6 p.m. The event will give 18 gamers, selected at random, a chance to play Command & Conquer Red Alert 2™ multiplay and offer feedback to the game developers.

All Southern California area residents or gamers, who plan on being in the Southern California area on August 12th, are eligible to participate. Sign-ups are taking place online at http://www.icelan.com/ or players can just stop by IceLan. Sign-ups will end 10:00 AM on August 10th; participants will be selected at random and notified via e-mail or telephone.

Red Alert 2 will be available worldwide at a full range of retail stores and online e-commerce sites this October.

Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 brings players back to the alternate universe of Red Alert with an onslaught of new units, tactics and strategies. As in the original, gamers can choose to lead Soviet or Allied forces. Soviet commanders will invade North America and try to claim it for mother Russia. Allied commanders will fight to push back the invaders and save liberty.

To visit IceLan head to the address below.
3580 Temple Ave.
Suite I
Pomona, California 91768
Tel: (909) 594-3800
http://www.icelan.com/



 Don't believe the rumors: Red Alert 2 set for mid-October release
Posted Friday, August 4, 2000

You’d think the Soviets evil propaganda machine was hard at work on the goal of frustrating Red Alert fans and confounding our best efforts to keep good info out there. One news site erroneously prints that we’re done with the game and a minor hurricane of message board activity occurs. Now another “insider source” revealed the quite inaccurate info that we’re releasing RA2 on October 31, which angered all the confused people who thought that maybe they were getting the game next month.

Here is the truth…

We plan on finishing the game in mid-September, when a gold master disc will be printed and sent to the duplication plant. It will take about a month to burn all the CDs, put them in boxes, put them on trucks and airplanes and get them in stores. It’s a worldwide release, which makes things even more complicated.

You can expect to see Red Alert 2 on sale around the world in mid-October. We’re not going to put an exact date on it quite yet as there are a few too many variables. We are confident it will be out well before October 31, and not too far after October 1.

And keep in mind that even though the dev team is slaving away day and night, some evil bug might pop up and complicate matters. It hasn’t happened yet with Red Alert 2, but you never know.

Keep watching this site for official news. If you have any questions about Red Alert 2, visit the forums area. We’re always there answering fan questions and seeing what’s on your mind.

In the meantime, while you are waiting for Red Alert 2, download Nox Quest, the free cooperative multiplayer enhancement for Nox. It’s a blast, and if you already own Nox, it’s free.




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