Command & Conquer 4: High-res screenshots of the Beta plus tech infos
The Beta of Command & Conquer 4 is running for some time already. PC Games Hardware has some high-res screenshots and some technical details.
The technical base for Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight is EA's SAGE (Strategy Action Game Engine). But since the structure has been used for the last game of the franchise it has been overhauled and is called RNA Engine since Red Alert 3. It still delivers Shader gimmicks like Light Rays and a lot of particles. The texture quality is acceptable for a real-time strategy game, but in general the game has few polygons.
A positive surprise are the new shadows: The edges of the Shadows Maps are filtered or smoothed and don't flicker as much anymore if the camera is moving. Currently Command & Conquer 4 doesn't really utilize multi-core processors and only a single core is used. In our gallery you can find several impressions from Command & Conquer 4 that we have taken at 2560 x 1600 pixels with maximal details.
The engine is still locked at 30 frames per second, but the Beta is not running 100 percent stable yet - in every match we had lags for example. But of course this is the Beta phase and the developers still have time to optimize the technology. The release date is scheduled for March 18, 2010.
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