Update: EA has confirmed that Victory Games has been shut down.
Command & Conquer, the free-to-play game formerly known as Generals 2, has closed its alpha test and ceased production on the game in its current state. The announcement comes on the heels of rumors that Victory Games, formerly known as BioWare Victory, has been shut down by publisher EA.
An official statement from the Command & Conquer website explains:
Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out. In this case, we shifted the game away from campaign mode and built an economy-based, multiplayer experience. Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play. That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game. Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it’s about getting you the game you expect and deserve.
Rumors of the Austin, TX studio's closure stem from an individual alleging to be a Victory Games employee. The individual's email confirms that production on Command & Conquer has ceased entirely and that the entire staff has been laid off. Shacknews has reached out to EA for confirmation.
EA has confirmed the closure to Polygon, stating, "The team at Victory Games will be disbanded. Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities within EA."