Tencent Brings Red Alert Online to Mobile Devices, Disappointing Everyone

We could have had it all, but Tencent played us. 

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It's been quite a long while since we were treated to a new Command and Conquer: Red Alert game, but it's a shame. Considering the series features some of the best real-time strategy action out there, it's high time we get a new entry in the series. Tencent has heard our cries, and it has delivered in the only way Tencent apparently knows how: A mobile game.

Yes, the Chinese publishing giant is bringing back Red Alert, alright, but it's not exactly what any of us had in mind. Red Alert Online is on its way to both iOS and Android devices so we can take the fight on the go. It'll presumably we littered with microtransactions and free-to-play trappings as well, which should really excite players. Personally, I can't wait to pay for a timer to speed up my tank as it rolls along into enemy territory. Players will thrill to watch ads so they can earn more energy, that's for sure!

All joking aside, we don't know a lot about the mobile version just yet, other than what we can glean from the announcement trailer. There are several tanks and planes, as well as the psychic Yuri, who makes an appearance, but we just don't know much else at present.

Unsurprisingly, players aren't happy, and understandably so. It's been far too long since we got a proper campaign, and to see the franchise reduced to a mobile series is a bit frustrating. But when powerhouses like PUBG and Fortnite are dominating the market, trying to get a leg up on the competition any way possible just makes sense.

We'll see what happens with the game when and if we receive an English release.

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