The developers from Petroglyph and publisher Electronic Arts have released the first major update for RTS Command & Conquer Remastered Collection. The team’s goals included completing several of the community requested features that missed the launch, implementing additional quality-of-life improvements, addressing bugs and iterating the Quickmatch ruleset.
Additionally, devs have tackled the framerate stuttering issue experienced by some people since launch. The team ended up refactoring the way textures are loaded by the game to push the majority of the loading before you actually get to the gameplay. This will have two primary impacts going forward:
- Loading the overall game may take longer than before
- Loading the first map may take longer than before
These longer load times would be most seen after a fresh restart of the computer. While we understand this extra loading time may not be ideal, our testing indicates gameplay performance should be improved across the board, and this felt like a worthwhile tradeoff. We want to continue gathering feedback / data on this issue, so if you have been experiencing the stuttering issue with the launch version, please let us know if this patch improved your gameplay performance.
Due to the patch including updates to the TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll files, it’s likely that previous mods will no longer be compatible with this updated version of the game. Modders will need to update their mods with the latest code and refresh their mods on the Steam Workshop. Certain mods may also need to be repackaged to be compatible with the new texture process.
Once a mod has been updated on the Steam Workshop, players will need to follow a few steps to update and reactivate their mods:
- Disable the mod in the Mods Menu
- Unsubscribe from the mod in the in-game Workshop Mods menu
- Quit and restart the game
- Re-subscribe to the mod via the Workshop Mods menu
- Activate the mod and restart the game as prompted
- The updated mod should then work as intended
You can find the detailed patch notes on the game’s Steam page to see all the changes coming to Command & Conquer Remastered Collection with the update.