Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun is a real-time strategy
Real-time strategy
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 video game developed by Westwood Studios
Westwood Studios
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 and released in . The main storyline follows the second major war between the Global Defense Initiative of the United Nations
United Nations
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, and the global terrorist
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 organization known as the Brotherhood of Nod who tactically utilizes the highly dangerous extraterrestrial Tiberium
Tiberium or Ichor is a fictional substance that is central to the plot of much of the Command & Conquer series of real-time strategy video games...

 substance, disinformation
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 through international mass media
Mass media
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, black propaganda
Black propaganda
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 to influence mutant
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 populations of The Forgotten, as well as the application of religious fanaticism
Religious fanaticism
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 and an overwhelming share of power and wealth in order to complete the Nod's tireless quest for world domination
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. The story takes place in 2030, 30 years after the GDI had won the first major war in Command & Conquer (Tiberian Dawn).

As of February 12, 2010, Electronic Arts (EA) licensed Tiberian Sun and its expansion pack Firestorm as freeware
Freeware is computer software that is available for use at no cost or for an optional fee, but usually with one or more restricted usage rights. Freeware is in contrast to commercial software, which is typically sold for profit, but might be distributed for a business or commercial purpose in the...

, thus making it possible to be distributed free of charge. The game was initially available for download from EA's website in order to promote their latest game in the Command & Conquer series
Command & Conquer
Command & Conquer, abbreviated to C&C and also known as Tiberian Dawn, is a 1995 real-time strategy computer game developed by Westwood Studios for MS-DOS and published by Virgin Interactive. It was the first of twelve games to date to be released under the Command & Conquer label, including a...

. This version of the game was extracted from the The First Decade
Command & Conquer: The First Decade
Command & Conquer: The First Decade is a compilation of the Command & Conquer series' games published from 1995 to 2003, all bundled into one DVD and updated to run optimally on Windows XP. It was released on February 7, 2006 and sold for the price of one retail game...

 compilation by Electronic Arts and has been found broken, as it fails to play the Nod introduction movie, among other newly introduced bugs
Software bug
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 with the EA's release of The First Decade (TFD).


Tiberian Sun features three factions, each with its unique strengths and tactics; the Global Defense Initiative (GDI), the Brotherhood of Nod (Nod), and The Forgotten (non-playable, neutral faction of mutated human
Humans are the only living species in the Homo genus...

s who have been physically and mentally affected by the Tiberium toxin
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s). The storyline follows the continuing struggle between the GDI and Nod, the latter of which is ready to launch a new set of surprise sneak attacks in a desperate attempt to wipe the Global Defense Initiative off the face of the Earth
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The plot is a follow up to the original game Command & Conquer, after the end of which the Nod leader Kane
Kane (Command & Conquer)
Kane is a fictional character in the alternate history universe of Westwood Studios' and Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer real-time strategy video games in which he is a seemingly immortal mastermind behind the ancient and secretive Brotherhood of Nod society...

 is presumed dead. In Tiberian Sun, Kane resurfaces from his hideout with improved military forces and new Tiberium-enhanced technologies, determined to rule the world at all cost. The GDI commander Michael McNeil is tasked with objectives to prevent the world from falling into the hands of Nod
Land of Nod
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, this time with the very means of the extraterrestrial Tiberium substance.


Tiberian Sun relies heavily on science fiction technologies, and introduces a new isometric
Isometric projection
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 game engine featuring varying level terrain to give the impression of a true 3D
3D computer graphics
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 environment. Dynamic lighting allows for day/night cycles and special effects, such as ion storms. Maps feature cityscapes where units could hide or battle in urban combat. Some buildings and armored units are rendered with voxel
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s, although infantry is still rendered as sprites.

During the campaign, different routes can be chosen, some of which can lead to optional missions that may affect the difficulty of the main mission, or supply the commander with additional units and technologies. Tiberian Sun is the last game of the series to offer the split-route feature.


Tiberian Sun features full motion video using traditional cinematic shots, featuring well-known Hollywood actors.

Michael Biehn
Michael Biehn
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 (known from The Terminator
The Terminator
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 and Aliens
Aliens (film)
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 movies) is portrayed as the GDI commander Michael McNeil, who is instructed by General James Solomon, played by James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
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 (known from the original Star Wars
Star Wars
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 trilogy). On the side of Nod, Frank Zagarino
Frank Zagarino
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 portrays the commander Anton Slavik, who only lives to follow and enforce every thought of the sociopath
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 Kane, played by the franchise's cutscene
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Film director
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 Joseph D. Kucan
Joseph D. Kucan
Joseph David Kucan is a Video game developer, director, actor, screenwriter, and casting director for various gaming companies and movies. He is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is well known for his role as Kane from the Command & Conquer series.-Early life:Kucan was born in Las Vegas, Nevada....

. The Forgotten are represented by Christine Steel
Christine Steel
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 portraying Umagon who teams up with Michael McNeil throughout their joint fight against Nod, Christopher Winfield portraying Tratos the visionary
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 Mutant leader, and Nils Allen Stewart (known from The Mask
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) portraying Mutant Commando, who is responsible for sending entire Nod bases to hell
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 with a push of a button.


Tiberian Sun features a futuristic and ambient soundtrack by Jarrid Mendelson and Frank Klepacki
Frank Klepacki
Frank Klepacki is an American musician, video game music composer and sound director best known for his work on the Command & Conquer series. Having learned to play drums as a child, he joined Westwood Studios as a composer when he was only 17 years old...

, who composed the signature themes for the movie sequences, as well as the game's musical score with the intention to differ from the original Command & Conquer in order to capture the mood for each mission.


Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts
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, who had acquired Westwood Studios in 1998 and published Tiberian Sun, and had no direct part in its development, pushed for Tiberian Sun's release ahead of schedule, resulting in a number of engine
Game engine
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 and gameplay
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 features being omitted from the game, some of which were later included in Firestorm expansion pack.
Subsequent games in the franchise were also heavily subjected to increased control by Electronic Arts, as well as departure of numerous Westwood personnel, eventually resulting in Westwood being closed down and assimilated
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Omitted features

Several images and references in the Tiberian Sun "rules" file indicate that more features were planned for the release. A former Westwood employee working for Petroglyph elaborated upon them in March and May 2007.
A "loadout" screen was to be implemented, allowing commanders to pick units to take into battle before missions. The "loadout" screen was finished in a prototype sequel to Tiberian Sun, codenamed Command & Conquer: Incursion, but Westwood was dissolved and Electronic Arts did not revive the concept. Drop-pods were intended to be customizable for GDI before deployment. Lighting was intended to make a huge difference for day/night play, as units spotted by light posts/towers would be susceptible to enemy fire at greater ranges, and in turn would suffer a reduction in their own range ability. Westwood planned the Hunter/Seeker Droid option to support selection of target types, but ultimately the droid was made to attack at random. Developers also didn't have enough time to finalize balanced differences in terrain types, or to make The Forgotten a full faction for the expansion, as it was initially intended.


Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun – Firestorm is an expansion pack developed by Westwood and published by Electronic Arts on March 7, 2000, for the award winning apocalyptic science fiction
Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction
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 real-time strategy video game Tiberian Sun, featuring single player and multiplayer modes. Firestorm takes the storyline to new heights of complexity, introduces new missions and new gameplay features, and adds to the game a fourth (non-playable) faction known as CABAL.


Firestorm follows the events as they unfolded in the GDI campaign of Tiberian Sun. With Nod fractured into feuding warlords following Kane's death, Anton Slavik (known also as The Serbian Wolf) is determined to keep Kane's ideology
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 alive through the resurrection of Nod's highly advanced artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence
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, CABAL (Computer Assisted Biologically Augmented Lifeform), while the Global Defense Initiative continues its ongoing campaign to stop the spread of Tiberium and its monstrous mutation
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s by retrieving the extraterrestrial Tacitus device.

GDI and Nod must now join forces in order to overcome Nod's previous vital assistant in tactical decisions and their current nemesis, CABAL, who intends to conquer the world through the systematic assimilation of human populations into its cyborg
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 armies with the means of Tiberium on a massive scale.


Tiberian Sun had an outstanding anticipation since the beginning of its development. It was the fastest selling game on the EA
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 games label, selling 1.5 million copies within a month. In the German gaming magazine PC Player issue 01/2000, Tiberian Sun received a special award as "Most Hyped Game in 1999" (the year the game was released). Between 1999 and 2000, Tiberian Sun won a single Gold and three Platinum Awards from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more than 100,000 units (Gold) and more than three times 200,000 units (Platinum) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As the Gold Award is not counted into the Platinum Award, all four awards total in between 700,000 and 1,700,000 units sold. Tiberian Sun was voted #29 in PC Gamer Magazine's Readers All-Time Top 50 Games Poll in April 2000 issue. rated the game 5/5, and stated:
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 noted that the new soundtrack is "catchy", and stated that the game is an excellent sequel to the original Command & Conquer.

Despite some of the game's technical issues resulting from its rushed release after Westwood Studios was acquired by the Electronic Arts, many reviewers considered the interactive environment, new graphics, new array of units, new concepts, single-player (story wise) and the popular multi-player to be the significant high-points of Tiberian Sun, and credited it with high rankings.

To this day, Tiberian Sun has been highly praised by numerous fans from all over the world.

See also

  • Command & Conquer (video game)
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a real-time strategy computer game of the Command & Conquer franchise, produced by Westwood Studios and released by Virgin Interactive in...

  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is a 2.5D real-time strategy computer game by Westwood Studios, which was released for Microsoft Windows on October 23, 2000 as the follow-up to Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Set in the early 1970s, Red Alert 2 supposedly picks up at the conclusion of the Allied...

  • Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge
    Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge
    In Command and Conquer: Yuri's Revenge, the true story starts off assuming the Allies won in Red Alert 2. The plot is based around Yuri, the former head of the Soviet Psychic Corps, coming out of hiding to take over the world by using his Psychic Dominators...

  • Command & Conquer: Renegade
    Command & Conquer: Renegade
    Command & Conquer: Renegade is a first and third person shooter video game developed by Westwood Studios and is part of the Command & Conquer series. It is the only C&C game that uses the first person view...

  • Command & Conquer game series
    Command & Conquer
    Command & Conquer, abbreviated to C&C and also known as Tiberian Dawn, is a 1995 real-time strategy computer game developed by Westwood Studios for MS-DOS and published by Virgin Interactive. It was the first of twelve games to date to be released under the Command & Conquer label, including a...

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