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Are the first three C&C still considered freeware?


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Hey, so I want to recommend the classic C&Cs to some people I know, and they may be more likely to try it if it's free. However, while the first free C&C games were released as freeware, the primary sources of downloads are down, the only way is through 3rd party mirrors and the C&C Ultimate Collection includes them for a price. So are the first three games still considered freeware?

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Yes. Have some sources:

 

A detailed answer to exactly this question on the EA Answers board:

https://answers.ea.com/t5/C-C-The-Ultimate-Collection/Is-red-alert-1-and-tiberian-sun-now-freeware/td-p/5420723

 

Screenshot of the official website in 2007, stating that the fact EA no longer hosts the files does not mean you're not allowed to download them anymore:

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Screenshot of the actual explicit confirmation that C&C1 is freeware, given by EA Apoc on the official C&C boards back in 2007:

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The official download page EA had for all three games, back in 2010:

https://web.archive.org/web/20100214144634/http://www.commandandconquer.com/classic

As you can see, it specifically says "freeware downloads".

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(The archived version actually has working downloads, but the cncnet installers are far superior, for reasons mentioned in the above EA Answers thread)

 

I hope that answers your question :)

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