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Command & Conquer: The Ultimate Collection is a compilation containing all 17 Command & Conquer titles up to its release with the exception of Sole Survivor, along with a 20-track music disc, a piece of exclusive commemorative art spanning all three Command & Conquer universes and an early access code to the then-upcoming Command & Conquer. Pre-order on Origin was available as of 31 August 2012.

The physical release only features a download code for Origin.

The music and art features were originally only available to US customers, but the music album was eventually released on Deezer, Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music.


2012 release[]

In 2012 The Ultimate Collection released exclusively through Origin. All included games that previously had SecuROM and SafeDisc DRM, had it removed to improve compatibility with modern systems. The pre-Tiberium Wars games within The Ultimate Collection, as it was released in 2012, were likely ported from the outdated and troubled 1.01 patch version of The First Decade compilation. The Ultimate Collection writes certain registry files incorrectly, causing connection issues with users of other versions of the individual games. It included new launchers and Origin-DRM, which caused the inability to run mods and command line parameters. Fixed launchers were created by community members Bibber and later on Medstar to fix these issues. These launchers had to be updated in July 2017 and May 2018 respectively to fix incompatibility issues caused by updates of the Origin client's inner-workings.

2024 release[]

Years later, some team members at Electronic Arts started an initiative of releasing more of their classics back-catalogue on Steam. Together with a small group of C&C community members they began working on bringing the Ultimate Collection to Steam. On March 7, 2024 the Ultimate Collection got surprise-dropped on Steam as a single-purchase bundle containing all games in the Ultimate Collection.[1]

For this Steam release, the original Origin release was discarded and work was started from scratch, based each game's original release. However, the Steam-release of C&C4 was left untouched, but got relisted on Steam to be included in the Steam's Ultimate Collection. The following changes were made compared to the original releases:

  • Any SecuROM, SafeDisc and simple disc-check DRM was removed from all the main executables of the games. This was done to allow for playing these games without their original CD-ROMs, all previously SafeDisc-protected games to be able to boot on modern Windows OS and previously made community-made patches and fixes to work.
    • This was done using assembly patching for all games except Red Alert 1, which was recompiled without DRM.
  • EA's World Builders/Map Editors were added to each release where they were originally available.
  • FinalSun and FinalAlert 2 were included, made open-source and updated to work with the Steam release.
  • DDrawCompat was included with C&C1, Red Alert 1 and Tiberian Sun for improved compatibility with modern Windows OS versions.
  • Red Alert 1 was recompiled to combine all "MAIN.MIX" files from the 4 original CD-ROMs into one big "MAIN1-4.MIX" file.

At launch, all these games contained Steam DRM for their main executables, rendering them incompatible with most community-made patches, fixes and mods. On March 9, 2024, a patch was released to remove Steam DRM from these main executables to rectify this situation. On March 11, 2024 a situation was also rectified where the Steam releases weren't allowed enough Steam Cloud save storage for people with many save-files. This limit was increased to 9.3 GB for each game.

Known issues[]

Post-launch it was found that the 2024 release of RA2 specifically suffered from a few issues that are getting fixed through an official patch that is currently in development; mispositioned trackbar sliders, invisible menu buttons after alt-tabbing, slow loading Skirmish menu and a corrupted cutscene-file for the The Fox and the Hound mission causing crashes while attempting to display that cutscene in RA2.

Soundtrack disc playlist[]

  1. Act On Instinct (Frank Klepacki, Command & Conquer) - 02:52
  2. Just Do It Up (Frank Klepacki, Command & Conquer) - 02:22
  3. Hell March (Frank Klepacki, Red Alert) - 06:23
  4. Big Foot (Frank Klepacki, Red Alert) - 05:16
  5. Valves (Frank Klepacki, Tiberian Sun) - 04:22
  6. Command & Conquer (Frank Klepacki, Renegade) - 02:59
  7. Grinder (Frank Klepacki, Red Alert 2) - 02:27
  8. Destroy (Frank Klepacki, Red Alert 2) - 04:38
  9. Generals Main Theme (Bill Brown, Generals) - 03:13
  10. Search and Destroy (Bill Brown, Generals) - 03:19
  11. Mother of All Weapons (Bill Brown, Generals) - 03:22
  12. The Final Hour (Bill Brown, Zero Hour) - 04:09
  13. Mourning Hour (Steve Jablonsky, Tiberium Wars) - 00:30
  14. Black Dawn (Steve Jablonsky, Tiberium Wars) - 01:53
  15. Kane's Wrath* (Mikael Sandgren, Kane's Wrath) - 03:13
  16. Act On Instinct Remix (Trevor Morris, Kane's Wrath) - 04:03
  17. Soviet March (James Hannigan, Red Alert 3) - 02:47
  18. Yuriko's Theme (James Hannigan, Uprising) - 03:56
  19. To Save Humanity (James Hannigan, Tiberian Twilight) - 02:28
  20. The End of All Things (James Hannigan, Tiberian Twilight) - 03:04

*"Kane's Wrath" is commonly referred to by fans as "Mechanical Mind". The soundtrack from The Ultimate Collection tags it as "Kane's Wrath", and the internal name within the game files refer to it as "KanesWrath", so this is considered the official track name.



Launch trailer


  1. 1.0 1.1 Now on Steam: C&C Ultimate Collection. Reddit (7 March 2024). Retrieved on 17 July 2024.

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