Ending nearly a decade long hiatus, Electronic Arts announced this week the return of its critically and commercially acclaimed real time strategy series, Command and Conquer: Red Alert.

The third installment in the series is currently in development for release on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

“It’s been too long.” said Chris Corry, Executive Producer at EALA. “Fans have been waiting for a new Red Alert game for seven years, and we’re working hard to ensure its well worth the wait.”

“The team is staying true to the series’ roots while adding new elements like a co-operatively played story-driven campaign, an astounding new faction that will shake-up the Red Alert universe as we know it, and units that will help make Red Alert 3 everything our fans have been waiting for. And by bringing naval combat into the heart of the game design, we’re transporting that fast, fun and fluid C&C gameplay to the high-seas in ways that you’ve never seen before.”

Red Alert 3’s story takes a “What if?” approach and finds the leadership of a faltering Soviet Union going back in time to change history and restore glory to their homeland. Of course, the mission goes awry and an completely alternate timeline is created. Technology has taken a completely different evolutionary journey and new World Powers have emerged, and are combating each other in WWIII. The game will attempt to appeal to both hardcore and casual gamers alike — focusing on a new co-operative campaign experience.

“The Red Alert games are known for challenging hardcore strategy gamers with depth, variety, and innovative gameplay. But they also belong to that rare breed of games that can draw in more casual players with their over-the-top stories, instantly accessible mechanics, and straight-to-the-fun design,” said Mike Verdu, General Manager of EALA. “With Red Alert 3, our team is continuing that proud tradition by introducing genre-first features like co-operative campaign play, which rewards veterans and casual players alike. In Red Alert 3, friends and family can always have your back!”

Itching to get your hands on the new title? Gamers who pick up Command and Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath or The Command and Conquer Collection later this year will be given access to an exclusive beta of Red Alert: 3.

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