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This information is collected from press releases and previews for Zero Hour (and in some cases EALA employees) and is subject to change. Not all information is known at this time.

PLEASE NOTE: This FAQ was written pre-release and I am currently updating it to correct questions and add pertinent questions now Zero Hour is in the shops. Therefore, not all information may be completely accurate at this time.

BEFORE-YOU-BUY QUESTIONS

General

- What is Zero Hour all about?
- Was there a beta test or Multi-player test?
- Do I need Generals in order to play it?
- Does that mean the requirements are the same?
- Who's the Developer now?
- When is the release date?
- How much does it cost?
- Where's the Official Site?
- Will Generals maps work in Zero Hour, and vice versa?
- What about replays?
- Where can I see some screenshots?

Single Player

- What new missions are there?
- Is there a proper storyline this time?
- Are there acted cutscenes?
- Are there any new Battle Honours?
- What are the new maps to skirmish on?
- Is there a new game mode to play in, other than Skirmish?
- Has the AI been improved?

Multiplayer

- Are there any new game modes?
- Is there be a ladder?
- Is it possible to play it through GameSpy Arcade?
- Do we have co-operative missions?
- Are there new features for team games, like money-sharing?
- Are any official competitions or events being planned, like EA vs The World?
- How many new maps are there?

New Features

- What new units, structures, upgrades and abilities are included?
- What impact does the weather have?
- Is there a navy or are the units only available in Single Player?
- Have there been any changes to salvaging?
- Who are the Generals, and what are their attributes?
- What taunts are there?
- Have they allowed you to use the more common right click now?
- Are there new hotkeys?


'WHEN YOU HAVE IT' QUESTIONS

General

- I'm having tech related problems...where can I get help?
- How do you disable the annoying movies that load before the game?
- Where can I get some tactics and strategies?
- Are there other, more specific FAQs available?




BEFORE-YOU-BUY QUESTIONS

GENERAL

What is Zero Hour all about?
"Zero Hour" is an expansion pack for C&C Generals, adding new units, structures, missions and features.

Was there a beta test or Multi-player test?
Due to time constraints, there never was a beta test or MPT.

Do I need Generals in order to play?
Yes. As Zero Hour is only an expansion pack and not a stand-alone title, it requires all the data from Generals.

Does that mean the requirements are the same?
Yes, the same requirements are needed for Zero Hour as they are Generals. Click here to see the system requirements.

Who's the Developer now?
Electronic Arts Los Angeles (EALA) developed Zero Hour.. The team is led by Harvard Bonin.

When is the release date?
It WAS the 22nd of September, 03. Obviously it's out now.

How much does it cost?
As it's an expansion pack, a reasonable estimate would be around £20 or $33. It depends where you shop!

Where's the Official Website?
Right here. The Official forums, movies, and other content can be found there.

Will Generals maps work in Zero Hour, and vice versa?
No. Maps need converting for the other game if they are to be used.

What about replays?
It is almost certain that replays won't work on the other game. Generals for Generals, Zero Hour for Zero Hour.

Where can I see some screenshots?
Every released screenshot can be found in the Images Gallery. Well, it's a sort of gallery.

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SINGLE PLAYER

What new missions are there?
There are 15 new missions, 5 for each side.

Is there a proper storyline this time?
Chris "Delphi" Rubyor enthusiastically said the following when asked "will there be a storyline?" in the #cnc chatroom:

[18:25] YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
[18:26] [Delphi-EA] =)
And recently in a video interview with Harvard Bonin, he gave the following information (direct transcript): " The USA [storyline] is the hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction and going after Dr Thrax; GLA are gathering splinter cells back into a cohesive whole, aiming to force the USA out of the Mediterranean, out of Europe altogether. China are looking to be a world superpower, forming a large Eurasian organisation with Europe much like NATO."

The storyline is told by "embedded reporters" in the battle areas.

Are there acted cutscenes?
The movies inbetween missions where reports give you information are acted, although there aren't any acted battle scenes or briefings as such.

Are there any new Battle Honours?
A new Battle Honour is the 'Domination' honour, awarded for winning 10, 25, 100, 500, 1000 or 10,000 games.

Will we get new maps to skirmish on?
25 new maps are included in Zero Hour.

Is there a new game mode to play in, other than Skirmish?
The "Generals Challenge" mode allows you to fight against the Generals of each side as one of 9 Generals available (3 for each side). There is 1 "uber" General (Leang) as the boss, who has the attributes of other Generals combined.

Has the AI been improved?
Asked in the Q&A Ash had with Delphi:

Yes! ;) I know the designer working on the new AI system for skirmish and multiplayer very well. Great guy" For the expansion we already have a working proto type AI system that can go head to head with one normal and brutal AI from the original game and hold ground. Ultimately we are trying to embed cool tactics and strategies players use online to give the AI a more human like feel. It"s not easy, but we have a great team (Westwood/EAP) with very passionate designers looking to make an awesome and extremely fun expansion pack.

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MULTIPLAYER

Are there any new game modes?
No, although extra options like "Starting Cash", "Limit Superweapons" and the option to only play with the "Original Armies" are included.

Is there a ladder?
The Official Ladder - Cases - supports Zero Hour, as well as ClanLeagues.Net, the community run ladder.

Is it possible to play it through GameSpy Arcade?
While Generals is powered from GameSpy, the interface (GOL) is used to chat and connect to games. As Generals wasn't supported in this way, it is unlikely Zero Hour will be either.

Do we have co-operative missions?
No.

Are there new features for team games, like money-sharing?
I'll let Delphi field this one.

No Money sharing, but we are working on maps that are catered more towards a team environment. With the addition of the new Generals in multiplayer, General is going to feel very unique to those who play the game with others on a daily basis.
Are there any official competitions or events being planned, like EA vs The World?
Sadly, again, nothing has been heard. Unofficial tournaments are often being organised, however, and are just as fun to participate in and many offer prizes.

How many new maps are there?
25.

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NEW FEATURES

What new units and structures are included?
For a complete listing with images and information, visit the Additions page.

What impact does the weather have?
Unfortunately not the game-changing things we'd have thought, but there's hope - again in the Q&A, Delphi said the following.

Currently, weather is more for visuals than anything else. Now for future products, we are looking into all the various possibilities. ;)

Will there be a navy or are the units only available in Single Player?
Naval units aren't usable online, but in the SinglePlayer missions, they are. Destroyers can attack land targets, and Aircraft Carriers can unleash 20 fighters on your command.

Have there been any changes to salvaging?
The development team liked the salvaging feature so much, they decided to let the GLA make more use of it. Structures can also be strengthened with scrap now, although this is done with a click with the building being selected - not 'collecting' it.

Who are the Generals, and what are their attributes?
Visit The Generals page. "It's almost...too logical" - Shinano.

What taunts are there?
Each of the Generals has many taunts they could throw at you - far too many, in fact, for me to list. Play the Challenge Mode and experience the burns for yourself.

Have they allowed you to use the more common right click now?
Indeed they have - fans of other RTS games will now have the option to adopt the right-click method seen in many of those games.

Are there any new hotkeys?
Yes, the new units and their abilities have hotkeys.

'WHEN YOU HAVE IT' QUESTIONS

General

I'm having tech problems...where can I get help?
Firstly, search through EA's help database which has lots of issues answered. Aside from that, try asking a member of our forums.

How can I disable the annoying movies that load before the game?
Go to this location, although you may need to change it if you changed it during install: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour\Data\English\Movies. Rename the files "EA_LOGO.bik" and "sizzle_review.bik" - just add some random letters to the end or something - and they'll go.

Where can I find some tips & strategies?
The Official Prima Strategy guide can be bought from EBGames and other stores. Fan tactics are here on CNCSeries and also our forum. Other than that, browse other C&C sites.

Are there other, more specific FAQs available?
The mammoth FAQ haven that is GameFAQs has a Zero Hour section which should help.

None of that answered my question! What am I supposed to do now?
Uh...contact Ash or post in the forum. It'll be added to the FAQ if need be.

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