EA plans to release the source code for its classic Command and Conquer real-time strategy games: Tiberian Dawn and Command and Conquer: Red Alert, the company revealed today. In addition to the release of Command and Conquer Remastered Set, which includes remastered versions of both franchises and their expansions, the source code for the two games is expected to be available on June 5.

By open-sourcing the games, players should be able to use the assets to create mods which could be quite extensive in theory. "These open-source DLLs should help users design maps, create custom units, replace art, change gameplay logic, and edit data," Jim Vessella, manufacturer for Command and Conquer Remastered, told EA in a blog post. The open-source tools, he added, can also be used in conjunction with a new map editor which is part of the series.

Players will be able to use patches and custom maps whether they are playing via Steam or via EA's Origin game launcher, but, according to Vessella, the method of using the custom assets is slightly different for each. EA will use the Steam workshop to distribute maps and mods on Steam, and you will be able to download content from both the Community hub of the game and inside each title. You will be able to access maps in-game if you are playing on Origin, but you will have to install mods manually.

The source code for both games is available under version 3 of the GNU General Public License, Vessella said.