Welcome to the second article in our series of non-Hoth related updates. Hoth is still on track, but with us harping on about that map for a while now we thought you might like to hear news of some of the other assets we currently have in the pipeline.
This week we bring to you news of the development of a brand new vehicle to First Strike. The vehicle selection within the mod is pretty extensive as it is with the majority of the original trilogy's more iconic vehicles already covered, with EU (Expanded Universe) assets filling the gaps in both faction's arsenals where no movie based vehicles will fit.
However I think you'll find this new vehicle quite unique, as it's origins (akin to those of the ever popular MLC-3 asset featured in the Jundland Wastes map) hark back to the original toy line from the 70's and 80's, and one of the most popular toys back then was the Troop Transporter, and so we started to develop the ITT (Imperial Troop Transporter), not a direct replica of the original toy, but using that as a starting point to develop a mean looking Imperial war machine which also filled a gap in the Imperial arsenal, the need for a ground troop transport. Sure they have the Lambda and Sentinel to get about the maps rapidly, but for maps that don't include aircraft the Imperials are woefully lacking in transport, as seen in maps where a couple of civilian speeders are used by the Empire, which just doesn't fit their MO at all. With the ITT the Empire will have a dedicated APC, light and nimble enough to traverse city streets and clear out any Rebel troops who might be hiding out there, and heavily armed enough to at least be the equal of the Rebel's APC Freerunner, and with the possibility of an anti-air version with guided rockets and more powerful blasters than fitted on the APC, this asset could become a firm favourite wherever it is deployed.
Below are a few work in progress images of this asset for you to enjoy.
Continue visual scanning for further updates to come.
See you out there Troopers!