As a follow-up to yesterday's newsletter I today want to talk about one of the new features included in v1.25 of the FXmod, namely the return of FX:The Legendary Fleet (or FX:LF). Summon and fight alongside the developers behind the FXmod in an epic and chaotic take on Tower Defense as you attempt to escape from the Giant Chronospace Storm!
The Legendary Fleet
FX:LF is one of the new Single-Player missions added to v1.25, and a revival of our past standalone modification with the same name. In this mode you play alongside the members of mysterious 9th Fleet -- a rumored unit that is supposedly composed of units from all kinds of races who have rallied and banded together under a common cause. Your own Hiigaran unit and the 9th Fleet were recently caught in a strange and deadly phenomenon known as the Giant Chronospace Storm, teleporting you to a forbidden area in the Sea of Lost Souls where the different dimensions and alternative universes overlap. Although the area itself is frozen in time, its unstable nature causes it to periodically pull in units from other races, other timeperiods, and sometimes even alternate universes where the events that define Homeworld1 & 2 transpired differently.
Your goal is to fight together with the 9th Fleet and survive against the numerous anomalies the Chronospace Storm will throw at you. There are a number of waves composed of ships from various fleets and various times, and they will be coming at you from four directions. Positioning is important; will you build a solid wall of ships in the middle, try to break out in one direction, or perhaps even take up position to one of the enemy spawns? Besides your position the [Pause] key and strikegroups will be some of your best friends -- in addition to the 9th Fleet, of course!
Surviving the Chronospace Storm
You start off as a Hiigaran carrier with basic escorts that is joined by SiMuXiao's Sensor Array. You can build units from your carrier as if it were a regular match, but in order to come out on top you will need to call in and deploy the members of the 9th Fleet. The resources to build units or summon them can be obtained through harvesting and/or destroying enemy ships.
To call forth units of the 9th Fleet press the [P] button in-game to bring up the summon menu. By spending various amounts of RUs, SiMuXiao can rig his Sensor Array to setup a exit beacon for the selected unit, allowing it to escape from the Chonospace Storm and appear at your location from which point on it will be under your command.
Every single unit in the 9th Fleet is unique in some way, and will be very powerful when put to good use. However, they are not overpowered and can't simply crush the entire enemy fleet by themselves. Use them wisely, and be sure to support them with the proper stock Hiigaran units, repairs, strikegroups, and periodically having them dock. If a 9th Fleet unit dies it will be pulled back into the Chronospace Storm, and you will need to summon it again.
Besides the 9th Fleet you will also be joined by Hiigaran reinforcements at the start of each enemy wave. These reinforcements will appear at your default spawn location (the center of the map), and can be regular units or production vessels such as carriers or even shipyards.
Finally, the game will automatically auto-save at the start of each enemy wave - so you won't have to worry about a 'hard reset' .. in most cases.
Another unique feature found in FX:LF is the comment or "live unit status" system. Every unit of the 9th Fleet uses its own set of dialogue, which is displayed underneath the unit in real time. These statuses vary in nature: they can be references to the 9CCN modding team, the Homeworld universe, Homeworld modding, jokes, or comments that are very 'typical' of the person saying them. We wanted to give players the idea that they really are playing alongside the developers of the FXmod, and thus came up with this idea to make these ships feel a bit more 'personal'. You may, for instance, get the following comment when you order lone_wolf's Nagual to attack:
Well, let me read the manual... Combat 101: Point your engine module towards enemy...Wait, where is my ENGINE MODULE?!
Or you may witness the Taiidan "Empress" Shipyard taking a subtle jab at its predecessor, the former Taiidan Flagship:
I'm much better than that grave ship which only stores 30 million bodies!
Unit comments will automatically change every 10 seconds, but will also be adjusted based on the unit's health (low-normal-high) or status (attacking).
FX: The Legendary Fleet is coming this weekend as part of the v1.25 update. To those who possess the bravery and willpower to challenge the Chronospace Storm: good luck!