While DTA 1.15 was announced to be released at the end of the summer, the date was intentionally kept vague to allow everything to be finished on time. The summer is technically already over however (even if the weather and temperate strongly argue otherwise), so the announced date unfortunately wasn't vague enough. We apologize if we made you get your hopes up too much.
Without going into details, we're still waiting on a few things from several sources that are independent from our staff, but it fortunately is possible to work around this if it turns out to be necessary. So without further ado, we'll announce a more concrete release date: September 23rdYes 2016, smartass ¬_¬(that's a Friday).
We're also making good use of the extra time to finish up some assets that we otherwise might not have been able to finish.
To ease the wait, here are some global things to look forward to (aside from of course the awesome new client, which was already covered in the previous news post):
The ingame options menu windows have been improved a lot.
Not only do they look a lot more like those of the original games, but the visual theme of the options menu window now depends on which faction you're playing as.
GDI and Nod share the same theme, while Allies and Soviet have their own unique themes.
Take note of the new "Chat" keyboard shortcuts.
As always there a good number of new maps, including 1 singleplayer mission, 6 multiplayer maps, as well as at least 4 new co-op missions.
And maps of course couldn't be made without terrain, which also received a decent amount of improvements and additions for mappers to put to good use.
All bridge and platform tiles were improved and can now also be connected to the newly added ramps.
The new tiled and brick floors can be placed on any other ground type.
And if you think those floor tiles look familiar, you're right:
DTA finally introduces interior terrain in version 1.15.
There are also a good number of changes under the hood, bug fixes and balance changes.
The balance changes concerning naval units were the most drastic:
- All first and second tier ships were made 20% cheaper and their weapon range has been reduced by 33 up to 48 percent.
- The weapons of tanks, aircraft and especially artillery units were also made a lot more effective against ships.
- Ships no longer self-heal unless they become elite.
- Ships inflict more damage against one another.
The goal of these changes is to make naval battles more fast-paced paced and fun, while also giving players a much better fighting chance when they're attacked by naval units while they don't have any naval units of their own.
If you paid close attention to the image, you might have noticed that there are both Tiberium Refineries and Ore Refineries visible. This won't be any different in DTA 1.15: you'll be seeing the correct refineries in all enemy bases from now on.
And that's all we'll show for now. We hope to see you on the 23rd and hopefully we'll get a nice number of online matches going.