The Last Stand is an addon project for the Sins of a Solar Empire, aiming to provide additional and original content, depth and challenge to the game, including three new races, new gameplay elements and tactical gadgets such as mines, interdiction abilities, deployable starbases, new ship classes and more.
They're big. They're very bad. And they definitely pack a punch. If you can call it that when they just wiped out your entire fleet, everything you had anchored in orbit and licked the sweet tears from your face to boot! The Titans are here!
Posted by ManSh00ter on Jun 13th, 2009
Its been a while since the last update, and while its not necessary to go into details, lets just say that I have experienced some technical difficulties which considerably slowed down my work on the mod. But, all this is about to change as the Episode I slowly draws to final stages of production!
Soon you will be fighting desperate battles against the encroaching Xin, or wreaking havoc across the galaxy while doing your best evil laugh imitation (optional)!
To tide you over until the next teaser trailer showing the ingame action in all its glory, here is a bit of information on the mod's biggest ship class - the Titan.
A Titan class ship is the most powerful unit a player can build in the Last Stand. The requirements are enormous, from research costs and time to actual building times and resource needs. They easily dwarf Entrenchment starbases in production costs, but on a plus side, a Titan can eat a starbase for breakfast, then burp flaming debris to incinerate the planet below. Proverbially speaking.
Each new faction, the Xin, the Clans Remnant, and the Hegemony will have one Titan class ship available via research, each having a unique approach to combat and utility. The Leviathan, the Xin equivalent, is built for one purpose only - to wipe out the enemy as quickly and decisively as possible.
Built from five separate modules, each larger than even the largest Xin battleship and easily dwarfing even smaller ships like TEC or Vasari battleships, the Leviathan is an immensely tough behemoth, designed to wade into the thick of action and detonate its most powerful weapon, an artificially created and maintained black hole.
Possibly the only machine in the known universe which can create and maintain a phenomenon of such awesome potential, little is known about the actual methods by which a Leviathan can maintain a full-fledged black hole in the narrow space at the center of its superstructure without instantly collapsing under the enormous gravitational pressure. The five identical modules are themselves autonomous, held in place relative to each other by the same forces they help put into being. In fact, it is speculated that the sole purpose of the modules is to provide the platform for whatever mysterious machinery controls the black hole.
Being so large, the Xin Titan does not have effective ship-to-ship weaponry. Instead, it relies on massive hordes of various assault and defense drones to provide point defense emerging from its ten enormous hangars, each of which could easily accomodate a cruiser or two. While this makes the large ship vulnerable to well prepared fleets which carry a lot of weaponry dedicated to taking out the drones, its most valuable ability lies in the fact that it can "excite" the black hole it maintains, creating massive assymetric gravity surges which not only suck all free-floating objects towards the gargantuan ship, but also obliterate any objects which stray too close, making the Leviathan potentially capable of wiping out an entire sector completely.
But, such awesome power takes time to unleash. It takes approximately six minutes to create a powerful shockwave guaranteed to wipe out the entire sector. While the minor shockwaves emanating from the tormented space-time in the center of the structure are potentially deadly to any ship, a determined fleet has an option to try and take out the behemoth before it can obliterate them - a timed race with only one possible winner.
Ultimately, your best bet is never to let your opponent build a Titan. Because if you do find yourself squaring off against one of these, you better come prepared and then some. When fighting a Titan, there is no room for second tries.