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.

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This update brings more eyecandy, more information about the Xin race and certainly more gruesome visuals of ships being torn apart by nefarious energy weapons. Never enough of that.

Posted by ManSh00ter on Sep 23rd, 2008

Hello everyone, it's about time for another update, just so people don't assume I got kidnapped or that my computer blew up. Or something.

Anyway. Work has been a bit slow lately due to academic pursuits of yours truly, but the pace is starting to pick up slowly but surely. On the technical side of things, I finally upgraded my gear with a brand new digital tablet and Zbrush! This makes it so much easier to paint those organic components, and machinery turns out pretty good as well. Hopefully because of my new toys you will get to command even prettier ships than I hoped for. ;)

On to the update. In this issue, I bring you several new screenshots and just one new item, and that is the Xin Graviton Uplink - or the Frigate Factory if you are not one to mince words. But, the Xin build their ships with a twist!
Unlike the generally accepted practice of slapping your ships together in orbit, these aliens actually grow them in subterranean caverns filled with water, deep within the crust of the planets below. When the organic beings which will make the core of the ship are fully grown, they are transformed via addition of armored plates and mechanical subsystems into the silvery devils which will sow terror amongst the stars above.
But before they can do that, they first need to be inserted into orbit. Because the caverns are completely sealed from the outside world, there is no viable way of physically traveling to and from the caverns, so the Xin use the - Graviton Uplink.

Graviton Uplink


Basically a huge wormhole generator, the Graviton Uplink uses its tremendous gravity generators to form an incredibly thin but long funnel of seriously bent space-time continuum, extending all the way down to the planet. Down in the caves, a similar device acts as a twin to the one in orbit, except that the subterranean end uses its generators to literally pull apart incoming objects one subatomic particle at a time, pack them all neatly together with a construction stabilization matrix impulse and send the whole lot up the Uplink to the waiting portal in orbit, where they are assembled in reverse order and a finished ship emerges from the swirling maelstrom of tortured particles.

And the best thing is, you can actually see this happening. Well, not the caves and everything, but the Uplink funnel, the matrix packets and the assemblage all unfold before your eyes in an effort to glue your attention to the process of ship assembly to the point of making you lose the game because you didn't see that huge fleet coming in.
Once the Second Generation Genome Elite Drone and the Attack Cruiser are done, I will make sure to display them and the Uplink in a nice video because screenshots really don't do justice to this.

This much from me for now, a new update will be hopefully coming soon!

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nadanova
nadanova Sep 24 2008, 2:54am says:

You could turn this into a novel. Great update and great fiction!

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WarCrime342
WarCrime342 Sep 24 2008, 10:17am says:

This is unbelievable. I can hardly wait to see.

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zergling87
zergling87 Sep 24 2008, 3:33pm says:

Indeed, this is a very good job. Can't wait until this comes out.

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cHr0n0sPh3r3
cHr0n0sPh3r3 Sep 25 2008, 3:14am says:

Huh...
So the Xin make their ships like internet downloads?

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ManSh00ter
ManSh00ter Sep 25 2008, 7:50am says:

Well, I don't know about what kind of a service provider *you* have, but strange alien creatures don't come out of my ADSL router when I'm downloading things... ;)

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cHr0n0sPh3r3
cHr0n0sPh3r3 Sep 26 2008, 3:19am replied:

Ha well, I have a fluffy one sitting right next to me right now, i call it "Boris" It likes Italian food for some reason O-o

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RaGod
RaGod Sep 28 2008, 6:11pm replied:

Man, you must have oold technology as my linksys pops out zerglings when i am downloading things XD. And they also like Italian food....maybe its a conspiracy?

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attackmike
attackmike Dec 28 2008, 9:37pm says:

sounds like a mixture of sword of the stars mix with zergsXD (Xin)

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501General
501General May 2 2010, 2:07am says:

this looks like an official expansion with years of planing and design.

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