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Today we're having a look at the four Sub-Factions available to the Galactic Republic in Expanding Fronts.

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Expanding Fronts aims to not only add a massive roster of new units to the game, but to allow players to utilize these units in a standard Skirmish environment. To allow for this, each of the 8 civilizations has been divided into numerous Sub-Factions that carry a unique roster of units and techs. Featured today is an overview of the Galactic Republic's Sub-Faction lineup.

CLONE ARMY

The Grand Army of the Republic's primary forces are made up of millions of loyal clone troopers. These troopers are adaptable to perform a wide array of actions and, with the right composition, can tackle nearly any situation. The Clone Army can make use of specialized troops such as ARC Troopers and Assassins. In addition, the clones can utilize the powerful, redesigned Low Altitude Assault Transport to clear hostile terrain, and quickly drop into battle.

GAR MECHANIZED
While the clone troopers can defeat any obstacle with time, the GAR Mechanized Division is all about smashing through enemy defenses with heavy armor. Close-quarters units like the AT-XT and TX-130 can be combined with the powerful assault capabilities of AT-TEs and Juggernauts to create unstoppable walls of firepower.


REPUBLIC STARFIGHTER CORPS
Tasked with providing aerial support to ground forces, the Republic Starfighter Corps makes use of a wide array of aircraft. Light fighters and interceptors like the Eta-2 Actis and V-19 torrent provide fast and efficient anti-fighter support, while slower-moving, heavy aircraft like the ARC-170 and BTL-B Y-Wing wreak havoc on enemy ground forces.


GAR SUPPORT DIVISION
Serving primary from behind the front lines, the GAR Support Sub-Faction makes use of long-ranged artillery, and powerful anti-aircraft units to assist allies in combat. When necessary, the Support Division can inflict severe damage to enemy forces up close via the use of deadly Clone Commando units.


NEW BATTLEFRONT AND SWGB'S FUTURE
I'm sure that everybody is excited to hear about the announcement of a new Star Wars Battlefront game coming from none other than DICE, creators of the wildly successful Battlefield series. The constant demands of fans over the years have finally paid off, and EA appears to be attempting to turn a new leaf and get back on the good sides of gamers.


Last month we posted an article asking people who were interested in seeing classic LucasArts titles like Galactic Battlegrounds re-released digitally to contact EA and show their support. I'm confident that with a loud enough audience we can convince them to make these classic games available to gamers and Star Wars fans once again. Send your tweets to @EA_DICE @VisceralGames @BioWare and #starwarsnextgen, and help get these titles released.

HELP WANTED
If you have experience in terms of 2D/3D art, Random Map/AI scripting, or general editing experience with the AoK/SWGB Genie engine, and would like to contribute to the Expanding Fronts project, feel free to contact project members Gen_Rhys_Dallows or Sarthos via ModDB Private Messaging. Alternatively, you can post a message in our project thread at SWGB.HeavenGames.com



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Kasix
Kasix

Actually the sub-factions remind me of World in Conflict where in multiplayer players choose role of infantry, armor, air or support role. Great job!

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Phlipiman
Phlipiman

Cool mod! Glad that people are still playin this old but awesome game! :D

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Smoothskin
Smoothskin

Yes! Clones are my favourite SW characters!

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upfrontcarmine
upfrontcarmine

this is gonna be so cool, i always play the clones and just love what you are doing with them. by the way, are you planning on improving the skin of the clone trooper in any way? personally i think it could be touched on and maybe give them a more clone wars kinda look.

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

While a number of new clone types are being added, we have no plans to modify the default clone trooper graphics.

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upfrontcarmine
upfrontcarmine

ok then, thank you for responding =)

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Uacher_Wolfeight
Uacher_Wolfeight

This is looking oustanding!

One question though, are these the only sub-factions that'll be available for the GAR, or will there be more specialized units? And also, if there will be more subs, will there be one focused on infantry or will the "standart" faction fill that role?

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

There is no standardized faction; you must select one of the four upon reaching Tech Level 3.

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Guest

If that's the case, then I suppose that all sub-factions will have a specialty and there will be no "jack-of-all-trades" faction?

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

Correct, which is why it's best to play with a teammate. However, the sub-factions do not lock you out of other unit trees. If you decide to play as an infantry faction, you will still have access to basic tanks, aircraft, and heavy weapons - You may even have a few unique units within those groups. They just won't be able to become as effective as they would have had you specialized in their respective branches.

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Delta_86
Delta_86

I know this is a necropost, but how will AI select sub-factions in Standard Games? Can you select the sub-faction for each AI or will they randomly select?

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Delta_86
Delta_86

Also, can you use the sub-faction system in the Campaign?

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giouriostegui
giouriostegui

I've looked at a lot of the photos and videos of this mod, and I have to say that I really like the work you guys have done, and I am really looking forward to this!! I just wanted to ask though, Is there an estimate release date?

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

Not at the moment, sorry. We're working as quickly as we can with what little staff we have.

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giouriostegui
giouriostegui

It's alright thanks! just another question, I saw capital ships: imperial star destroyers, republic attack cruisers, and providence-class destroyers in some photos, and is there going to be a way to play an only space game mode like this in multi-player?

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Gen_Rhys_Dallows Author
Gen_Rhys_Dallows

We don't have plans to make anything like that, but I'm sure the numerous map designers in the community will find some use for them.

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