Forged Alliance is a stand-alone expansion to the critically acclaimed RTS game Supreme Commander. The game adds a brand new alien race, the Seraphims, who have come back from outer space to wreak havoc on humanity. One campaign had been added, and the gameplay of the three existing factions has been significantly reworked.
It probably hasn't escaped your notice that there hasn't yet been a post outlining what has changed between 0.7.5.5 and 0.8. The short answer, and also the reason why there hasn't been a post yet, is "a lot". The less short answer to the question of why there hasn't yet been a post is because the changelog between those two versions is over 1300 lines long, and represents about two and a half years of development, and condensing that down to something easily digestible, and that people will actually read is no easy feat.
The second big question is probably "why was it delayed by nearly 2 years when the initial reason for the delay was a broken leg sustained less than two weeks before the originally announced release date?" Well, the real answer to that question is probably a bit too introspective and weird, and can probably be boiled down to "feature creep question mark?" But, the whys are less important than the whats, and it's the whats and whens that we are here for, so without further ado:
What is new? I suppose we should start with the big stuff. Everyone likes the big stuff.
In order from largest to smallest, more or less, we have:
That's all the new experimental units in BrewLAN 0.8. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! BrewLAN 0.8 also includes a plethora of sub-mods, three of which focus on additional units, all three of which include some number of experimental units, and all three of which are entirely new packaged with BrewLAN 0.8. So a slight tangent:
These extra unit sub-mods are, in order pictured:
That might not seem like a lot of additions to the lower tech levels, but BrewLAN has long been close to finished at those levels, and not much more inside the main BrewLAN is planned at the lower tech levels. However, that doesn't include the sub mods; Research & Daiquiris alone added 8 tech 1 units, with numerous more planned. Which brings us to:
But first, I should probably address the full extent of the so-called BrewLAN 0.8★ ninja update that occurred on 18|08|18: The changes were the addition of Maelstrom to Caffe Corretto, the addition of real AI support for Research & Daiquiris, and some minor translation corrections. The reason I refer to this update as 0.8★ rather than 0.8.1 or something is because it contained no functional changes to BrewLAN itself, and is 100% compatible with the original release version of 0.8, save for the two updated sub-mods, which report different versions, and will prevent anyone from using the different versions together.
In two days, on 26|08|2018, BrewLAN will be 9 years old. 13|10|2018 will be the 9 year anniversary of the first public release. I am currently planning to release BrewLAN 1.0 either on it's 10th birthday, the 10th anniversary of the first public release or on 10|10|2019 between the two anniversary dates. This means that BrewLAN 0.9 is pegged for release in around 6 months time, and I might do a 0.9.9 release on 09|09|19 because I'm a sucker for those sorts of release dates. I should probably also stress, that just because I plan to release BrewLAN 1.0, doesn't mean I plan to finish development on everything Supreme Commander on that date. Just that I'll consider BrewLAN feature complete.
And that is the concise summary of all the new units in BrewLAN 0.8. I'll leave you with shameless plugs for my Patreon page, where I post quality related content such as time-lapses, concept art, and original un-reduced textures, and the LOUD Discord, where I can frequently be found posting about random things I'm doing at that time, but that don't make for a good promotional image. Ciao.
Notes concerning the AI development, from Sprouto - July 2017 Screenshot of upcoming 8 factory base layout for AI
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This is the old expcruiser naval pack for Supreme Commander Forged Alliance.
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