The year is 2055, more than thirty years after the events of Zero Hour, Earth suffers a catastrophic collision with meteorites. The world is thrown into turmoil as large swathes of land are annihilated. Four factions, the ADF (Asian Democratic Federation), WEA (West European Alliance), WLF (World Liberation Front), and AC (American Confederacy) are at war for control of the remaining already harder to find resources as well as the preservation of their nations and geopolitical interests. Welcome to Deep Impact.
The American Confederacy have always played an extremely simplistic role in the war, in that one-on-one, they, and all of their units, cannot be beaten. Seeing this one-sided nature to their tactics, the Confederacy requisitioned a new unit, one that did not depend on powering through several units before eventually being overwhelmed. Instead, the Dustrider was developed for it's speed, agility and survivability. If damaged, it has the speed to make it out of a battle without being destroyed, and is capable of pursuing units to finish them off. Like every Confederacy unit, the Dustrider is capable of dealing high damage to any foe. It also sports a lightweight chassis that was installed to allow the Dustrider to ambush enemies from cliffs - the lightweight chassis combined with heavily absorbent suspension allows the Dustrider to literally drive over cliffs, landing at the bottom with no more than a scratch. Once there, it unloads it's payload of missiles, a weaponset unique amongst the Confederacy's many units courtesy of their corrosive payloads, which deal damage to any vehicle that stays within the blast radius for too long. However, due to the lightweight chassis, the armour of the unit is also less than that of other Confederacy units, allowing it to be destroyed quickly if it directly engages the enemy for too long, a feature that most other Confederacy units excel at. Using a Dustrider effectively is key to a Commander's victory - using it ineffectively is often the key to his downfall.
* It has speed, agility and survivability.
* A high damage output vs structures with its corrosive weapons.
* Able to pass over cliffs.