The mega units (Viscount, Subjugator, Executor, Eclipse) were beginning to feel a bit lackluster compared to how epic they were meant to feel, so I set out to improve them.
Several ideas were discussed and eventually someone came up with the idea of boss battle style stages. Initially I discarded the idea thinking that's not possible in EAW, but after some workarounds it turns out it's totally possible, and I've been working on them besides the usual development of the mod.
The phases work like this:
Your dreadnought, fresh out of the shipyard, starts with all systems online. You do battle with phase one of the unit and if it is destroyed, phase two starts, with new weapons, new abilities, new targetable hardpoints, and a different garrison. If you now win, you go back to the GC map and you're stuck with phase two of the ship. While for a couple of phases this isn't that big of a problem, in later phases your ship is so heavily damaged it will eventually no longer have any weapons left to fight with. On the GC map you can repair your dreadnought at high level shipyards, which resets it back to phase one.
While this is highly recommended, later stages come with increasingly more destructive weapons, abilities and garrisons, until the very end where you have no more ship left and you have to bring in a support fleet (Later phases have reduced pop value for the dreadnoughts) to save your husk of a dreadnought. If you don't, it dies for good. So while repairing back to phase one is the safest option, you may want to try and risk all for those juicy weapons in stages two and three for the Executor, or Palpatine's OP as shit abilities on the Eclipse stages three and four. Unlimited Power.
The phases are quite fun and add a bit more dynamic to the mega units, which were fairly set-and-forget before this. Additional changes to the dreadnoughts include less exciting features such as passive repair, and less pop value on later stages so you can bring in reinforcements to save your ship. Eventually the phases may be added to other objects such as the starforge, galaxy gun, and some battlecruisers like the mandator, but these things take time.