So, it's been a while since we had a USEFUL news post, and with all of the progress we've made recently, there's no time like the present.
First up, we've got a new video! It features some huge battles, including some of the newer units for both sides.
Video now in HD.
For the Allies, the only new unit visible for most of the battles was the Particle Expeller, easily identified by the large loop-like weapon turret. It's an amphibious unit, so it plays an important part during the beach landing alongside the Riptides, providing some much-needed anti-vehicle support.
The Alert Icebreaker is also visible at the end of the video, as is the Swan Seaplane.
For the Confederates, the Ranger jeep is visible right off the bat. It's a quick vehicle with fairly low armour, armed with a machine gun capable of ruining any infantryman's day. At the moment it's capable of targetting aircraft as well, but that may change in balancing. The Ranger is right next to some Confederate Gun Turrets, which are anti-tank defensive structures capable of switching to an indirect-fire mode for shooting over walls. The Confederate build system also makes them perfect for defending choke points, such as those hills on Temple Prime.
You can also see a good number of Lee Halftracks, armed with quad cannons capable of clearing the skies on command... and not too shabby against soft targets either. Their secondary ability allows them to camouflage at the cost of movement and anti-infantry power - they're trained to keep their eyes to the skies while camo'd, as they're designed to be used in an anti-air role and unlike most other camo-capable units, are able to reactivate their fibre-optics almost immediately after firing.
The most common tanks in the video are the huge Mastiff and the light Beagle. The Mastiff has the armour and firepower to attack the opponent directly (after some upgrades), and are the main battle tank of the Confederate army. The Beagle has a much lighter cannon, but is far more agile, and as a result is designed to take advantage of an enemy's rear armour. Their secondary abilities complement each other, with the Beagle designed to boost the Mastiff's speed at the expense of its weaponry and the Mastiff designed to boost the Beagle's weaponry at the expense of its speed.
The last two Confederate units visible in the video were the Jackson APC, which looks essentially like a little box with wheels, and the Bulldog Tank Destroyer, with a low profile and an intimidating hull-mounted cannon.
The Jackson is useful in its simplicity - it's a troop transport and nothing else. All the other space that would've been taken up by ampibiousness, weapons, or (hypothetically) some kind of crazy disguise capability are instead replaced with sheer weight of armour. The Jackson is BY FAR the most resilient troop carrier in the game, and all that extra weight gives it the ability to crush infantry.
The Bulldog is a powerful anti-tank unit, but it doesn't exactly have the health to give it the role of Main Battle Tank currently held by the Mastiff. While it can usually destroy one or more enemy tanks in a single volley - the Bulldog fires 3-shot bursts - it has a slightly shorter range than most enemy tanks and a severely limiting reload time. Rather than face enemies head-on (as it does unsuccessfully a few times in the video), it is designed with camouflage capability - it hunkers down, becomes invisible, and if angled right, ends up with a prime view of the enemy's weak rear armour after they pass by unaware.
The last few units in the video are the Duster Aircraft and the Razor Sub.
The Duster is visible dropping a bomb partway through the video - this bomb generates a tornado that lifts up infantry and lighter vehicles, damaging them over time and killing them upon landing 99.9% of the time. It can land anywhere and reloads upon landing, and while on the ground it can move slowly in case it needs to (gradually) escape some anti-air units.
The Razor Sub is at the very end of the video and never really sees action, but its main weapons are drill torpedoes that damage enemies over time until they return for repairs - perfect for harassing the bigger naval artillery units. It can also fire a remote controlled Mole Missile onto land that digs underground until it finds its target, usually a structure... and then it explodes with devastating force.
As we complete some more of the Confederate units we'll be making videos showing off their many functions, so don't touch that dial! Or just like, watch our page or something. Either way, you won't be disappointed!