Dawn of the Tiberium Age (DTA) is a stand-alone mod that combines Tiberian Dawn (C&C 95) and Red Alert using the Tiberian Sun engine. The project's aim is to allow people to both play and mod TD and RA, while having all of the benefits of the TS engine.

All 4 factions (GDI, Nod, Allies, and Soviet) of the original games are included and can simultaneously battle one another on over 100 original multiplayer maps. This can be done either in classic mode (which matches the balance of TD and RA1 as closely as possible) or enhanced mode (which adds many new features and competitive balance improvements).

DTA also features dozens of challenging, unique singleplayer missions as well as co-op missions that can be easily played over the community-driven CnCNet online service.

Since this is a stand-alone mod, you don't require anything but the mod itself to be able to play: the original game is not required.

This mod is still actively being worked on, so you can expect frequent updates and if you find any bugs, please report them so that we can fix them as soon as possible.

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GDI - Nod - Allies - Soviet


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DTA in 2018

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We've been somewhat quiet this year. A peek at our change log page however reveals that despite our laziness with writing news posts, we haven't been just idling; we've released 11 updates this year. These updates have focused more on improving and optimizing the game engine, balance, and our existing content rather than pumping out new maps and missions. We are, however, also working on new playable content that we hope to release with an update closer to Christmas. But let's first go over the most important changes in our smaller updates this year. We'll only cover the most significant changes. For smaller changes you can check out the full change log.

Balance

The Sea Shadow and Soviet Ekranoplan weapons were reworked. The Sea Shadow now has a cluster missile that splits early, while the Soviet Ekranoplan is no longer an aicraft carrier but only fires missiles instead. The Behemoth was found somewhat too game-deciding, so its rate of fire was lowered while the spread of its flames was increased. This makes it more of an option to dodge its projectiles and avoid the damage with fast units, while it still deals a lot of damage when it hits, with the flames further increasing the damage through their damage-over-time effect. We also made its elite weapon more interesting with chemical flames.

behemothflames


Technical

In the original game's multiplayer, the map was always revealed when you died. This was bad for co-op missions as the reveal could spoil missions, and it also made it possible to spoil team-based PvP matches like 2v2s and 3v3s, as one dead player could tell their teammate about the other team's forces. Now the map is only revealed in FFA games and regular (non-mission) co-op games.

dkeeton and FunkyFr3sh of CnCNet have worked hard on improving the TS-DDRAW renderer, which now finally solves all performance and menu visibility issues for most people. Performance of online games has also been improved significantly through enhancements to the game engine's networking code. Speaking of online games, we've also had a decent number of people online lately.

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We also found a critical bug in the game engine that made it reset the difficulty level of a mission to Normal whenever you re-started a non-campaign mission. In other words, if you've played DTA's singleplayer missions, they've possibly been either significantly harder or easier than intended, depending on which difficulty level you selected. This is fixed now. Talking of singleplayer missions, we've also added 3 new missions since DTA 1.16's release last year: Drive's remakes of Sarin Gas 1 and 2 were added in last December, while Morpher's East Asian Front was added in last weekend's update.

East Asian Front

There's also the usual bunch of smaller client and game engine updates.

Mapping

Mappers have got new terrain to play with; the temperate platform tile set now has ramps and smaller variants of Nooze's big crater have been added. The interior theater has been expanded with an interior platform tile set, and creating interior areas has been made easier with visible shadows for interior wall pieces in the map editor. We've also made road endings that lead into a cave.


Future updates

We reached the 8th place in MOTY voting last year. We never really got around to thanking you for it, so here it goes: thank you! It was a really great and unexpected surprise, and we got there thanks to your votes.


Despite our silence and these updates we've also been working on more things behind the scenes. I've personally spent more time studying the TS game engine with other CnCNet team members, which makes fixing bugs and implementing new functionality easier in the future. We've also been working on new maps, missions and co-op missions, which we hope we can deliver to you with a larger update near Christmas.

Stay tuned for more updates during the coming weeks! Or if you'd rather prefer an alternative news source and discussion forum, you can also reach out to us in our new official Discord channel on CnCNet's server: Discord.gg

DTA 1.16 Release Time

DTA 1.16 Release Time

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It's December 1st, which of course means that DTA version 1.16 will be released today like we announced in our previous news posts.

DTA 1.16 Game Engine and Client Improvements

DTA 1.16 Game Engine and Client Improvements

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Alongside new content and gameplay changes, DTA 1.16 also includes several improvements to the game engine and client.

DTA 1.16 Gameplay Changes

DTA 1.16 Gameplay Changes

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DTA version 1.16's release on December 1st will come with a large number of gameplay changes, of which I'll cover the most notable ones here.

DTA 1.16 Release Date

DTA 1.16 Release Date

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DTA 1.16 will be released on December 1st. Expect to see a lot more updates within the next 3 weeks!

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magachs
magachs

This is only a minor typo, but the "igloo" civilian structure is named "iglo" in-game. Either that or I wasn't aware that word could be written like that. :P

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KevinL
KevinL

The latest update causes the client to crash, error message:
HRESULT: [0x887A0005], Module: [SharpDX.DXGI], ApiCode: [DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_REMOVED/DeviceRemoved], Message: Unknown
On the OpenGL version:
The type initializer for 'Sdl' threw an exception.
The XNA version still works.

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Bittah_Commander Creator
Bittah_Commander

What operating system are you running on?

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KevinL
KevinL

Windows 7.

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

What is your graphics card?

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KevinL
KevinL

On a notebook with an Intel Integrated HD 3000, but I don't think the game should require graphics acceleration when the engine is 19 years old.

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

Despite that the game itself is old, the client is not.

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KevinL
KevinL

Still, maintaining backwards compatibility is important as players for classic RTS games and mods don't always have the greatest system specs.

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

Btw, could you provide me a log file (client.log) of the crash? The client saves error logs in the \Client\ErrorLogs\ directory inside your DTA dir.

I'm considering implementing a check for this specific crash (DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_REMOVED) so that when it happens, the client will ask the user if they'd want to try the XNA version instead on next startup.

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Rampastring Creator
Rampastring

I know. Hence why we have the XNA version and still support even Windows XP even though it prevents me from using newer .NET Framework versions than 4.0.

Going by specs the Intel HD 3000 should be able to run the client, but I'd guess there's some kind of driver issue that makes it crash with the latest version of MonoGame.

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The Dawn of the Tiberium Age: ****: Look For the Dawn Dawn of the Tiberium Ages (DTA) is a Tiberian sun mod that looks to recreate the game that started it all, Tiberian Dawn. In that regard, DTA is a massive success, with the mod capturing the look, spirit and feel of the original game. It does not stop there however, as DTA takes Tiberian Dawn to the next level, including skirmish modes and online support for fans. Graphically, DTA mimics it's ancestral father perfectly, the charmingly simple…

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