If you've been following us lately, you've most likely noticed that we've been posting plenty of pictures from the next version of The Dawn of the Tiberium Age.
Today we're officially announcing The Dawn of the Tiberium Age 1.13. It will be a massive multiplayer-oriented update, including new features for Skirmish and especially CnCNet multiplayer. We're aiming to give you the best classic C&C experience available, no less. Let me list some of DTA 1.13's new multiplayer features:
- Private messaging on CnCNet
- Colored chat on CnCNet
- Improved CnCNet UI both visually and usability-wise
- Lockable games and persistent game lobbies (meaning the game lobby doesn't get disbanded after having a single game unless you wish so)
- Spectator support
- Dynamic map preview; starting locations, teams and colors of all players with pre-placed starting locations are now displayed on the preview
- All windows are now re-sizable, scaling properly from low-resolution netbooks to your shiny new 4K Ultra HD monitor
- Map previews are now much larger and sharper
- 4 different themes to select from; Tiberian Dawn, Classic Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert Allied and Red Alert Soviet themes.
That's just the technical part. For gameplay features, we have 81 varied multiplayer maps, 4 different and diverse factions to pick from, and a huge array of multiplayer options that outnumbers every official C&C game and most mods ever made:
- Short Game
- Immune Harvesters
- Re-Deployable MCV
- Destroyable Low Bridges
- Infinite Tiberium / Ore
- Replace Tiberium With Ore
- Harvesters Unload Instantly
- Stormy Weather
- Extreme AI
- Turtling AI
- Build Off Ally
- Start Without Shroud
- Shroud Regrows
- No Infantry Crushing
- Disable Visceroids
- Disable Super Weapons
- Disable Unit Queuing
For precise descriptions of these game options, please check some of the images on our images section.
We will also be introducing new game modes in DTA 1.13, the most important one being Co-Op Missions. These are singleplayer-style pre-scripted missions, but created for multiple players; just imagine what DTA's current singleplayer missions would be like if you could play them with your friends. If you want to play these Co-Op Missions alone, you can have an AI team mate on some missions, but on other missions it's not going to be much of help. So, we recommend that once DTA 1.13 is out, you grab some friends (or seek for friends on the CnCNet Lobby) and play these missions with real intelligence on your side. Dying together with your friends is always more fun than dying alone, isn't it?
We also have some additional game modes in the works, but you will hear more about them later.
Other than improved CnCNet multiplayer, new game options and game modes, The Dawn of the Tiberium Age 1.13 will also come with some new and improved maps as usual. There's also a large amount of balance changes incoming; to make our multiplayer experience as awesome as possible, we've been playing dozens and dozens of online games with the staff, including both co-op and player-against-player matches. Based on those games, we've done a lot of fine-tuning to the balance of our 4 different sides, and I can say that we're now really satisfied with it.
DTA 1.13 will be released soon. We don't have a habit of giving out exact release dates, but we can say that it'll certainly be within this year, so within the next two months. Until then, stay tuned as we'll be giving our more updates in the meanwhile! On November 4th DTA will turn 7 years old, and we're still going strong!
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