This is our second Kickstarter feature this time focusing on the multiplayer and antagonist faction the AFA. This post is a concept art and story post due to the AFA being one of the elements still being designed for Zone: Commando, but we have never shown off any artwork or properly gone into depth about who they are and what they look like. You may have seen our teaser image for them some time ago (seen below) but now we are here to show off 4 of the 6 AFA characters.
The AFA are the earliest splinter of the UEGA in the Arcasion system and are aptly named the Arcasion Free Army and have an overall aim to control and free the system from the Earth's government. The AFA have access to major backing from rebel planets and unknown benefactors and also have access to older UEGA technology and ships including prototypes kept on the planet Syero a off-limits former UEGA research planet in the Arcasion system and now under AFA control. This allows the AFA to have various armaments and classes similar to UEGA Tactical Forces and also UEGA Special Forces ranging from Close Quarters to Rangers and Assault to Heavy classes.
The AFA have access to THUNDER armour, the project created previous to PHOENIX armour project, giving all their troops basic armour and shielding and also some of the same technology found in UEGA PHOENIX MK I armour such as HUD information and TLT (Tactical Link Technology). This puts the AFA behind the UEGA in terms of core technology but they have been working on there own adaptations to the armour and technology which the UEGA are only just starting to find out about.
The commanders are a big part of Zone: Commando and the AFA commander is no exception with his unique presence and visual style that defines the AFA but also shows his rank above others. The AFA Commanders use more advance technology and use a more classical visual style with less physical armour and more decorative styling but without compromising on functionality or protection. AFA Commanders have much stronger shielding than their counterparts of any class or rank, and are normally found with various weapons based upon what division they were promoted from.
Commanders aren't the highest rank the AFA have but they are the highest rank we are showing off to date, this is because commanders are the closest equivalent to UEGA Commandos in terms of skills abilities and strength.
The AFA are the multiplayer opponents of the UEGA and there will be an initial 6 AFA characters to play as, for multiplayer balancing all AFA characters have the same stats as the UEGA characters to make balancing fair and to not make one faction more preferable. The AFA in multiplayer also use the same weapons as the UEGA and classes are identical (also for balancing reasons) meaning whichever faction you end up as you can have your loadout and skillset ready.
This was a shorter update than our last Kickstarter update and we hope you likes seeing the first AFA characters. TGI Friday is next and that that for this week of news.