Another week has passed and thus another update.
NEW UNIT: PHC Athena
The new PHC Athena will be going out shortly. This won’t be DLC but rather an update to the base game.
The PHC Athena was designed by Haalee, one of the architects of the PHC. To build it, she created a new entity called Athena to specialize in militarized constructs.
As some of you know, the PHC did not originally have armed constructs. They were a necessity because of claim jumpers – Post-Humans who would take a planet that had been assigned to someone else.
The Athena AI was decommissioned by Haalee at the demand of members of the PHC council who opposed the idea of an AI (such as Haalee) creating additional AIs and the design shelved.
Strengths and weaknesses
At the start of the war with the Substrate, the PHC lacked any direct counter to the Substrate Mauler or the Substrate Drone Hive. It is important to understand that the Substrate designed its units knowing who its enemy was and thus started the way with a significant advantage.
The Athena is the first new PHC unit to be produced since the start of the Ascension Wars. It is very strong against Cruisers though relatively (very) weak against smaller units due to the relatively slow firing nature of its weapons array.
The Athena should be released later this Spring.
Next week we’ll be discussing the Substrate’s answer to the Artemis.
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We expect to release a balance update. The main changes are that the Drone Hive will cost more metal and have reduced vision (it won’t be able to see far enough to target Archers generally) along with the Call Avatar cost increased from 35 to 50. The Mauler has also gotten its cost increased somewhat.
Multiplayer: Season 1 standings
- DanailLazov (Substrate)
- DasUnding (PHC)
- Ailes (Substrate)
- LoveIsAll (Substrate)
- Shutdown (Substrate)
The Substrate dominance of Season 1 along with our own simulations is why we’ve been making the balance changes to Substrate these last couple of updates.
Once observer mode is in, we plan to hold a tournament at the end of the season to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. With prizes for the top 3.
At the end of the season, the maps in from Season 1 will be made into a DLC available and given to everyone who has the game at that point and made as inexpensive DLC for everyone else.
Season 2 maps will be a substantially different style than Season 1.
Single Player: Deluxe Campaign
Today the voice overs for the updated campaign are being recorded. We have some new characters who will be in this campaign to handle the 3 new cut scenes going in that will help flesh out the story further. Moreover, the dialog part of the game no longer takes input focus. The Deluxe campaign will be a free update to the base game. Once the Deluxe campaign is done, we’ll be moving to Episode 2 which we expect to release mid Summer.
More to come soon! Stay tuned