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Dawn of Tiberium Age v9.7 has been released!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2022 5:13 pm    Post subject:  Dawn of Tiberium Age v9.7 has been released!
Subject description: Allied Machine Gunner is here to shred the older versions of the mod!
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Hello everyone! Dawn of Tiberium Age v9.7 is the most recent release of Dawn of the Tiberium Age's team. For those who are not familiar with it, Dawn of the Tiberium Age is a stand-alone mod for Tiberian Sun that combines Tiberian Dawn (Command & Conquer 95) and Red Alert featuring a classic mode and an enhanced mode. Here are the changes and the fun stuff from Dawn of Tiberium Age v9.7:

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We just released DTA version 9.7, with a bunch of new maps, gameplay improvements, and also new units! In this news post, we'll discuss the most important changes and expand on our motivations behind them.




GDI Grenade Launcher






Allied Machine Gunner




First, there's the new tech center tier advanced infantry. Nod already had the reworked Chem Warrior, while Soviets had the powerful radar-tier Flamethrower and the Shock Trooper, so GDI and Allies were missing out on this front. But not anymore.

For GDI, we settled on something that could mix into their general faction design of having a balance of speed and power. These Grenade Launchers deal a lot of damage to all targets and can keep up with Medium Tanks and Rocket Launchers, increasing the damage output of mobile GDI divisions. If used on their own, they can kite slower targets like Nod Light tanks or Soviet Heavy tanks with hit-and-run tactics thanks to their range and fast speed. They have relatively fragile armor for their cost and explode on death (relatively less violently than regular grenadiers or flamethrower infantry, but it still hurts a bit), which means using them as fire-support for Mammoth Tanks that can take the hurt for them is not a bad idea either.

The Allies get the Machine Gunner, which fearsomely shreds all lightly-armored targets and also significantly damages tanks. With their heavy armor, they are very hard to take down, and they synergize incredibly well with Medics that further strengthen their survivability. The downside to all this power and strength is their relatively high cost and very slow speed, due to which it's a good idea to transport them with APCs or train them directly on the front-line from a deployed Enforcer.




Allied Medium Tank






Sometimes, adding new units warrants changes to existing ones. The Allied Radar tier (T2) felt a bit shallow for us, as getting the Radar mainly gave access to the Artillery. It was common to just "skip" that tier and quickly rush to Tech Center (T3), which gave access to all the really good stuff. We previously couldn't change this because our Tech Center tier also gave access to only a few units, but now with the Machine Gunner at T3, we were able to demote the Allied Medium tank to T2. The main point that warranted the high tech requirement was its very low price of 725 (for identical stats to the T1 GDI Medium tank at 800), which we now increased to 750 to keep it balanced in the T2 mid-game.




Soviet Behemoth Tank






We've had mixed feelings towards the Behemoth for a while now. It used to be too powerful and was always quickly rushed out by people who remained Soviet, which wasn't very exciting. Then we nerfed it, and it felt too weak afterward. But simply making it more effective again would've brought the old tech-rushing issue back. As a solution, we improved it to turn and accelerate faster, so it's less clunky to use but also gated it behind the Service Depot, so it now requires both the Soviet Tech Center and the Service Depot to be built. This makes tech-rushing towards it too expensive and forces it to stay out from the early- and mid-game, giving us room to balance it properly for the late game. We likely aren't done with the Behemoth yet and will improve its position in the game further in future updates.




Chrono Vortex






You might remember that we recently re-balanced our Nuke, making it deal more damage to small structures to widen its valid usage options. Now we've given similar treatment to the Chrono Vortex: utilizing our custom damage logic I wrote for our build of the "Vinifera" TS engine extension, the Chrono Vortex now deals more consistent damage and more damage to small objects. We also increased its damage and duration to make further it more powerful but added a slight delay to its damage, so if you spot it in time, you're able to move your units away without suffering major casualties. This makes the Chrono Vortex more of an area-denial weapon as we originally intended; you can tactically use it to prevent an enemy from retreating or place it between the enemy's frontline and backline to deny fire support from their front-line units.









About the Nuke, feedback from our player base on the re-balance revealed that it had become a bit too powerful, specifically against units, as a hit on a unit group simply decimated the whole army. To fix this, we reduced its damage against units by 40%. It keeps the same anti-building damage, though, so that pesky bunch of Allied turrets still gets eradicated. And while 40% sounds like a huge change, it still hurts units significantly enough that landing a hit on the enemy army gives you a huge advantage in combat.



As usual, we also have a bunch of new maps created by community mappers inspired by our new DTA Scenario Editor!




[2] Keep of the Grass, Chronoseth's remake of the similarly named map from Red Alert 1.








[2] Ore Conflict by MehdiEpic600






[6] Tour of Egypt by DotWorstNoob. Technically included in the last patch already, but added here because it wasn't covered in a news post yet.






And finally, Chronoseth's epic recreation of [8] Super Bridgehead Redux from Tiberian Sun.







As the last thing, the Tiberian Sun community is holding a celebration for the game's 23rd anniversary. Each participating project gets its own dedicated day, and ours is on Sunday, the 28th.

We'll start the day with a cozy mapping stream using our new editor and then progress to talk about some changes in this patch and reveal some of our future plans. We'll also take questions from the public and answer them while mapping and streaming (so the mapping session and showcase are also Q&A sessions), and finally, after that we'll have a public multiplayer game night! Come join us to smash some AIs or other human players! While the games start at 1 PM UTC+0, last year they continued for several hours, so you can likely join in later even if you couldn't make it yet in the first hours of the game night.









All of this celebration will be held on our Discord server, so come join it if you haven't already!

We hope you have fun with this new patch and hope to see you on the battlefield next Sunday!





For further information about Dawn of the Tiberium Age, visit the Forums at PPM. Dawn of the Tiberium Age is downloadable at This Address. That's all, folks! Stay tuned at PPM for more news coverage on Dawn of the Tiberium Age!

Key Words: #News #Release #TiberianSun #Firestorm #DawnOfTheTiberiumAge 

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