|Mental Omega News Bulletin #27 (4/02/2017)|
So, in case you missed the big news, Mental Omega 3.3 has been released over a month ago.
What's also important is that the new release makes use of Rampastring's client, originally created for Dawn of the Tiberium Age mod, which allows us to do some interesting things. The most important thing this client has given to Mental Omega, is the possibility to use version 5 of CnCNet for multiplayer services. Since the release, there've been many players on our server with the amount of players peaking at around 150 at times. According to Rampastring, there've been 44 000 unique users of the client in a month since the release, which I think is nice for a mod.
The new Mental Omega version arrived with an updated soundtrack, to keep the tradition of giving each of the factions a unique one. The soundtrack for the Foehn Revolt is an album called "Mindshell" created by World Beyond, which is available for download on his Bandcamp page in best quality. You can also listen to it on his YouTube channel.
Now would be a good time to discuss what's ahead.
Posted on February 4, 2017 by Speeder - Comments: 9
|Mental Omega News Bulletin #26 (27/08/2016)|
So what are we doing these days? We are mostly testing. I know this is taking time but there's only a few of us and we're making the mod in our free time. If we were Westwood in their prime, we'd do this all in half a year probably but we're not. We're just modders.
As I have tweeted quite recently, we've finished creating and voicing the units for the Foehn Revolt and there will be about 50 of them in its first release. After that, if we get some good ideas for new ones we will expand their tech tree accordingly. The only thing that will not expand is the stolen tech roster once it hits 16 units. And speaking of stolen tech..
The Quickshifter is the new chronoshifting tank which uses a missile barrage similar to that of the Aegis Cruiser. Compared to the Chrono Legio nnaire, Quickshifter deals standard damage which is something that might make it even more dangerous than the trooper. Additionally, it can target aircraft and transport a single passenger, effectively making it a chrono transport.
The Salamander is essentially the next generation Basilisk which was possible to be built thanks to some of Foehn's advanced technology. When an Epsilon Proselyte manages to infiltrate a Foehn Cloud Piercer with the use of his Infiltrators, he receives access to their confusion ray technology, which Epsilon technicians combine with many, many A.R.O. launchers. This forms an aircraft with incredible firepower and a way to prevent enemy forces from even firing back.
The Draco is a very unique tank which acts as a basic combat vehicle for the Wings of Coronia subfaction of Foehn. While its basic speed and durability are nothing spectacular, Draco Tank has two special characteristics that make it very effective in battle. First of all, it is equipped with devices similar to those of a Jackal Racer or Sweeper which make it receive high speed boosts whenever they are nearby a Spinblade. Once a Draco has been boosted, it can outrun even the Mantis Tank of the Scorpion Cell, which is said to be one of the fastest main battle tanks in the world.
Do not underestimate this little aircraft judging it by its size - Haihead's Diverbee is an extremely dangerous thing to see on the battlefield on the enemy side. Just like all the other aircraft of Foehn, the Diverbee makes the best of their wind control technology and never has to land on an airstrip. Once it catches on with your ground units, it will launch itself at them from a short distance and violently explode causing lots of damage to all types of armor and infantry as well.
Last but not least today comes the Minermite which is Foehn's harvester of choice. Tiny, is the word that describers this miner best: it's small, it's cheap, as it costs only $700 and makes the price of the Foehn Ore Refinery go down to $1300, and as expected, it has small storage for the harvested ore, half of what the Allied Chrono Miner has. However, it is able to achieve high speeds and get additional speed boosts with the use of Spinblade, in a similar fashion the Draco Tank does.
It's a capturable nuclear power plant! What else is there to say? It provides less power than the Soviet Nuclear Reactor, as it's only 1000 units but it also explodes less violently. Considering that being on full power is even more important in the next version, capturing one of these early game might help you perform a quick tech rush. Remember that if you are on low power in the next version, your production speed will fall by 50%.
This is the updated Tech Missile Silo that grants you access to a powerful Missile Strike.
This is the first in a series of tech buildings which provide the units or defenses you build with initial veterancy thanks to Ares DLL academy logic. Tech Academy gives initial veterancy to your infantry.
Tech Heavy Machinery gives initial veterancy to your ground vehicles.
Tech Aeronautics gives initial veterancy to all of your aircraft, this includes jets, helicopters, blimps, flying saucers, Rocketeers, Hornets on Aircraft Carriers, all of those things.
In Mental Omega defensive structures will also become stronger as they kill more units. We don't refer to this as 'veterancy' but simply 'upgrades' instead. With a captured Tech Defense Bureau all the defenses you build will appear with an initial upgrade.
Heavy Machinery doesn't give you veteran ships and neither does infiltration of an enemy factory with a spy. Capturing the Tech Military Docks however do. Note that this building is not placed on water, it is placed very close to it and that's what I recommend for mappers to do in the future.
If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on August 27, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 20
|Mental Omega News Bulletin #25 (25/07/2016)|
This is mostly a quick heads up about all the recent more or less stealth updates on MentalOmega.com.
Posted on July 25, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 6
|Mental Omega News Bulletin #24 (2/06/2016)|
|This time we're keeping it short and sweet while we finish up details on the vanilla sides and almost approach the end of designing first batch of Foehn features.|
I've recorded several videos recently, one promo which features all of Mental Omega Superweapons and three AI-only skirmish matches which involved all of the vanilla sides' subfactions in Mental Omega. Thanks to recent developments it is possible for me to become an observer of an AI-only game and with proper Mental AI Boosts an absolute mayhem has taken place. AI-only skirmishes are completely different than human ones, they're highly explosive and full of units and constant action, at least as soon as the War Factories are placed.
There are some new features, changes and details we haven't shown before in these videos. What needs to be addressed first, is that the economy booster buildings in Mental Omega (Ore Purifier, Industrial Plant and Cloning Vats) all function as a single Oil Derrick, which is a thing that was introduced back in the 2013 release. The only difference now is that thanks to Ares DLL the money those buildings provide is visually presented in the form of small animation. Foehn's economy booster building will have its unique function but also act as a single Oil Derrick as well.
Side-specific updates include the following:
THE ALLIED NATIONS
And here's the aforementioned Superweapons video, which includes Foehn's Blasticade and the Great Tempest. Nanofiber Sync and Harbinger are not superweapons, but they're shown here as well.
If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to email@example.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists, 3D & SHP Artists, Mission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
Posted on June 2, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 27
|Mental Omega News Bulletin #23 (27/04/2016)|
First of all, I post more smaller Mental Omega updates frequently on Twitter so follow me if you're interested in that. Now, turn up that Chaotic Impulse by Black Ice 9 and begin reading the new Mental Omega News Bulletin. It's gonna be a long ride.
We'll now focus on the Foehn Infantry, which is trained at their Barracks.
The Foehn Barracks is one of the most recognizable buildings you'll see in a classic Command & Conquer faction tree: it allows you to train infantry. There is a little twist to these however, as they are larger and more expensive. Advanced technology is required to create the weapons and power suits Foehn troops need in this building, the major part of which is already hidden underground. These Barracks can train and equip powerful solders, which outclass the other basic troops in one-on-one combat. However, the Foehn Revolt is limited in numbers. Their vehicles and troops are expensive to get and it is noticeable from the very start of a battle. There will be no large armies - only specialized strike forces and important decisions to make on how to manage them.
The Knightframe is Foehn's basic anti-infantry.. infantry. The large exoskeleton which these troops are equipped with enhances performance and survivability in battle and also helps carry the large next-gen machine gun which can not only mow down enemy soldiers and light vehicles, but target flying objects as well. The Knightframe is both the basic anti-infantry soldier as well as the anti-aircraft weapon of the Foehn Revolt. The size of the exoskeleton makes it impossible for normal-sized tanks to crush him.
The Lancers are soldiers who decided to go one step further than Knightframes and become one with the machine to further enhance their combat abilities. These soldiers use cybernetically augmented legs to outrun most of the troopers on the battlefield and keep up with vehicles, which are their primary targets. The Lancers' short range sonic weapons combined with their high durability results in a force to be reckoned with or even outright avoided when anti-infantry weapons are scarce. The sonic projectile will pierce through multiple targets and even rebound from the physical objects to deal additional damage to nearby units before it disperses. A Lancer's body cannot be crushed by ordinary units, which means that taking them head-on might be a mistake. Whatever is left of the Proselytes, the few still in power remember to keep their tanks at a distance when a Lancer team closes in.
The Huntress is the most important member of every solid Foehn infantry strike force. The reason for that is her weapon: her gun is a small high-tech nanoids container, which upon the Huntress' command is opened and the nanoids inside are released towards the target. The nanoids have a very specific mission: to devour any infantry in their way and keep whatever materials could be reused for Foehn's purpose.
The Clairvoyant is the Foehn's infiltration unit. It does not disguise, however it is much cheaper than an ordinary spy and has the ability to traverse through water. With the use of Spinblades its speed can be vastly boosted, which is useful especially during the infiltration attempts. The low price changes the way Foehn acquires enemy tech. Waves of drones are used to swarm important enemy buildings. Due to its mechanical construction, Dogs and Spooks are unable to deal damage to it.
Once a Nanofiber Loom is placed on the battlefield it will begin preparing the Nanofiber Sync support power, which can transform Foehn infantry and give them new abilities. With the infusion of nanofibers from the Loom, weapons and even entire powersuits of Foehn troops will be heavily modified, providing the commanders with additional strategic choices during the battle.
Once a Knightframe armor is infused with the additional nanofibers it becomes the Kingsframe. While no longer able to target aircraft or garrison buildings due to the sheer size, the Kingsframe obtains an imploder cannon which deals great damage to enemy structure and infantry in a small radius. Enough Kingsframes will level any base quickly and with little resistance. The nanofibers make the exoskeleton even more durable, making it immune to crushing by any object, including the omnicrushers.
The Lancer's weakness is its short range, but its advantages include high speed and decent effectiveness against enemy structures in the early game. However, to counter the longer range anti-infantry units a personal plasma railgun has been designed, similar to the ones used by the Mastodon but with a significant firepower decrease to reduce the time required to charge the weapon. After using the Nanofiber Sync on Lancers, a Railguneer is created. This soldier trades speed for the heavier railgun with a long range and an additional armor around its cybernetic body. In a similar fashion to the Kingsframe, this power suit becomes immune to omnicrush and can no longer garrison structures.
While the Irritator is not available to all Foehn subfactions, the weapon casually referred to by their soldiers as the "confusion ray" can be accessed by each one of them through the use of Nanofiber Sync on the Huntress. The Deviatress' sole purpose is to bring enemy forces into disarray with the use of her long range device. Her emitter does not have a spread similar to the Irritator, she can only target one object at a time but compensates for it with an accuracy so good she's able to affect flying units. With an altered purpose, the Deviatress is not able to hijack enemy units.
Sacrificing its infiltration and amphibious capabilities and the ability to increase its speed with the Windspin, the Clairvoyant turns into the Duplicant - a killer device which stalks its prey and devours it whole at the most unexpected moment. The artificial intelligence inside a Clairvoyant is completely repurposed after the Nanofiber Sync to control nanoids in its body in a similar way the Huntress controls hers to disintegrate the enemy infantry. However, instead of reusing the acquired materials to heal and repair the damaged troops, the Duplicant will try to use all of them to create additional copies of itself. The process takes a short while, enough for enemy soldiers to try and fall back if any of them fall victim to the Duplicant's "devouring" process.
This news post does not reveal all of Foehn's infantry of course. There is still Tier 3 and heroes to come.
We've recently finished the Cooperative Playthrough, which means we can entirely focus on new content from now on. There's been a major update to the Soviet Co-Op mission Ego Ergo Hax with Yunru. Here's what it looks like now.
Posted on April 20, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 36
|Mental Omega News Bulletin #22 (17/03/2016)|
Silent but not inactive, we've been working on new features for the mod and have begun integration with the current version of CnCNet. More news on that later though, as today we'll dive into the latest additions to the arsenal in Mental Omega, including new Foehn equipment. I post more frequently on Twitter so follow me if you want to stay posted.
You might already know World Beyond if you searched for the full version of the music we used in the Side 4 Reveal Trailer, The Remnant. Vladimir Kuznetsov returns with yet another great piece of soundtrack, a tribute to the Command & Conquer: Red Alert series - The Last Line of Defence. This song will also appear as a part of Mental Omega's Foehn Soundtrack, who, just like the three original sides of the conflict, have their unique soundtracks in our mod. More songs will be revealed in time. Give other World Beyond tracks a listen in the meantime.
New stolen technology units. We have them.
Previously mentioned, but not presented, the Chrono Prison allows the Allies to combine their chrono technology with Yuri's mind control in order to create a vehicle which can capture and chronoshift enemy units at great ranges. If the unit is immune to the tricks of mind control, it'll simply be trapped inside the vehicle.
To Foehn, the Mirage is one of the technologies lost in the chaos that unfolded during the Battle for Antarctica. Upon finding an Allied Tech Center, chances are that the Clairvoyants will be able to recover this technology. Once that happens, the Phantasm MLRS can be built, a vehicle that fires a volley of powerful projectiles at enemy vehicles and aircraft alike. The Phantasm's other advantage over the Mirage Tank is that it can fire on the move thanks to its rotating turret.
It should be noted first that with the introduction of this unit the role of Hummingbird has slightly changed. The high-tech jet available after constructing a Warpshop will now use its time manipulation devices to decrease the firepower and speed of enemy units in an area by 50% for a moderate while with a single instant strike. The Hummingbird is now also without a doubt the fastest aircraft to rely on air pads in the game.
The Dybbuk-Evolver is the third type of the Dybbuk series in Yuri's Epsilon arsenal (the first being Gehenna's Interceptor and the other Attacker available from the Epsilon Aerodome). It is available to the Proselytes after both the Aerodome and a Cloning Vats has been constructed. The Evolver carries a payload with an experimental substance which will rapidly mutate dying soldiers into loyal Brutes, similar to Rahn's weapon, although at a smaller rate. The gas will also deal decent damage to vehicles and buildings alike, but its primary function is to eliminate large groups of enemy infantry. The Evolver is a bomber; it will not be able to out-range enemy anti-aircraft weapons so extreme caution is advised when relocating the unit, especially considering its high price and late game availability.
Due to the lack of an artillery unit that can be mass produced, the Chinese get an additional fist to punch enemy defenses with - the Armadillo. This unit is a bigger and tougher version of the iconic Borillo, with literally double the firepower and additional space inside vehicle for more troops to suddenly deploy at the enemy gates.
Foehn's power plant is not an ordinary one. First of all, it is the smallest energy generator and also pulls double duty as the side's wall. When two Windbelt posts are placed in a line, they are connected with nanofiber cords that enhance their cooperation during energy production. Windbelt is a wind-based power plant that generates 100 units on its own, while each 'length' of its cord allows for a bonus 10 units, meaning that the longer the Windbelt connection, the more power is generated. The barrier created by two Windbelt posts can only be shut down with EMP/hacking weapons and will not go down if a Foehn base is low on power.
The Alanqa Skystation is the flying guardian of the Coronia. It is for the most part their dedicated Tier 3 anti-aircraft unit, using high power turbines to manipulate the flow of air nearby. With four of its specially designed generators it can take down enemy aircraft and even the levitating units of Epsilon in a matter of seconds. The Alanqa is not defenseless against ground targets either, this machine can use its engines to create powerful tornadoes which will sweep enemy infantry away with ease and deal solid damage to vehicles. While a single Alanqa is not very effective versus heavily armored military buildings, an entire division of them might be enough to demolish whole bases. However, taking on enemy anti-aircraft units might be a challenge due to the Skystations fragile turbines and light armor.
"The Harbinger's legend began during the days when it was just a project in the research facilities of Kanegawa Industries. Before the Chinese attacked, research on particle collision-based weaponry was well underway and the weapon itself was supposed to give the Pacific Front the ultimate advantage over their enemies and perhaps even the ace up their sleeve during the Allied leadership negotiations. After most KI facilities fell into Chinese hands so did the project and laboratories where the tech was being developed. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the weapon wasn't finished by the Chinese either."
The Warturtle is Foehn's amphibious transport. It has 12 passenger slots which can be used by units and soldiers of various size. The Warturtle's special ability is that it also can make use of Spinblades to increase its speed, making it the fastest amphibious transport in the game. Its normal speed is comparable with the Voyager's and Zubr's.
During a "designer's block", Alstar and I kept testing Act One Cooperative missions, recorded them and uploaded them to our YouTube channel as always. After we complete and confirm that all of the missions are still working, I'll be returning to work on fixing and finishing Act Two. I'll also upload some footage, maybe even a complete playthrough of 13th missions.
Big thanks to the many people making this project's further evolution a possibility!
Stay tuned for more updates.
If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on March 16, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 7