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Mental Omega News Bulletin #28 (14/07/2017)

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The time has come to roll out the newest patch for Mental Omegaupdate 3.3.2, which includes Ares 0.Dp1. Once again AlexB delivers a wide selection of improvements to Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge game engine, which allows us to focus on new features and important gameplay tweaks that further enhance our mod. Furthermore, more fixes and tweaks to the Client created by Rampastring have been done in recent weeks, the most important one being changes to which files are compared between players on CnCNet. Just like the last time, you can either use the Mental Omega Client to perform the update or download the files manually and extract them in your Mental Omega folder.
 
It's also worth mentioning that our website supports two other languages, with language packs for the mod soon to follow: Chinese and Russian.
 
 

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The 3.3.2 update comes with 13 new singleplayer and cooperative missions, further continuing and expanding the story of Mental Omega.
  • Allied Act Two Mission Paranoia
  • Allied Act Two Mission Relentless
  • Soviet Act Two Mission Power Hunger
  • Soviet Act Two Mission Thread of Dread
  • Epsilon Act Two Mission Obsidian Sands
  • Allied Co-Op Mission Hypothermia
  • Soviet Co-Op Mission Ravages of War
  • Soviet Co-Op Mission Combustion
  • Soviet Co-Op Mission Cyberanatomy
  • Epsilon Co-Op Mission The Cardinal
  • Epsilon Co-Op Mission Mind Over Matter
  • Epsilon Co-Op Mission Neuromancers
  • Epsilon Co-Op Mission Backbitten
The 3.3.2 update also (finally) adds full mission briefings to many of the Act Two missions that are currently available.
 
In addition to the new story-based maps, 4 new Challenge maps have been added, each with its own unique trait.
  • Contagion Challenge against the Scorpion Cell
  • Madness Challenge against the Haihead
  • Revolution Challenge against all 3 Soviet subfactions
  • Heavyobject Challenge against the defensive subfactions
Last, but not least, several new skirmish/multiplayer maps have been added. They are as follows:
  • '(2) Hamlet Mirror', '(2) Hanamura', '(2) Spratly Island', '(4) Dragon Harbour', '(4) Hail Mary's Revenge', '(4) Transistor', '(4) Warhead Junction', '(4) Winterspring Redux', '(6) Gryphon Paradise', '(8) Central Quad'
Additionally, a lot of these new maps include a new tech building: Tech Reinforcement Pad, placed usually somewhere near the center. Capture it to get free unit drops.
 

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Now let's talk some of the most important gameplay changes, balance tweaks and bugfixes in this patch.
  • Soviet mission 'Noise Severe' has been moved, along with 'Archetype', to a new section in the mission selection screen called Covert Operations. Any additional missions that are not part of the main story in Act One and Act Two will appear there from now on. Since 'Noise Severe' does not affect the main story in a major way, I've decided to move it and make room for one more Soviet mission between 'Earthrise' and 'Death's Hand', which will be called 'Fatal Impact'.
  • Stolen tech units now require infiltration of both the advanced technology building (Tech Center, Soviet Lab, Pandora Hub, Cloud Piercer) and the respective side's ConYard.
  • The mod should now properly default to English to prevent launch errors if Mental Omega files were extracted to a directory with the version of the game in a different language.
  • Superweapons toggle is no longer permamently set to 'yes' in Challenge mode, except for the 'Superweapons Challenge'.
  • Mental AI Boost makes the AI even more difficult now.
  • The CnCNet message that says 'Modified files detected! This person could be cheating!' should be more reliable now, so if you get one in 3.3.2, there's most likely something wrong with someone's Mental Omega setup and they could in fact be cheating with modified files.
  • Thanks to Ares updates, units can no longer be used to block War Factory or Refinery entrances with the use of ALT key.
  • Foehn MCV prerequisite has been changed from Nanofiber Loom to the Cloud Piercer.
  • Haihead AI will now properly use the M.A.D.M.A.N. against you.
  • EMP Mines, M.A.D. Mines and Genomines are no longer instantly active after their placement, they require a few seconds to become armed.
You can see the complete list of new additions, changes and bugfixes under the following link:
 

Patch 3.3.2 Changelog

 
Here are the preview pictures of new and updated objects in the game:
 

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Tech Reinforcement Pad by Nooze

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Allied Paladin Tank Destroyer (mission unit) by ONEX

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Allied Super Thor (mission unit) by Azri_Apoc & ONEX

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United States Riot Trooper by Trans_C

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Yuri's Statue (mission structure) by Donut_Arnold

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Scorpion Cell Malver by Trans_C


 
:thumbsuphappy: Send us all the feedback regarding the new update at the usual places.
 

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The developer playthrough of Mental Omega campaign continues on our YouTube channel. One of the new missions added to the mod in this update is a remake of a classic Mental Omega 2.0 mission, now known as Paranoia, and it's as difficult as ever! Remember, everything in this jungle is out to hunt your heroes down. The other missions will be uploaded to the channel too, eventually.
 


That's all for now, stay tuned for more news! 
 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.com
We always welcome additional Voxel Artists3D & SHP ArtistsMission Scripters and Voice Actors.
Single contributions are also welcome and will speed up the development of the mod.
 

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Posted on July 14, 2017 by Speeder - Comments: 8

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.
 
First of all, I'd like to express my sincere thanks to everyone involved in the development of this new version, most notably: AlexB, the current developer of Ares DLL, Nooze, the designer of majority of the new side's visuals, World Beyond, the artist behind new side's soundtrack, Rampastring, the developer of the new client, Mevitar, ONEX, Azri_Apoc, the designers of majority of new mechanical units, Seoras, De'Lante, for voicing so many units added after 3.0 and also Toveena, Alstar, Lovalmidas,  Cesare, Sandman, Esther, iForce, Martinoz, Ollerus, Nolt for designing maps, missions, various story and gameplay elements and of course lots and lots of testing. For the full list of credits please visit this section of our website. Thank you, you made it possible to take this project this far!
 
The new release adds an entirely new faction - the Foehn Revolt - to the previously heavily modified vanilla sides from Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Yuri's Revenge, which were already divided into 3 subfactions each, the new one being no exception. Haihead, Wings of Coronia and the Last Bastion are the subfactions of Foehn and each comes with its unique units, buildings, support powers and heroes. There are also new additions for the Allies, the Soviets and Yuri's Epsilon, as well as new missions, skirmish maps and game modes.

 

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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.

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Now would be a good time to discuss what's ahead.

We are aware there is a group of players who can't start missions at all, this is one of the fixes that will be included in 3.3.1 in a form of an Ares DLL update. Initial 3.3 release did not contain all of Act Two missions, so there's more of those to come for sure. We have several missions more already finished, but they require additional polish and internal tests before they are included in one of the Mental Omega updates. Speaking of those, we've been following your feedback and comments in all places possible and so here's a proposed changelog for the first mod update, for which there is no date just yet. Keep in mind this is not final, discuss it here.

 

Patch 3.3.1 Changelog

 
One thing we want to expand for sure and already in patch 3.3.1 is the Challenges mode. These are quite fast and fun to make and it seems like many people are trying their best not to lose those battles. These challenge maps are made with an uncontrolled difficulty mindset, meaning that don't expect a balanced fight getting into those. Remember that you can adjust the difficulty and handicap of challenge maps using standard skirmish settings, and like with everything else, there's three difficulty options and the additional Mental AI toggle, which replaced the Meteor Shower mode in 3.3.
  

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New additions to the arsenals of Mental Omega factions are a possibility but not a priority right now, but if you have suggestions in regards to what you'd like to see next in the mod, let us know.
 
That's all for now, stay tuned for more announcements! 

 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.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.
 

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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.
 
We're testing the client created by Rampastring of the Dawn of the Tiberium Age fame who's been so kind as to help us get the next version of Mental Omega, which has now been labeled 3.3, to work with CnCNet5 and make use of other various advantages that this client provides. If you're not familiar with DTA, you should check this video to see what it's all about. We're also testing new and old missions, skirmish for bugs and crashes and of course doing some balancing since an entirely new side is now involved.
 
Speaking of the 4th side, the Foehn Revolt, I've prepared this short video which reveals the recent additions to the unit roster of Mental Omega in more detail. 
 


Mental Omega 3.3 - New Units Showcase #1


The music for this preview has kindly been provided to us by World Beyond whose music will comprise the soundtrack of the Foehn Revolt. Go and check his entire catalogue, it's great.
 

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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..

 

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The new stolen technology roster: 8 units to go.

 
Two additional stolen tech units have been revealed: the Allied Quickshifter and the Epsilon Salamander. The Quickshifter becomes available after the Allies have constructed their War Factory, their technology buildings and also infiltrated an enemy Allied Tech Center. There are traitors on the battlefield after all, right? People have been asking 'how do the Allies get more tech from the Allies', I wouldn't know, but hey, we all know how stolen tech works in this game. It's always a fun way to acquire some special units during a skirmish.
 

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Allied Quickshifter by ONE X


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.
 
Thanks to Ares DLL though, this passenger is unable to leave as long as the Quickshifter is still warping in. The ridiculous oversight of chrono transports in mods that didn't rely on Ares was that a passenger could leave the chrono transport as soon as it appeared on the target cell, so imagine what was happening when that was combined with a Navy SEAL and his C4. The Quickshifter does not have this issue.
 

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Epsilon Salamander by Azri_Apoc


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 Salamander can target both ground and air units alike and has two types of confusion rays. The first one will be fired at range, with reach similar to its A.R.O. launchers. The second one will be activated below the aircraft, making all enemy units in an area below target each other instead of the Salamander or any other unit that belongs to you. Salamander is slow and its armor is not that great, however it'll be quite tricky to even damage this unit considering its eclectic weapon combination and quite a large range.
 
But enough about the stolen tech units, let's take a closer look at the new units of the Foehn Revolt.
 

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Coronian Draco Tank by ONE X


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.
 
The other special feature of the Draco is the ability to detach its turret upon destruction and allow it to act as an autonomous aircraft unit. The turret is in fact a small drone which, while it won't be able to withstand too much anti-aircraft fire, might still give the Foehn Commanders the necessary edge to win an armored battle with the enemy tanks. The presence of Draco on the battlefield alone forces the enemies of the Wings of Coronia to not only rely on their tanks but anti-aircraft vehicles as well.
 

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Haihead Diverbee by ONE X


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.
 
Since Haihead focuses on dealing as much damage to the enemy forces as possible, the Diverbee is no exception. It is a flying bomb capable of destroying the lighter of tanks in just a hit and taking down the heavier ones in a combination of three or four. It is however an expensive unit which requires full technology access on the Haihead's side and can still be shot down with a relatively small amount of anti-aircraft fire.
 

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Foehn Minermite by Mevitar


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.
 
Minermite is also capable of repairing nearby mechanical units just like the Soviet Repair Drone or an IFV/AMC/Tsurugi or Stinger with an Engineer inside. This means that if many Minermites are working in a group, they'll be quick to repair each other if the enemy is trying to destroy these little harvesters. Don't be surprised when it turns out that you'll need to include more units in your early rushes than you expected to take down at least one in a small group of Minermites with.
 
After updating the Factions info pages for the original sides, I've decided to update the Neutral Structures page wth new additions by Nooze as well. These are the following:
 

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Tech Nuclear Plant by Nooze


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%.
 

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Tech Missile Silo by Nooze


This is the updated Tech Missile Silo that grants you access to a powerful Missile Strike.
 

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Tech Academy by Nooze


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.
 

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Tech Heavy Machinery by Nooze


Tech Heavy Machinery gives initial veterancy to your ground vehicles.
 

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Tech Aeronautics by Nooze


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.
 

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Tech Defense Bureau by Nooze


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.
 

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Tech Military Docks by Nooze


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.
After all, Engineers cannot swim in Mental Omega.

And that's it for today. Stay tuned for more updates and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified about new Unit Showcase videos.
 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.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.
 
 

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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.

I have updated the information pages about the Structures, Infantry, Units & Tech Trees of the three original sides. This information now matches the state of the mod that it is currently in and will most likely be released as in the upcoming months. The Allied/Soviet/Epsilon Info pages that open the Factions information will be updated last as they'll contain lore and updated storyline details for each of the subfactions. The Foehn pages will be up shortly before the release so that the surprise is not (entirely) spoiled, and the new Stolen Tech page will appear last. There will also be a new trailer before that happens, in which you'll be able to see the Foehn subfactions in their full glory, including their bases with all their structures.
 
Quite an important update to these pages is the one made on the Tech Tree pages. You can now click on the icons to go directly to the object's/support power's profile.
 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.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.
 

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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.
 


All Yuri's Epsilon subfactions & Confederation on '(4) Eternal Alliance'



All Soviet subfactions & Euro Alliance on '(4) Double Patrol'



All Allied subfactions on '(3) Mystery Town'


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
  • The Allied subfactions receive a unique Tier 3 infantry each. USA gets the Riot Trooper, Euro Alliance gets its Sniper back in skirmish and Pacific Front receives a redesigned Suppressor with new looks by Holy_Master who uses experimental chrono technology to reverse the damage of enemy units.
  • The Allied Cryocopter in action with its abilities to freeze and immobilize moving objects while also heavily decreasing the durability of any object under its influence. This freezing effect is not instant, it requires time to fully take effect and the size of its visual changes depending on the size of the target.
  • The Allied Hummingbird requires an Experimental Warpshop to be built and unlike Cryocopter, its effects are quick and instant. It is the fastest jet in the game and its time warp weapon, which halves both speed and firepower will affect all targets in a selected area, instead of a single object. It does not work against buildings though.
  • The Euro Alliance Coordnode, mentioned before, replaces the old Comet Fence and will increase firepower of defenses nearby by 10%.
  • The Pacific Front gets a new support power called Hunter-Seeker which essentially works like the GDI one in Tiberian Sun. If you construct 5 Robot Ops Control Centers, you can fire 5 Hunter Seekers at once for the same price. It is the maximum amount of H-S drones that you can release.
  • The Black Widow support power, available from the Tech Center, will release an unmanned stealth aircraft which will send jamming signals that decrease the effectiveness of enemy defenses and disrupts the signal of anti-aircraft defenses, making your aircraft nearby resist more damage, as shown by the small green circles around them. With a very strong armor, the Black Widow will also be able to tank in plenty of anti-aircraft fire before it is redirected at your other aircraft.
  • The Robot Tank will now use lasers against its targets, making it an early anti-infantry weapon on par with Terror Drones and Stingers.
  • New design for the Pacific Front's basic tank Kappa. Its strength & speed stats have been "swapped", it is now lighter but just as fast as the Robot Tanks and Tsurugis.
  • The redesigned USA Basswave becomes a Red Alert 3-styled Athena Cannon which connects to the Mercury Satellite to coordinate powerful orbital laser strikes with a short pre-delay. When a Mercury Strike support power is used nearby your Athena Cannons, it becomes easier to recalibrate the orbital weapon, which increases the unit's firepower for a short period of time.
  • As a sidenote, the Battle Fortress, being a unit of Pacific Front will lose its scottish accent.
THE SOVIET UNION
  • All Soviet subfactions receive a Tier 3 jet which can release smoke screen over its enemies, called the Dustdevil. The smoke screen will decrease the enemy accuracy, which will result in less damage being dealt to your units. The Latin Confederation still keeps its unique Smoke Bombs support power, the duration of which is much longer.
  • The Latin Confederation's new Fury Drone can be deployed to dig into the ground and become unseen to the enemies. When an enemy approaches, it will launch itself at it and explode violently, dealing plenty of damage to the target and anything nearby. It does not replace the Terror Drone.
  • The Latin Confederation also receives the Arsonist, which is a Tier 3 infiltrator who can set enemy buildings on fire and disguise as the enemy soldiers.
  • The Fury Drone and the Arsonist replace Latin Confederation's unique Drakuv and Hijacker. The Hijacker is no longer a Soviet unit, while the Drakuv becomes available to all Soviet subfactions. It is accessible through a support power that can only be accessed when both Field Bureau and a lab has been built.
  • Updated Drakuv Prison Vehicle can abduct enemy troops which have been wounded in battle and escort them to the Field Bureau. If the player sends them to the Field Bureau, he will get the ability to train the imprisoned soldier type. However, if a Spy infiltrates the Field Bureau, access to that technology will be lost.
  • The Saboteur's radiation field created upon his explosion has been removed to reduce its effectiveness in killing Dogs & Spooks.
  • China receives a new support power called the Wallbuster, which is an earthquake-generating missile fired from their unique laboratory, the Atomheart. The Wallbuster is extremely effective against enemy defenses and will destroy any walls it touches.
  • All Soviet subfactions receive the Iron Guard which is a small Iron Curtain that turns all vehicles nearby invulnerable with short delays where these units are suspectible to damage. Only two of these can be built at once, after you construct the Iron Curtain itself.
THE EPSILON ARMY
  • The Epsilon Dog is replaced with the Spook, a terrifying creature which.. does everything a man's best friend can do.
  • The Epsilon Aerodome gives access to two jets, one of them being the Dybbuk-Attacker, which can continuously fire its A.R.O. projectiles at ground targets, however no longer without an ammo limit. It is a very fast jet which is effective against enemy armor. The other one, is a high tech Dybbuk-Evolver available after a Cloning Vats is built. It drops a series of bombs filled with gas, the particles of which trigger a mutation reaction on the soldiers killed in battle. It is also relatively effective against all other targets.
  • With the chaos gas tech for Epsilon no more, the Weaver has been repurposed into the Bloatick, which is a walking poisonous bomb, quite effective against all sorts of targets, especially in large groups. The Scorpion Cell's Molebomb support power has been replaced with the Bloatick Trap which deploys several of those anywhere on the battlefield.
  • A new support power for the PsiCorps, the Magnetic Beam is a weapon fired from.. the sky, I guess, which will trap and slow down all metallic units. It is active for a short period of time and can be moved around the battlefield just like any other unit, in a similar fashion to C&C Generals Particle Cannon.
  • Virus is no longer a stolen tech unit and is available to all Epsilon subfactions after they construct the Cloning Vats.
  • The Stalker loses its immobilizer weapon. It is replaced with a special projectile that upon firing at enemy infantry, will heal your troops around that specific soldier, which is especially effective when Brutes, Bloaticks or any other short range infantry is involved in the battle. The infantry immobilizer tech became a Foehn weapon.
  • The Invaders can now shut down the power plants again, however they will only be able to shut down a single power instead of the entire base power grid. Nuclear Reactor users beware!
  • Not exactly shown in these videos I think, Headquarters receive a new Tier 3 stealth mine, the Genomine which releases the mutating gas upon exploding.
  • Headquarters also receive a mobile stealth generator in the form of the Hazequad. Just like the Chimera Core, it can only turn units & infantry invisible.
  • The Rage Inductor support superweapon has been modified and will no longer kill your infantry. Instead, it will heal them rapidly and will work on a larger area.
Please keep in mind that, as usual, everything is a subject to change.

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.



 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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The underusage of fighter jets and bombers in vanilla Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge was something many modders could not leave without changing so over the years you saw many aircraft and airfields created for the Soviets and Yuri in various mods. Mental Omega expands the array of buildable aircraft for all three original sides as well. While the 2013 release did not include the airpads for Soviets and Yuri's side, the next version will. The addition of new jets is not limited to the standard tech trees however, as the Allies will now be able to steal the technology which is required for the construction of the Lionheart Bomber from the Soviets.
 

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The new stolen technology roster: 10 units to go.

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Allied Lionheart Bomber by ONE X

 
The Lionheart is designed to destroy large groups of Soviet tank divisions with an experimental payload. The bomb which is dropped from this unit will additionally induce EMP effects to all vehicles that survive, immobilizing them for quite a long time and rendering them vulnerable to enemy attacks. The Lionheart can perform a single strike before it has to go back to the airfield and reload, and thanks to Ares DLL it will take as long to reload this one bomb as it takes a Harrier or Black Eagle to reload both of its projectiles. The weapon is also effective against infantry but will not deal much damage to structures. As is the case with most of the jets, it should avoid anti-aircraft fire as its armor cannot take a lot of punishment.
 
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We'll now focus on the Foehn Infantry, which is trained at their Barracks.
 

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Foehn Barracks by Nooze


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.
 

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Foehn Knightframe by ImP_RuLz


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.

Do not be fooled by the exoskeleton's size - the Knightframe has no issues with adjusting its construction accordingly to the environment it needs to reside in. The Knightframe can garrison various structures just like the G.I., Conscript, or Initiate and fire from within the building. However, it will not be able to fire at aircraft when inside a building.
 

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Foehn Lancer by IceDragon


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.
 

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Foehn Huntress by 4SG


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.

There are several characteristics that are shared by all Foehn infantry and this is one of them: the advanced suits worn by their troopers are compatible with the nanoids released by the Huntress. After "consuming" an object, these nanoids will be able to repair damages and heal the wounds of Foehn infantry nearby for a short while. Once an enemy infantry is eliminated by Huntress' nanoids, a temporary nanocloud is created in which all of your troops will be healed/repaired with the salvaged materials. Foehn units can receive many benefits from active battles and this is one of the most important ones.

In desperate times, a Huntress can direct her nanoids at friendly infantry to achieve similar results. This is extremely questionable however when the amount of troops at Foehn's command are so limited.

While the Huntress has no anti-unit weapons, she can use her nanoids to take out the pilots of enemy tanks at close ranges and take control of said vehicle in a similar fashion to the Hijackers. Once a hijacked vehicle is destroyed, there's a high chance she'll survive and be able to steal another vehicle.
 

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Foehn Clairvoyant by Starkku


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.

Additionally, the Clairvoyants will be able to react to disguised spies and stealth units which belong to the enemy. They have a short range immobilizer which will stun enemy spies and keep them in place for as long as a Clairvoyant keeps firing at it, making it a clear target for you to eliminate. Inside a Jackal Racer the Clairvoyant receives a large range boost.


But!

This is not all there is to it! If you use this building's special power on any of the infantry above, you'll be able to control MOre. This is the Nanofiber Loom, a crucial building in the Foehn tech tree.
 

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Foehn Nanofiber Loom by IvanXYZ & Nooze


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.

As a support power that needs to recharge, costs plenty and has a limited radius (although it can be fired anywhere on the battlefield), the Nanofiber Sync is a powerful tool which puts an emphasis on decision making as the new weapons you can achieve with this power are very effective but limited in numbers. Quite often the transformation into the alternate forms also sacrifices a feature that the normal version of the trooper has. Here are the second forms of the soldiers presented earlier.
 

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Knightframe turns into Foehn Kingsframe by Starkku


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.
 

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Lancer turns into Foehn Railguneer by Starkku


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.
 

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Huntress turns into Foehn Deviatress by Starkku


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.
 

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Clairvoyant turns into Foehn Duplicant by Starkku


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.

..oh, and there's also the obligatory Engineer, but he doesn't get any special powers yet.
Sorry, little Engineer!
 

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Foehn Engineer


This news post does not reveal all of Foehn's infantry of course. There is still Tier 3 and heroes to come.
 

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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.
 

 

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If you'd like to help develop Mental Omega further, write an e-mail to mental.omega.apyr@gmail.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.
 

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Posted on April 20, 2016 by Speeder - Comments: 36


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