You thought the mod was over? Well, you thought wrong. Apologies for the silence, but now we're back with another news bulletin and more news to come. First of all, a quick status update which should answer some of the inevitable questions regarding current state of the mod.
CnCNet5 Online Support: Not there yet
Ares with Save/Load Function: Not there yet
Act Two Campaign: 22/36 (61%)
Side Project: Internal Beta Soon (56%)
The plan is to release the next version to the public once there is full support for CnCNet5 online services and a working save/load function because I can't imagine there'd be many willing to go through our rather difficult 72-mission long campaign without a function to save your progress. If you want to see the working save/load function sooner than later, you should definitely give your support and appreciation to AlexB, who is currently the only person working on Ares Expansion DLL and is making all the fantastic features that are yet to come with the next version of Mental Omega. If you are a modder and you are already using Ares, the more feedback you send the better.
What can you do to support Mental Omega itself? You can either contribute or spread the word about the mod. There are many Red Alert 2 players still returning to the game who are unaware of Mental Omega for obvious reasons - we have little to no advertising power and the word is spread mainly thanks to our fans. Link others to our website, to our YouTube channel, show them the mod and that there is finally a campaign for Yuri which so many people missed in Yuri's Revenge.
Your word keeps our project alive.
You'd think there's been plenty of new features designed throughout the weeks we skipped the news bulletins. You'd be correct, but this is just a portion of those features. Let's start with a trivia: the current artwork for the Chinese Science Lab has been a subject of debate in the modding community ever since the pre-release screenshots of Red Alert 2 have been released. That particular building artwork was seen on the Soviet side in the infamous promotional picture, however it's been considered by many to be the pre-release artwork for the final Allied Battle Lab due to many similarities in its design. According to the same people, it did not fit the Soviet architecture too well.
I've been a fan of this design ever since version 1.0 of Mental Omega where this structure has also appeared as the Soviet Lab. In the first beta revision of 3.0 it has been used as the Chinese Science Lab, a high tech building unique to one Soviet subfaction that went well with the other two. However after much thought I've given the subject, we've decided to replace it in the next version. The new design fits its subfaction's theme better and has been given an additional bonus to go with it. Here's the Atomheart, created by Nooze.
The Atomheart gives the Chinese player access to the advanced nuclear and EMP technologies, but also two new Chinese support powers - the Wallbuster, a missile designed specifically to destroy enemy walls and defenses, and Irradiation which, when used on your vehicles, will generate a radiation effect similar to the one the Eradicator has around himself constantly. Contrary to the other two Soviet laboratory buildings, the Atomheart consumes little power as it is able to fulfill most of its requirements with a reactor of its own.
Out goes the Cryofield, in goes the Hummingbird. Now listen carefully and listen well, because this aircraft can slow down time. After you construct the Airforce Command HQ and the Experimental Warpshop, you'll get access to this new advanced aircraft.
The Hummingbird is a unit designed for support of all Allied subfactions. It is capable of creating a field in which units will move slower, making them more vulnerable to enemy attacks and unable to escape from other jets like the Stormchild or Harrier. The slowest units will suffer from this debuff attack the most. The artwork for this jet was created by Moder.U and the unit has been voiced by Seoras.
Rahn makes his first appearance in the mission with a very subtle codename..
Even though Yuri's Proselytes have successfully infiltrated the Russian network and eliminated traces of Yuri's prototypes and technology schematics, the Latin Confederation is still in possession of 4 Cloning Vats in Spain, now occupied by their forces shortly before the final attack on the Gladius Defense System. Your objective is to infiltrate the Cloning Vats network and infect them with a genetic virus that will turn the tide against the Confederation's forces in Europe. From the dust will emerge a super soldier who will help Yuri destroy the Soviet dominion in the eastern part of the continent. The mission comes from lovalmidas, most famous for the Singularity mission in Act One.
The Latin Confederation is quick to react to Yuri's attacks around the world. Yuri is targeting and eliminating many important people in command or working for the Soviet armies, one of them being Colonel José Arcadio Morales who has infiltrated Brazil to acquire important intel on Yuri's movements. His extraction from Rio de Janeiro is an important task for the Soviet Commander in Act Two.
Operation: Exist to Exit
Yuri's forces are quick to establish two outposts around Morales' location in the city, shortly after the Soviets deploy their forces. Morales must be protected until it is possible to extract him and the important information on Yuri's plans that he carries.
Map Preview #43: (4) Vanilla Ice Cream (snow; "Islands" map pool) by Speeder
Map Preview #44: (4) Libra's Playground (desert; standard map pool) by Toveena
Map Preview #45: (6) Malver's Sandbox (desert; standard map pool) by Toveena
So there it is, Libra gets her own playground and Malver gets a box of sand. At least there's some vanilla ice cream to sweeten things up. In all seriousness though, these are some of the recent additions to the Mental Omega map pool, which is now dangerously close to hitting the 400 maps mark. While we're not showing all of the new additions, only the ones unique to the mod, I can definitely tell you there are plenty of battlefields to choose from. Every map will have their own unique characteristics and they'll all be available in the next release.
"(4) Vanilla Ice Cream" is a new map for the "Island" game mode on which each of the teams gets unique bonuses for their bases. There are two ore fields, a gem field, and bonus defenses for each player, but only two have the gems as their first resource. A Missile Bunker and the last ore field are on a separate island. With a Tech Base Expansion Post near the Bunker, it might be easier to defend it against attacks from the air. The Concrete Fortresses will make it more difficult to deploy amphibious and ground units nearby.
"(4) Libra's Playground" is a map designed for 2v2 team games in which each of the players has its own role to play. The lakes next to the bases don't allow naval combat, but the use of amphibious units might prove very useful to gain an advantage over your enemies. A desolate Tech Academy awaits in the center and will provide veteran training for all the infantry of the player who captures it. There are plenty of gems in the middle, so it might be a good idea to expand quickly.
"(6) Malver's Sandbox" is an island where Malver used to lurk when he was seeking isolation. This isolation was violently disturbed when 6 armies deployed their forces here. You'll have an important decision to make regarding the time going towards the gem fields on the sides near the Tech Base Expansion Posts. The 6 Oil Derricks out in the open will require special attention as they could be the first to go down when your enemies attack and resources are scarce.
We are still looking for someone experienced with UVW maps and texturing 3D models who can help with finishing the work on a set of new buildings within the aesthetic style of the game. We already have plenty of finished models to work with, be it in 3DS Max or Blender.
For more information write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking for additional Voice Actors for new units and missions as well as Red Alert 2/Yuri's Revenge Mission Scripters to help with the ambitious campaign project we are working on as a part of Mental Omega. Singular contributions are also welcome. Use the e-mail address listed above.
Edited by Speeder, 08 June 2015 - 07:30 PM.