Ashes of the Singularity gets largest DLC to date with Secret Missions

Stardock has released the Secret Missions DLC for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, which adds new units, new scenarios, and new maps for both single and multiplayer modes. In addition, Stardock released the free 2.7 base game update for all users which resolves some previously existing audio issues, improves map balance on select maps, and corrects targeting issues for units.

"This is our biggest DLC ever, and it expands every key part of the game," said Lead Designer Callum McCole in a press release. "The new units open up additional strategic depth by allowing for different compositions and counters. The scenarios are challenging and interesting, and the maps are absolutely massive."

Secret Missions includes two new frigates, one for each playable faction:

  • PHC Atlas - This anti-air, anti-drone frigate is an excellent line of defense against Drone Hives. Since it only costs metal and doesn't require radioactives, the Atlas is a less powerful, but inexpensive, alternative to the Apollo cruiser.
  • Substrate Tormentor - This indirect fire frigate is capable of saturating an area with artillery shells, causing damage to anything in its radius of attack. Although it lacks accuracy and direct single target damage, the Tormentor is at its most powerful against groups of units rather than structures.

There are also eight new scenarios in the DLC that cater to players who enjoy large, late-game battles and tactical flexibility. "These scenarios are designed to put players in unique situations that are unlike any in the already existing campaigns and scenarios," McCole said. "There are missions for both the PHC and the Substrate, all of which focus heavily on late-game units and large armies. Some may require you to destroy an enemy base or protect an allied base, while others may focus on stopping your enemy from achieving critical mass of Turinium."

The scenarios range from missions that require you to command PHC forces to take down a rogue post-human, or that place you as the last standing Substrate member against waves of PHC forces, or that task you and your PHC forces with taking down an experimental prototype Substrate unit, and more.

New maps are the final feature of Secret Missions, but they aren't the smallest. "Players are always asking for bigger maps so they can have even bigger showdowns," McCole said. "We designed these to be symmetrical and ideal for multiplayer matches, some of which can accommodate up to 14 players."

In addition to the enormous 5v5, 6v6, and 7v7 maps, Secret Missions adds some medium and large-sized maps with limited choke points and varying symmetry.

The Secret Missions DLC is available for $3.99 at Stardock and Steam and requires the base game to play. To read more about what's being added in the DLC, visit the forums. To see the full v2.7 changelog, click here.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is also available at Stardock or Steam for $39.99. For more information on the game, please visit the official site.

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