Along with new Juggernaut-class ships and various balance adjustments, Ashes of the Singularity’s latest update adds a new campaign for dedicated space generals. Named 'Genesis', this new single-player content is fully voiced and free for all owners of Ashes of the Singularity.
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Genesis features six new missions and continues the Ashes story, as the Substrate and the PHC battle for galactic control. It is the “most challenging campaign to date,” according to Stardock, with it featuring the new Juggernaut ships. Both factions receive their own Juggernaut, with them providing the huge firepower needed to turn a match around. As they are the most powerful unit in the game, Ashes players will not see Juggernauts in quick matches, due to the large cost of building these massive battle-cruisers. Juggernauts also level indefinitely, with them gaining a 5% bonus to damage and health for every level past level five.
The PHC’s Juggernaut is the Leonidas, which comes equipped with a massive beam cannon that can tear through enemy Dreadnoughts. The Substrate’s Juggernaut is focused on overwhelming the opponent by spawning a constant stream of frigates to harass the enemy, and repair its hull.
Stardock have also gone back and rebalanced much of the old Ashes campaigns to make them more fun to play. Maps have been adjusted to “make more sense” and expert commanders should find the “AI is a lot more challenging” on the higher difficulty levels.
Stardock have also added five new maps to Ashes’ skirmish and multiplayer mode, alongside various quality-of-life improvements to make interstellar warfare that bit more enjoyable. For the full list of bug fixes, balance changes and gameplay additions, check out the official Ashes of the Singularity website.
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is available on Steam for $39.99/£29.99.