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The American campaign follows an NSDF unit, also called the "Black Dogs", during scrap-gathering operations on Jupiter's moon [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganymede_%28moon%29 Ganymede]. The Americans, expecting boring [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Garrison_duty&action=edit&redlink=1 garrison duty], are ambushed by Chinese tanks, which are capable of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloaking_device cloaking]. After being mauled by the Chinese, the Americans reestablish themselves and discover that the Chinese are using a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_%28device%29 Stargate-like] portal to travel between Earth and Ganymede, and to the planet Elysium, which is located in another solar system. Control of the portals changes hands back and forth several times, but the campaign ends with the Americans in control, and the Chinese annihilated. The Chinese campaign starts earlier, with the first few missions focusing on stealing the Portal technology from the Soviets (who do not have their own campaign) and establishing their own. Later missions follow the American attempts to control Ganymede and Elysium.
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|+ style="background-color: #513f47; font-size: 140%;"|<span style="color: #ffffff;">'''Battlezone:<br />The Red Odyssey'''</span>
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|'''Developer:''' [[Team Evolve]]
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|'''Publisher:''' [[Macmillan Digital Publishing]]
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|'''Release Date:''' February 24 1999<ref>[http://www.gamervision.com/games/the-red-odyssey-authorized-battlezone-mission-pack-for-pc The Red Odyssey: Authorised Battlezone Mission Pack] on [http://www.gamervision.com gamervision.com]</ref>
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'''Battlezone: The Red Odyssey''', commonly referred to as ''The Red Odyssey'' or by the initialism ''TRO'', is the second official expansion for [[Battlezone (1998)|Battlezone]]. It introduced two playable factions, the [[CRA|Chinese Red Army]] and the [[NSDF]] [[Black Dogs]], a new campaign for each, and five new multiplayer maps.
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== History ==
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[[Activision]] began development of an expansion for Battlezone shortly after its release under the name [[Battlezone: Imperial Insurrection|Imperial Insurrection]], but the designs were shelved before anything more than a few pieces of concept art could be created. The plans were eventually outsourced to [[Team Evolve]], who grew the concept into The Red Odyssey. Most of Activision's developments were discarded during this period, though the [[Repair Supply Unit]] exists in an untextured state in the released expansion's assets and the [[CCA]] [[Rammer]] design was later re-used for the [[ISDF]] [[Interceptor]] in [[Battlezone II]].
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The Red Odyssey only had a limited release; only 400 copies were produced, all released inside the United States.<ref name="verQs">[http://www.battlezoneclub.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3702#p37247 Battlezone Versions Questions] on [[Battlezone Club]]</ref> Second-hand copies are rare, but have in the past sold for prices upwards of USD 800.<ref>[https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Battlezone-2nd-Expansion-The-Red-Odyssey-BIG-BOX/352179027410?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 Battlezone 2nd Expansion The Red Odyssey BIG BOX] on [https://ebay.com eBay]</ref>
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== Synopsis ==
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The [[Dogs of War]] campaign follows a Black Dog unit deployed on the [[Jupiter|Jovian]] moon [[Ganymede]] to gather bio-metal. Two weeks after arriving they are ambushed CRA [[Yeti|tanks]] outfitted with [[cloak]]ing technology. After regrouping, the Americans discover the Chinese are using a Cthonian technology, the [[Pegasus Device]] to travel between Ganymede and the extrasolar planet [[Elysium]]. Control of the portal switches hands several times until the Black Dogs finally succeed in annihilating the CRA.
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[[Red Storm]], the CRA campaign, takes place before the Black Dog missions and follows the CRA's attempts to steal the Pegasus Device from the [[CCA]].
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== Multiplayer ==
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The Red Odyssey introduced both new factions to multiplayer, along with five new maps. The [[1.5 Patch]] has since added both factions to Battlezone, though the new maps have yet to follow.
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==1.3 Patch==
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{{for|the patch for [[Battlezone (1998)|Battlezone]]|1.3 Patch (Battlezone)}}
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{{for|the patch for [[Battlezone II]]|1.3 Patch (Battlezone II)}}
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The Red Odyssey 1.3 patch - not to be confused with the patches of the same version number for [[Battlezone (1998)|Battlezone]] and [[Battlezone II]] - was released on July 31st 1999. It resolved invisibility of the Black Dog [[Bobcat]], fixed [[Recycler]] selection with the Black Dog [[Grizzly]] in [[Strategy]] (it previously provided an [[NSDF]] Recycler), and added the [[Labyrinth]] deathmatch map.<ref>[[1.3 Patch (The Red Odyssey)]]{{C|, readme.txt}}</ref>
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== Re-release ==
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In 1999, the [[Battlezone Gold Pack]] was released to commemorate the launch of [[Battlezone II]]. It bundled Battlezone and version 1.3 of The Red Odyssey with [[Battlezone: Battle Grounds|Battle Grounds]], the [[Battlezone II Demo]] and the [[Battlezone Official Strategy Guide]], but as before was only released inside the United States.<ref name="verQs"/>
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==Redux Version==
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Following the announcement of [[Battlezone 98 Redux]] there was a great deal of public speculation over whether or not The Red Odyssey would receive the same treatment.<ref>[http://steamcommunity.com/app/301650/discussions/0/368542844490009841/ Is Battlezone: The Red Odyssey included?] on [[Steam Community]]</ref><ref>[http://steamcommunity.com/app/301650/discussions/0/412447331651662167/ Expansion included?] on [[Steam Community]]</ref> Rebellion and Big Boat interactive remained evasive on the subject,<ref>[http://battlezone.report/issue/report/2016-04-25#interview/interview-with-jason-kingsley Interview with Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion Developments] on [[Battlezone Field Report]]</ref> but in late May 2016 SteamDB records revealed the existence of a locked build of Battlezone 98 Redux apparently purporting to contain Red Odyssey content.<ref>[https://steamdb.info/app/301650/depots/ Battlezone 98 Redux • AppID: 301650 • Steam Database] on [http://steamdb.info/ SteamDB]</ref> The redux version was officially announced on June 8th.<ref>[http://steamcommunity.com/games/301650/announcements/detail/869573029731141341 The Red Odyssey Returns!] on [http://steamdb.info/ SteamDB]</ref>
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== Trivia ==
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* The Mandarin text on the coverart for the box is a very rough translation and reads "The Great War in Ao Desai (Odyssey)". The word Odyssey itself was not translated to an equivalent word in Mandarin but instead is a phonetic translation of the word, leading to some slight confusion for players who can read the text.
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Battlezone:
The Red Odyssey
Tro front
Information
Developer: Team Evolve
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Publishing
Release Date: February 24 1999[1]

Battlezone: The Red Odyssey, commonly referred to as The Red Odyssey or by the initialism TRO, is the second official expansion for Battlezone. It introduced two playable factions, the Chinese Red Army and the NSDF Black Dogs, a new campaign for each, and five new multiplayer maps.

History Edit

Activision began development of an expansion for Battlezone shortly after its release under the name Imperial Insurrection, but the designs were shelved before anything more than a few pieces of concept art could be created. The plans were eventually outsourced to Team Evolve, who grew the concept into The Red Odyssey. Most of Activision's developments were discarded during this period, though the Repair Supply Unit exists in an untextured state in the released expansion's assets and the CCA Rammer design was later re-used for the ISDF Interceptor in Battlezone II.

The Red Odyssey only had a limited release; only 400 copies were produced, all released inside the United States.[2] Second-hand copies are rare, but have in the past sold for prices upwards of USD 800.[3]

Synopsis Edit

The Dogs of War campaign follows a Black Dog unit deployed on the Jovian moon Ganymede to gather bio-metal. Two weeks after arriving they are ambushed CRA tanks outfitted with cloaking technology. After regrouping, the Americans discover the Chinese are using a Cthonian technology, the Pegasus Device to travel between Ganymede and the extrasolar planet Elysium. Control of the portal switches hands several times until the Black Dogs finally succeed in annihilating the CRA.

Red Storm, the CRA campaign, takes place before the Black Dog missions and follows the CRA's attempts to steal the Pegasus Device from the CCA.

Multiplayer Edit

The Red Odyssey introduced both new factions to multiplayer, along with five new maps. The 1.5 Patch has since added both factions to Battlezone, though the new maps have yet to follow.

1.3 PatchEdit

For the patch for Battlezone, see 1.3 Patch (Battlezone).
For the patch for Battlezone II, see 1.3 Patch (Battlezone II).

The Red Odyssey 1.3 patch - not to be confused with the patches of the same version number for Battlezone and Battlezone II - was released on July 31st 1999. It resolved invisibility of the Black Dog Bobcat, fixed Recycler selection with the Black Dog Grizzly in Strategy (it previously provided an NSDF Recycler), and added the Labyrinth deathmatch map.[4]

Re-release Edit

In 1999, the Battlezone Gold Pack was released to commemorate the launch of Battlezone II. It bundled Battlezone and version 1.3 of The Red Odyssey with Battle Grounds, the Battlezone II Demo and the Battlezone Official Strategy Guide, but as before was only released inside the United States.[2]

Redux VersionEdit

Following the announcement of Battlezone 98 Redux there was a great deal of public speculation over whether or not The Red Odyssey would receive the same treatment.[5][6] Rebellion and Big Boat interactive remained evasive on the subject,[7] but in late May 2016 SteamDB records revealed the existence of a locked build of Battlezone 98 Redux apparently purporting to contain Red Odyssey content.[8] The redux version was officially announced on June 8th.[9]

Trivia Edit

  • The Mandarin text on the coverart for the box is a very rough translation and reads "The Great War in Ao Desai (Odyssey)". The word Odyssey itself was not translated to an equivalent word in Mandarin but instead is a phonetic translation of the word, leading to some slight confusion for players who can read the text.

References Edit

  1. The Red Odyssey: Authorised Battlezone Mission Pack on gamervision.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 Battlezone Versions Questions on Battlezone Club
  3. Battlezone 2nd Expansion The Red Odyssey BIG BOX on eBay
  4. 1.3 Patch (The Red Odyssey), readme.txt
  5. Is Battlezone: The Red Odyssey included? on Steam Community
  6. Expansion included? on Steam Community
  7. Interview with Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion Developments on Battlezone Field Report
  8. Battlezone 98 Redux • AppID: 301650 • Steam Database on SteamDB
  9. The Red Odyssey Returns! on SteamDB
Battlezone Series
Games Battlezone (Battle Grounds · The Red Odyssey · Rise of the Black Dogs · Gold Pack) · Battlezone II: Combat Commander
Remasters Battlezone 98 Redux (Battlezone 98 Redux: The Red Odyssey · Battlezone 98 Redux: Odyssey Edition)
Soundtracks Battlezone (The Red Odyssey · Rise of the Black Dogs · Early Test Soundtrack) · Battlezone II (Battlezone II Music Pack)
Demos Battlezone (Instant Action · The Red Odyssey) · Battlezone II
Strategy Guides Battlezone · Battlezone II
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