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Unnamed Map
Inst01 shell
World: Europa, also Luna or Io[1]

Faction: NSDF
Enemy: CCA
Scrap: 200
Geysers: 10

Inst01 is an Instant Action map that was cut from Battlezone, either because the gamemode was not ready by the time the game was due release or because it was only developed for testing its mechanics.

Details Edit

Inst01 earth

Earth in the sky

It is not entirely clear which world Inst01 was intended to be set on: the Earth hangs in the sky, suggesting Luna; the .trn identifies surfaces as "sand" and "lava", suggesting Io; and the textures are Europan.[1] The .trn refers to several textures which do not exist, which results in the terrain being completely untextured when the map is loaded without modification.[2]

Unlike other Instant Action missions, which only run a basic script to check for the existence of enemy forces, Inst01 either once had a more complex script or was to have one in the future. The existing script opens with a scripted cutscene more akin to the game's single-player missions, and the map itself contains several pathpoints that are not used by Instant Action missions. A Nav Camera to the north in an area defended by CCA forces may indicate the planned presence of an objective of strategic importance, most likely a Cthonian relic.[2]

Walkthrough Edit

Inst01 gtowers

Two gun towers at the chokepoint

Inst01 is far simpler than most Instant Action missions and is much more on par with the early Martian missions of Stars and Stripes. You will start with your Recycler in an easily defensible dead-end canyon. The AI will not attack you from the ridges, so all you need to do is defend the entrance; two Badgers will do for now. You may find it later to upgrade to a Gun Tower if the mission gets particularly drawn out, and there is enough space there for two and a Solar Power Plant if you are particularly careful with your building placement.

There is a lot of loose scrap scattered around, so you'll want to devote your attention in the early game to gathering it. The enemy will be doing the same, so you'll need to clear out a few Paks in order to safeguard your Scavengers (the turret at the scrap field just east of your Recycler will be replaced, so consider putting a Badger there as well).

Once you have enough resources you may want to consider building a Factory and Armory and using them to set up an outpost at the geysers just north of your position, but you can complete the mission easily without these.

The route to the enemy base is guarded by two Paks and a Cannoneer deployed on the ridges. You should be more than capable of taking these out by yourself but an additional Razor or Grizzly as backup will lower the amount of ammunition you need to do it. The base itself is poorly defended (a few Flankers and Czars at most), though these defences are useless against artillery fire; your Grizzly's complement of MDMs is large enough to take out both the Recycler and Factory if you wish to attack from a distance.

Inst01 navbeacon

The Nav Camera to the north

When you have finished with the enemy base the rest of the mission consists of mopping up the enemy forces, most of which will consist of Scavengers. Remember that there are two Paks and another Cannoneer to the north at Nav 2.

As the mission script is incomplete, this mission will not end even if all enemy units are destroyed.

Trivia Edit

  • The AIP for this mission is scripted to construct a Molotov, which will roam the map uselessly as the AI cannot order it to lay mines.
  • The broken terrain textures are easily fixed by removing the last four keys in the .trn; a small mod which fixes both this and the mission's unending nature can be found on ModDB.

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Appearances Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Battlezone (1998), inst01.trn
  2. 2.0 2.1 Battlezone (1998), inst01.bzn
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