Supreme Commander Profile Preview - Aeon Illuminate Units and Structures

Scout out some of the advanced military units and structures that the Aeon Illuminate uses in battle.

The real-time strategy formula basically requires you to gather some resources, build a base and then an army, and wipe out the enemy on the other side of the map. That's sort of the idea in Supreme Commander, as well, only the bases that you can build are huge, the armies you can raise are gigantic, and the maps themselves are humongous. There's a reason for this: Supreme Commander is seen as the heir to 1997's acclaimed Total Annihilation, a game that let you feel like a general commanding futuristic armies in the field.

Aeon units are fast moving and hard hitting.

There are three races in Supreme Commander: The United Earth Federation, the Cybran Nation, and the Aeon Illuminate. Over the past few months, we've taken a look at each of the factions, including their histories, their key characters, and their military units. To wrap things up, we take a look at the Aeon's war machines. When we spoke to creator and Gas Powered Games founder Chris Taylor earlier this year, he described the Aeon to us as the race that would "design the iPod if they could." We understand what he means now--the Aeon units are incredibly sleek by design.

Beneath their stylish exteriors, Aeon units tend to be highly specialized, and they usually have a single purpose on the battlefield. Some are designed with sonic-based weapons, while others are armed with gravity weapons. For protection, most Aeon units are equipped with powerful energy shields. Aeon units are powered by antimatter, which is both a powerful energy source and a potent weapon. In terms of tactics, the Aeon like to use the quick speed of their units to suddenly overwhelm an enemy. This is an army that likes to go on the offensive and can use mobility to its advantage, whereas being on the defensive usually means being fixed in place. We'll see the Aeon in action when Supreme Commander ships next year.

Aeon Units and Structures

Torpedo Bomber.

Gunship
The gunship can deliver air support to Aeon ground units anywhere on the battlefield.
Width: 30.93m
Height: 10.63m
Depth: 31.75m

Torpedo Bomber
Naval combat is a big part of Supreme Commander, and the Aeon can take out enemy vessels with the potent torpedo bomber.
Width: 23.95m
Height: 4.49m
Depth: 22.49m

Naval Factory.

Land Factory
The land factory is a key military structure, capable of churning out a variety of Aeon units.
Width: 96.66m
Height: 49.84m
Depth: 96.66m

Naval Factory
Almost looking like a formidable vessel itself, the naval factory can produce attack boats.
Width: 100.07m
Height: 97.25m
Depth: 208.42m

Mass Extractor.

Mass Fabricator
The mass fabricator, well, fabricates mass.
Width: 17.07m
Height: 21.25m
Depth: 17.07m

Mass Extractor
Energy and mass are the two key resources in Supreme Commander, and the mass extractor helps get mass.
Width: 23.49m
Height: 19.77m
Depth: 23.49m

Antiair Turret.

Antiair Turret
Fixed air defense of Aeon bases is provided by the antiair turret.
Width: 20.01m
Height: 19.91m
Depth: 21.95m

Torpedo Launcher
Coastal defense can be provided by the torpedo launcher.
Width: 26.73m
Height: 11.17m
Depth: 26.48m

Attack Boat.

Engineer
The engineer is one of the primary build units that the Aeon rely on.
Width: 22.38m
Height: 12.19m
Depth: 20.62m

Attack Boat
The attack boat is nowhere near as large as the UEF and Cybran naval vessels, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in speed.
Width: 10.93m
Height: 8.2m
Depth: 28.76m

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63 comments
LegionofClouds
LegionofClouds

Im with raaddragon If you dont be liking the game the GTFO!!!! ^^ arigatou gozaimas anyways the aeon rock but the specs required will probably just be barley met by my computer's specs lol better start upgrading and tweaking now ^^

raaddragon
raaddragon

Wow every1 saying it's bad go away.Why r u looking at this game then duh!!!

CyberMegaWolf
CyberMegaWolf

I love the massive armies. Graphics wise i think it falls short, but considering the scale its understandable, it'll be a tight battle between CnC and SUP COM, guess I'll buy both.

redomegaz
redomegaz

Those are some very nice looking unit's, my favourite has to be the Torpedo Bomber.

KamakazeNinja08
KamakazeNinja08

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Corbahn
Corbahn

Sweet, Looks like alot of people might favour the Illuminate just because they can cover more ground faster then the other factions. They seem kind of Protoss'ish if using SC as an analogy.

FinalFighter911
FinalFighter911

the look is what counts, and this game doesnt look so good

8NP4iN
8NP4iN

Man This game is WOW! to all the people complaining about inovation... please go check the SupCom Forums and READ... youll see whats innovation.... you think its only bigger scale hum? youll be suprised... T H I S G A M E R O C K S

cannuck38
cannuck38

WOW! This game looks so good right now. Hope the game really is as good as they say.

FlashNovice
FlashNovice

I don't really like green.... ... unless its master chief :)

computergamer90
computergamer90

This Game is gonna be awesome! I like the aeon side better than any of the others

greystone227
greystone227

Yeah, this game looks awesome. I'll never be able to play it though, because the system requirements will most likely be quite hefty. I mean, I have to play UT2004 on 800x600 to get it to run smoothly. I really need to buy a new video card...

lightningamer
lightningamer

This game looks pretty good, cant wait until it come's out

mat2g
mat2g

This game looks like its turning out to be very awesome. Next year looks to be a very strong year for RTS's for me.

thebeardof
thebeardof

This race remind me so much of the Eldar from Warhammer 40,000. think about it specialized units. sleek vehicles and armor.

taggerung000
taggerung000

yeah they remind me of the protoss to, sorta lol

knut-am
knut-am

who cares what the requirements will be, as long as they publish a playable game on the fastest computers.

CreatureDude
CreatureDude

looks cool....the aeon seems to remind me of the protoss

Nuclear_Kernel
Nuclear_Kernel

Specialized weapons= not good against other types of enemies. So you' ll to protected them which sucks. Let' s hope this aren' t only type of weapons of the Aeon Illuminate.

quigonjinn23
quigonjinn23

This game looks fun ..the story is good i just hope the units get more colorful i hate that rave green lol

MrSkull016
MrSkull016

looks like lots of fun. what will the requirements be?

tekmet
tekmet

HOPE THEY STILL HAVE GOOD AI & SCRIPST TA had (still has) some of the smartest units i`ve ever seen :) Not like modern games where everybody just stays put & shoots :|

FireJade
FireJade

SupCom seems even more similar to TA now... But I'm not sure the three races will be very different. They seem to have several similar *basic* resource gathering units, and those probably wouldn't vary too much between the races. Still, I can hope there is more difference between units than the visual design of them. (Although the Aeon units DO look rather cool! :D)

dragenix
dragenix

YES DO DEMO IT, i think the aeon will be the most powerful military no matter how much they say the forces are balanced.

xatman911
xatman911

These look so cool compared against CNC series games.

Bavoke
Bavoke

they look a little flashy whit those colors but they are still awesome :D Bavoke 8)

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

These new tanks look really kool. But again, the shadow of StarCraft can be seen everywhere.

trinitytx
trinitytx

Nothing new to see here, move along now. Nothing new.. move along... same stuff , just a bigger scale, wow.. just what we need. Where is the innovation these days.

navyredshirt
navyredshirt

Well, I personally think this game will take RTS to a whole new level. I will hold the rest of my opinions until the demo comes out. I have high hopes for this game. Chris Taylor has yet to fail me, and I'm sure he won't this time.

deshields538
deshields538

Wish there was more variety in units between the sides.

ahmed_speed
ahmed_speed

Cool Unit hope that playing with it is the same.

h_robban
h_robban

That's a game I'm surely gonna buy!

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Too bad my PC wont play this beauty! :(

ghasek
ghasek

antimatter... lal

StolenVex
StolenVex

Jeez, the number of units in that screen shot makes me drool.

blackleather223
blackleather223

Nice they have told us almost every thing about this now so now what until next year. To tell the truth next year is only 4 months away boy it seems like this year is going by. Just can't wait for this and the cooler months to come.

Hikiera
Hikiera

waiting for the demo

halBU
halBU

SupCom looks hot! The Aeon units look great.

Dragonstring11
Dragonstring11

To Achon_Basic: Don't be too sure of that just yet. SUP COM is gonna have some major competition next year with Unreal Tournie 07 and Spore (assuming it doesn't get delayed...AGAIN). The Aeon indeed look very sweet, but i have a sinking feeling that they're gonna be like the eldar of Warhammer 40K and be beautiful, fast, and delicate.

Deathwing13
Deathwing13

Slim and streamline, I'm liking the Aeon Illuminate. Hopefully this isn't just boastful hype.

Ishenain
Ishenain

Now aren't they just gorgeous!