Supreme Commander Profile Preview - Cybran Nation Units and Structures

We take a look at the military units and structures of the Cybran Nation, one of the three playable factions in this highly anticipated real-time strategy game.

Over the past month, we've been examining the factions of Supreme Commander, the upcoming real-time strategy game from THQ and Gas Powered Games that was our Best Strategy Game of the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Supreme Commander wants to put the strategy back into real-time strategy by giving you the room to maneuver armies and navies like never before. To do so, it will feature battlefields that are hundreds of square kilometers in size. Due out in 2007, the game is set in the distant future, where three human factions war for galactic supremacy. One of these factions is the Cybran Nation, a society of cybernetically enhanced humans.

The Cybran Nation would like a word with you.

The Cybran Nation doesn't have the military might or the numbers of the United Earth Federation or the Aeon Illuminate. As a result, the Cybrans rely more on guile and stealth rather than firepower. Advanced technologies such as electromagnetic pulse devices (that knock out enemy electronics) and subatomic weapons also help level the playing field. Cybran war machines incorporate stealth and cloaking technology--as their sleek, black designs would indicate--making them perfect for conducting surprise attacks.

Cybran Nation Units and Structures

Naval Factory

Strategic Bomber
The strategic bomber can rapidly deliver firepower anywhere it's needed on the battlefield. It's almost twice as large as the UEF's attack bomber.
Width: 48m
Height: 10.76m
Length: 37.34m

Naval Factory v1.5
When the Cybrans need ships built, they turn to their naval factories to churn them out. A naval factory is large enough to construct the mighty Cybran battleship.
Width: 203.19m
Height: 335.84m
Length: 259.39m

Flak Artillery

Power Generator
Energy is one of the two key resources in Supreme Commander, and the power generator is how the Cybrans get it.
Width: 18.55m
Height: 38.09m
Length: 17.64m

Flak Artillery
Air defense is important--hence the flak artillery gun, which can ruin an enemy pilot's day.
Width: 17.68m
Height: 18.46m
Length: 24.59m

Short Range Sonar Buoy

Light Artillery Cannon
Artillery can fire over long distances in Supreme Commander, which makes weapons such as the light artillery cannon very valuable.
Width: 23.05m
Height: 29.18m
Length: 48.06m

Short Range Sonar Buoy
The short range sonar buoy is capable of detecting underwater threats, such as enemy submarines. These are useful to have, especially since the UEF has a potent, submersible aircraft carrier.
Width: 14.09m
Height: 24.63m
Length: 12.32m

Mobile Flak Artillery

Engineer v1.3
The four-wheeled engineer is a fast build unit on the battlefield.
Width: 8.43m
Height: 7.66m
Length: 8.92m

Mobile Flak Artillery
Antiaircraft fire is useful only if it can protect important assets. The mobile flak artillery unit can extend the antiaircraft protection bubble to Cybran units in the field.
Width: 17.47m
Height: 13.49m
Length: 21.02m

Battleship

Siege Assault Bot
The siege assault bot is comparable to the UEF's siege assault bot. These giant war machines are designed to carve through enemy defenses.
Width: 24.26m
Height: 26.75m
Length: 35.07m

Battleship
Sleek and sinister, the Cybran battleship provides naval firepower in spades.
Width: 78.48m
Height: 69.42m
Length: 246.39m

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57 comments
Stealth_B
Stealth_B

"Air defense is important--hence the flak artillery gun, which can ruin an enemy pilot's day." There are no pilots in this game. All units except ACUs are AI.

cas5090
cas5090

I have been playing TA for 10 years. If this is anywhere near as good, I will live at my PC! GO MONKEY LORD!!!!!

jimmy1962
jimmy1962

ok for any new pple just hearing of the game here are your resources: Mass and Energy. to get energy u build power gen. to get mass u build mass extractors on set points on the map, or you can make fabricators which take power and turn it into mass. dont do that unless u got plenty of power cuz it takes a lot of power away.

FireJade
FireJade

"Energy is one of the two key resources in Supreme Commander..." Is metal the other? ;P I've always been a big fan of TA, and I can't wait for SupCom to come out, although it probably won't run on my current computer.

lordohio
lordohio

I just hope the units have more than cosmetic differences. Lining them up, the armies look pretty much exactly the same...

chickenoverlord
chickenoverlord

This certainly looks cool... hopefully the battlefield is not TOO big

Gleem
Gleem

Supreme Commander a Supreme Game!!!!, maybe the future........................ ¡TO WAR!!!!!!!!

Nuker_no1
Nuker_no1

I don't really think this game is going to be that power-hungry. Why? The particle effects don't look that demanding, and the units have a not so high poly count.. it would require alot of RAM though, because of the size of the battlefield. both WIC and cnc 3 will probably require more power.

timevans90
timevans90

i'm hoping fx-57 at 3.2 2gig of ocz platinium at 200 cas 2.0 asus premium at ht x5 plus two 7800 gtx will run this game. From what i've read about it chris taylor is not worried if the majority of people are going to have to run it in a limited capacity. Most people have good graphics power and think that is all you need but when this game comes out even big beasts like the fx 57 will probably appear on ebay as they wont be able to run supreme commander fully. empires dawn of the modern world played in worldwar 1 and 2 is the best RTS to date purely because 80000 population cap and it also has the biggest maps of any game to date. SC needs to be bigger than this.

blackleather223
blackleather223

Well I remember the hype about C&C TS and it didn't turn out all that wonderful to some people but to me I like it and TA is a great game I still play it as well. Well I'lll have to wait until a demo or more trailers come out on this thing as time goes a long but more then likely I'll get it as long as the controlls are simple like Earth 2160 are I like those.

Petrol123
Petrol123

While the game looks great, I have yet to see the implementation of controls and how smooth they would be. Being a big fan of the Blizzard and Westwood RTS', I would like a more in depth look at how you will be able to manage such a huge amount of units effectively. I dislike RTS where its a matter of churning out units and having them go at each other in a random like pattern. But still extremely excited!

Fixer38
Fixer38

I have played many Real-Time-Strategy games and Supreme Commander is one of the most impressive looking RTS games I have seen to this day. Cant wait to try the demo or full game.

forrest666
forrest666

Some units which look like Total Annihilation units, it seens that this game will be like TA... GREAT!!!! erhhh... i think i will have lots of hours of fun when this game get released!! XD

tekmet
tekmet

What can i say that hasn`t been said yet? Not much, except i have a new reason to buy a pc from this era :) PS People should stop comparing different games, even though they`re in the same gender. But if they must compare them, at least learn the phrase: " I like 'that' more than 'this'. "

darfvader
darfvader

the giant spider mech with the huge red laser (probably can bee seen from space while firing) dosen't sound all that stealthy.

kriz_91
kriz_91

This game is really going to be good...

snake_6483
snake_6483

SUPREME COMMANDER WILL RULE 2007!!!!! LOOK AT THE NUKE!!!!!!! oh yeah and the rest of the units, including the freakin-awesome-giant-walking-spider-robot-of-doom.

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

This will be one of the best games of all time. If it's half as good as Total Annihilation I'll be playing it for the next 8 years. I STILL play Total Annihilation. That game, is by far, the best RTS ever made.

drollia
drollia

looks interesting so far, well think about picking it up when it is out

rsherhod
rsherhod

I wouldn't say this was like starcraft, but it sure is like Total Annihilation (not surprising considering who's making it). UEF = Arm, Cybran = Core, plus the Aeon Illuminate. Really looking forward to this game. It should probably run on most reasonable systems, since besides a high poly count, non of the effects look resource hungry (so far anyway). If you can run Half-life 2 at good frame rate, I'm sure you can run this. Of course it's early days yet.

Game-Absessor
Game-Absessor

Anyone who doesnt even like this game the slightest bit, is probably blind, or metally chllenged, no offense. THIS GAME LOOKS AWESOME!

happydude0101
happydude0101

This game is going to be really tight, I still play TA all the time and i am totally looking forward to play essentially TA with better graphics!!

Gemfire2040
Gemfire2040

This game looks so great. I sure hope it has a good online network for online games

Holydeathman
Holydeathman

Damn... Those units sure look powerful.. And speaking of that, I hope I can play this upcoming game on my laptop..

Toribor
Toribor

Is it just me or does this game just scream Starcraft. If they are anything alike it will be a great game.

roemin
roemin

this game'll be damin good, but i guess that i'll need to spruce up my pc for playin this

killer65x
killer65x

My pc is too crappy to play this :(

blink-jfg
blink-jfg

Wish It Was On A Console Too Like The 360. My Computers Brill But Won't Play Certain Games. This Looks Excellant Though.

splugburp
splugburp

The Cybran Lazer Spiders freakin own. The E3 video of them chewing through the UEF units was awesome. I WANT TO PLAY THE GAME NOW!!!

Phanth0m
Phanth0m

This looks like an amazing rts

Zemmik
Zemmik

All the games I can play with my current gear. next year I want to play this game together with CC3 and world in conflikt. Then I purchase new hardware..it is now too soon to buy new hardware.

swedish-marine
swedish-marine

Would a AMD Athlon 64 3700+ | Gigabyte GeForce 7600GT | 1GB Ram do the trick? I somehow don't realise this game to be too much of a creamy specifications eater - but hopefully they'll show out a demo / Beta demo on this game soon.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

From the video gameplay, it's obvious we'll need around 2GB of RAM to run it smoothly (like for GRAW) since it looks badder than the upcoming Tiberium Wars.

Hikiera
Hikiera

I know there is alot of hype, but it's been a while since a good strategy game has been released, seeing as I don't see a Starcraft 2release date mentioned. And this game looks like it may have the stuff. So naturally there's hype. And I hope it meets our expectations.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Oh yeah, and still have time to play hours of video games on PC and console.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

I just wonder how people can't afford to upgrade their PCs. I myself am living in serious ghetto style (income of $10 000/year), go to university, have a part-time job, still have time to watch Access Hollywood & science documentaries (Discovery Channel), still have a day/night life (go to hip-hop/r&b night clubs), and have a very good PC bought in 2003 (Athlon 2500+, 512 DDR RAM will upgrade to 2.5GB DDR RAM in a month or less, Radeon 9600pro upgraded to X700pro half a year ago, 80GB upgraded to 200GB a month ago) with Ultra high speed internet. From all that I'm not even stressed out or late in anything. And I still have time to do the groceries.

pyr
pyr

Anyone who played and loved TA is already very excited about this game. I'm glad that GS is giving it so much press so that younger gamers may share that excitement and so that they know what they're in for.

Sandro909
Sandro909

Bcstark, you can't even use proper grammer. I'd be surprised if you're over 6.

CCDANMAN
CCDANMAN

The graphics look incredibly detailed and clear, and I am 18, not 12, bcstark.

connordude64
connordude64

Wow, I can't wait for the Supreme Commander Game to come out, a demo is even better!

bcstark
bcstark

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joms
joms

i think this game will be a blowout!!! need to have a better PC...

eaadams122
eaadams122

I feel like it is becoming kinda overhypeage. Not due out till 07 and gamespot spends a good amount of front page space on it for a whole month six months before release? Something smells ammiss. Is this leading to somehting at the end of july?

tycoonmike
tycoonmike

RikkAndrsn: Who cares about "stealth" when you can have firepower? Stealth can insure that you take fewer losses, thus you can have a larger army because you don't have to replenish your losses as much. I really want this game now. Too bad my computer's crap.

RikkAndrsn
RikkAndrsn

Who cares about "stealth" when you can have firepower?