By now you’re probably familiarwith the Assault and Heavy dropsuits. For those of you just joining us though, the gist of it is this:
Infantry dropsuits are wearable armor that DUST mercenaries customize to meet the disparate challenges they’ll encounter on any given battlefield. Each dropsuit type has a unique slot configuration and powergrid (PG) and CPU that inform the decisions you make when customizing your chosen dropsuit. PG and CPU is consumed as you fit weapons, equipment and modules to your chosen dropsuit.
The brute force tactics of the Assault and Heavy are useful, but a well-rounded squad needs the finesse of a Scout and the support of the Logistics suit in order to be truly effective in a constantly changing battlefield environment. Speed is the Scout dropsuit’s primary advantage. Combined with a low scan profile, it allows the wearer to move undetected by basic EW equipment and rapidly close in on enemy units if spotted. Armed with a shotgun or module-enhanced nova knife, the Scout is lethal at close-range. Despite being grossly outmatched, skilled Scouts are able to kite the slow-turning Heavy, methodically whittling away its armor while staying out of harm’s way.
While less capable in a stand-up gunfight, the standard Logistics suit’s three equipment slots offer a host of offensive and defensive options. While other dropsuits need to make hard choices about what equipment to use, the Logistics suit can simultaneously fit gear perfect for scanning out hidden threats, setting up temporary spawn points, deploying remote explosives or repairing and healing allied units.
Gallente military doctrine places a premium on human life, favoring technological solutions that augment or even entirely replace human combatants in a conflict as part of an on-going effort to minimize loss of life on the battlefield. To this end, Gallente forces have access to some of the most advanced armor systems in the cluster.
The Scout dropsuit is a lightweight suit optimized for enhanced mobility, multi-spectrum stealth, and heightened awareness. Augmented joint servo motors give every movement extra speed and flexibility, while integrated friction and impact dampening materials reduce the overall sound signature.
This high-tech suit is coated in adaptive camouflage, a thin layer of bio-hermetic membranes interwoven with microscopic optical sensors that control millions of individual pigment ferro-crystals. An integrated AI-53 “All Eyes” sensor system wraps around the inside of the helmet, which also includes a chemically scrubbed atmospheric filtration system.
When missions call for speed and stealth, situations in which heavily armored suits would be more of a burden than an advantage, a Scout dropsuit is the best option. The enhanced mobility it provides makes up for its relatively low protection, and when combined with stealth technology modules, the scout suit is the obvious choice for infiltration, counter-espionage, and assassination.
Native Minmatar tech favors straightforward solutions, a consequence of the fledgling nation’s indigent past. Used to working with limited resources, Minmatar scientists and engineers have made good use of the cutting-edge equipment allocated to them, creating a high-tech armor system that is at once an homage to the traditions of the past, and a bold statement that speaks to the future of the Minmatar people.
The Logistics dropsuit is outfitted with the latest in integrated diagnostic technology, most of which revolves around maintaining the condition and efficiency of squad mates and their equipment. As such, a soldier equipped with this class of dropsuit becomes a force multiplier, greatly improving the overall effectiveness of the unit.
Utilizing a combination of high- and low-tech equipment, operators of the logistics suit are able to make effective repairs to installations, vehicles, and even other soldiers; every apparatus required for field triage is present and easily accessible from the utility pockets and satchels attached to the suit. Its hydraulic assisted exoskeleton allows the wearer to effortlessly hoist heavy equipment, while the helmet is packed with material scanners sensitive enough to spot microfractures in layered steel.
When deployed, a soldier equipped with a Logistics suit fills a vital tactical role in small unit operations and full-scale warfare, providing both, medical and mechanical support.
The battlefield is a selfish place. You work together with your squad largely because it benefits you in some way… typically, that benefit is staying alive. Nevertheless, teamwork is an important facet of DUST 514’s gameplay, and the Command dropsuit is the lynchpin of this philosophy. The only suit capable of equipping squad modules, it provides area-of-effect bonuses to allied units or cripples enemies caught within range of its modules’ effects. We’ll talk more about it and the Pilot dropsuit in a future blog.