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The Research Facility holds the key to the advanced weapons and technology of the ECA. This includes access to the ECA's Battlefield Prototypes should the proper General's Promotion be unlocked.


The European Research Facility is a complex structure that houses the staff and equipment of various top secret military projects that have only recently been cleared for field testing. The threat of the Russian invasion has forced the ECA to tighten their schedules and send these rare prototypes into combat. Only little is currently known about their exact nature besides sketchy rumours, ranging from a super-heavy "Manticore" tank over an armoured exo-skeleton dubbed the "Venom" to what appears to a militarised version of an ESA orbital payload delivery mechanism codenamed "Pandora". Due to the complexity of the projects and the scarcity of the necessary materials, ECA commanders can only choose to develop and deploy one of these prototypes. In addition to a very powerful experimental weapon, each project also grants additional benefits. At the same time, the Research Facility provides the ECA with a number of additional technologies that are somewhat more mundane than the secret prototypes, but nevertheless vital for the advanced stages of a battle.


Ability Description
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Danger Close Barrage
Fire a barrage of 6 artillery shells at enemies around the structure; if no enemies are present the shells will be dispersed around it. Each shell causes 100 EXPLOSION damage over a radius of 50 + 100 to 30 GATTLING damage over a radius of 50 to 80. With Cluster Munitions the shells also release 4 cluster bomblets on impact, each causing 12.5 EXPLOSION damage over a radius of 20. 150 seconds cooldown.


The Research Facility unlocks all of the ECA's Tier 2 units and structures and provides advanced upgrades. It also researches the ECA's famous Battlefield Prototypes research protocols and produces the unit associated with each protocol. It is vital to keep the fragile structure alive, for without it you cannot produce the unique super-units.

Do note that the Research Facility's model changes according to each protocol, and the player is locked into a specific protocol once it is activated.


Behind the scenes

  • Before 1.85 the Research Facility was known as the R&D Compound and had a different model.

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