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Author Topic: Talking Tech & Lore in Fireteam Elite  (Read 147 times)

The Necronoir
Sep 27, 2021, 04:13:50 PM
Topic on: Sep 27, 2021, 04:13:50 PM
Like many people here, I think half of the appeal of any Aliens game is the contributions to the human technology side of things, and this is certainly an area where Fireteam Elite has gone well beyond any other single entry, in my opinion. So I thought it worthwhile to start a thread where we can obsess over elements in the design of the spacecraft, weapons, equipment, and other tech.

To get the ball rolling, one of the things I was immediately interested in was how the weapon pods retract on the new dropship. Between its appearance in the Endeavor, where everything appears to be fully-deployed, and later in the Katanga, where most things are retracted, I think I've figured it out.

The front missile housings obviously just swivel down 90 degrees to sit flush with the fuselage, similar to the old Cheyenne class, but no longer leaving the missiles exposed.

The elevated rear missile pods no longer fold over each other in a "crossed-arms" kind of configuration. Instead, the arms appear to lower until they are perpendicular to the fuselage, then fold back on themselves at the hinge marked by a slight bulge. The pods themselves also swivel down 90 degrees from their position when deployed so that they sit square with the rest of the fuselage when retracted.

Something that isn't clear from these screenshots is whether there are cavities left when the rear pods are deployed, or if something else occupied that space.

Hopefully we start to see some concept art and design documents as people on the team start to update their portfolios.

« Last Edit: Oct 12, 2021, 04:25:04 PM by The Necronoir »

Sep 27, 2021, 08:10:37 PM
Reply #1 on: Sep 27, 2021, 08:10:37 PM
Good analysis! I gave that thing a good walkaround and I like most of the changes. The loss of the Harrier thrust vectoring nozzles makes a lot of sense, as do the rather janky 'crossed arms' wings. It's honestly impressive how much art and design work has gone into this game, when they could have just set it earlier and used the same tech (part of me wishes they had, but another part enjoys the attempt to move things along).

I've given my thoughts on the weapons here; and in that case we have an earlier 'draft' of the redesigned pulse rifle to compare -

From the datamined content it looks like the revised plan is to release a take on the traditional PR UGL *and* and underbarrel incinerator;

Unclear as to how these would attach to the stock M41A2 though...

The Necronoir
Sep 28, 2021, 03:02:06 AM
Reply #2 on: Sep 28, 2021, 03:02:06 AM
From the datamined content it looks like the revised plan is to release a take on the traditional PR UGL *and* and underbarrel incinerator;

Unclear as to how these would attach to the stock M41A2 though...

Sounds like it has the potential to be similar to the under-barrel attachments in Colonial Marines, where you could switch out the grenade launcher for a shotgun attachment (and possibly another that I can't recall right now).

Just to round out the dropship analysis, I found the following two screenshots on reddit, which confirm that there are armoured plates that cover the empty rear missile pod housings when they're deployed, and that they do sit slightly above the contours of the fuselage when stowed, leaving some of the ordinance exposed.

A big question I have is about the APCs. I haven't finished all of the campaigns yet, so maybe it's revealed later on, but so far I'm confused as to whether the boxy containers seen in the Endeavor (one loaded into the dropship, and another sitting off to the side) are supposed to be APCs. The wheels seem more along the lines of what you'd see on a dockyard crane, and not at all suited for traversing even slightly uneven terrain. As such, my first instinct was that these are come kind of cargo and/or passenger container that can be swapped out with an APC when the mission demands it. Anyone have any ideas?


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