|Latest version||v2.0a (June 16, 2004)|
|Release date||January 1, 2001 (v0.8) |
December 26, 2001 (Eagle Red YR)
|Requirements||Red Alert 2 (-v1.5) |
Yuri's Revenge (v1.8-)
Eagle Red is a mod for Red Alert 2, and later Yuri's Revenge, which features the Asian Alliance faction, composed of China, Japan, and Korea. In versions for Yuri's Revenge, the Asian Alliance faction replaces Yuri, splitting its arsenal between the Soviets and the former. The mod also adds in new units for the Allies and Soviets.
Overview[edit | edit source]
In addition to adding the Asian Alliance in place of Yuri, the mod replaced some of the existing countries as well. Cuba and Yuri were removed from the game to make way for the Netherlands and China. The final standing of the three sides in 2.0a was the Allies, consisting of America, Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands; the Soviets were reduced to Russia, Iraq, and Libya; and the Alliance included China, Korea, and Japan.
Some of these countries had their own new country unit. America lost its paratroopers and were given the SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird could not be seen on radar, and fired one very powerful missile; one hit would destroy a power plant or Tesla reactor. The Netherlands could build the Missile Frigate, a medium armour vessel which could fire a barrage of unguided missiles. It was most useful against coastal defences and installations. The Libyans lost their Demo Truck and got the Terrorist, which could take on the appearance of another unit. Another new unit was the Chinese MLRS-89. It was essentially a lightly armoured ground version of the Missile Frigate, but with lower rate of fire and greater damage. Korea kept their Black Eagle, but they received a huge attack increase. Japan received the Tsunami Carrier, which launched bio warfare planes called Wasps.
Development[edit | edit source]
The mod was developed by Eagle and Phiend. The Asian Alliance was never fully completed, but was released in the 2.0a beta release. Certain units had either no cameo or recycled ones, and there was some borrowing of unit sounds, but the Asian Alliance was a playable side. The Eagle Red mod had several other public releases, the most popular being v1.5, the last release to support Red Alert 2, and v1.8 for Yuri's Revenge, the final complete release.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Some criticisms of the Asian Alliance were that they were too difficult to play, and too overpowered late game. The AA had little defence against tank rushes, as their ground forces were horribly weak. However, the AA superweapons were far more powerful than those of the other two sides. The Asian Ion Cannon could easily devastate a medium sized base in a single hit. The Asian Chaos Storm wrecked havoc, especially when used on incoming forces or on base defenders. Perhaps the largest complaint was the ASDF paradrop. The ASDF were essentially Navy SEALS, but with the ability to call in a kamikaze airstrike. The Asian Military Academy was the requirement for receiving them, and thus a priority target when fighting against the AA. This broken unit was never fixed before development halted.