To: SSU STAVKA Intelligence HQ
From: Field Agent XXXXX XXXXXX
Source: XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX (unconfirmed)
Subj: Future of DUST Operations
Tovarisch General XXXXXX-
Overview: During my recent mission to XXXX as part of Operation Babylon, I uncovered a valuable source of intelligence on future developments in the world of VK technology and the respective war plans of the three major warring powers. What follows is my report of these highly probable predications from my unconfirmed sources. I have organized the intel by general subject matter.
Faction Dispositions: All three factions continue to battle over the previous VK resources and technological caches left by the XXXX civilization in the Middle East. Each is expected to deploy reinforcements to the region soon. Axis Fallschirmjagers have already arrived with Raketentruppen. More Luftwaffe reinforcements are inbound and will be launching a new Operation, code name Kondor. As you know, our Steel Guards will be deploying in greater numbers and accompanied by the Steel Guard hero XXXX. In addition, a separate detachment of Chinese soldiers of the SSU will be arriving not long afterward. The USMC continue to deploy to the Babylon theater of operations, though it is believed that their major detachments have already been identified.
In addition to the deployments suspected above, a major new addition to the conflict is expected to arrive by the end of the year or early next. The Japanese Empire is sending massive submarines holding their Vk-powered walker and infantry forces to reinforce Axis positions. However, rumours indicate a split in the Japanese ranks between Army and Navy forces. Navy forces appear to have rejected the Emperor's submission to the Axis hierarchy. Japanese naval forces should be considered rogue and their exact agenda unknown. Japanese forces will likely consist of very heavy walkers, elite infantry such as the Special Naval Landing Force, and a new mechanical soldier our SSU Czech agents call "robots". We also expect to see manifestations of the peculiar Japanese suicide tactics in theater. Finally, Japanese saboteurs known as "Ninja" have begun to arrive and are already infiltrating and spreading chaos.
Rules of War: As STAVKA and all intelligence agencies are aware, the rules of DUST wars have shifted several times over the past few years. This has caused unintended casualties and weakened the structure of our world overall. However, the powers that be are on the verge of agreeing to a new set of the rules of war, meant to last at least three years. Sources indicate these rules for gridded and free-range war should be finalized by March of this year, and will be available as a free publication on the "internet" of global communications. In addition, the profiles of all weapons, squads and notable individuals of the DUST world will be revised and made similarly available. This should allow all current and future participants in the wars of the DUST world to join the fray with minimal impediment. Print copies of these materials will be available for purchase through traditional channels. Future campaign dossiers, however, will still be available only for purchase as is currently the case.
The rules will not be changed too much from the current version. Changes will include improvements to the suppression mechanic. In addition, aircraft will now gain cover saves whenever moving, getting a "faction" save for normal moves and "faction and shield" save for march moving. There will be a refocusing of "platoon" structures into "army" structures. Army structures will reward "pure" army composition (e.g. having all Spetsnaz troops) with an extra 10% point bonus that can be used for purchasing heroes. For example, an all-Spetsnaz army of 100 points would get an extra 10 points for heroes. Neutral and Merc units would not count against this faction purity bonus. This will likely replace the potentially imbalanced "platoon" structures of the current game.
Balance of Power: The current faction forces appear relatively well matched. My sources indicate that the powers that be will see that some troops such as Panzers and Death Dealers will decrease in their effectiveness. In addition the dominance of the Panzer Prince and Wotan will likely be curtailed. SSU Steel Guards will likely gain the Damage Resilience rule. Some other units with obvious overcosts or underpowered weapons will be addressed, such as the Babushka. But overall, most units should remain the same in terms of cost and effectiveness. One exception is commanders and heroes. Heroes will now be cheaper to field, but will not usually have officer abilities unless that is their primary function. Most heroes who fight will lose the officer action and focus on fighting. In addition, it appears the ability to call reinforcements and replacements may be curtailed or eliminated.
Logistics: It is also no secret that the world of DUST has suffered logistical and distribution issues which have disrupted the flow of supplies globally. The powers that be are working on a new distribution plan to engage major distribution networks in order to restore the prior level of market access enjoyed by DUST products. A new distribution officer has arrived from France and is on the job.
The Future: Although this information is the least confirmed in this report, it seems possible that the world of DUST will undergo a transition sometime after the next three years. The battles of the DUST world will likely change in the future, perhaps growing to resemble a three-way "Cold War", should hostilities prove inconclusive in the instant struggle for VK and XXXX technology dominance. At some point, if we are unlucky, the human forces of our planet may find the XXXX aliens have come to our very doorstep!
Summary: All of the above information is unconfirmed and subject to change and the vicissitudes of war. Any errors are my responsibility. However my source is very reliable. The future of DUST is war, Comrade General. New troops, new campaigns, new rules of war, and more are on the way! Let us put our trust in our strong arms and the will of the people, so our world of DUST may prevail!