Even though Operation: New Earth just launched on the App Store, the game has been available on Steam for almost two years. The great part about the Android version is that it is essentially the same game. This serves to show just how far mobile technology and mobile developers have come in the past few years.
If you want to know our first impressions of the game and gauge whether this is something you’d like to play, you can go ahead and check our review. There, you can read more about the basic mechanics, as well as the balance between p2w and f2p elements. In this article, however, we’d like to focus on the most important things ONE beginners ought to know and do.
1. Become Somebody
Nobody wants to play with people who don’t care enough about the game to even give their profile and/or hero a name. Even if you’re one of the most passionate Operation: New Earth gamers, other people will inherently stay away from you if you don’t choose a name for yourself.
To change the default identifier, click on settings and then go to change name. This will change your profile and base designation: essentially, what others see when they check out your base on the global map.
2. Join an Alliance
About 5 minutes into the tutorial, your Headquarters will have reached a high enough level for you to join an Alliance. You can be the most intelligent and financially committed player from your entire region, but if you don’t join others, you’ll likely buckle under the pressure of coordinated attacks and resource farms.
There will always be a few recommended Alliances, but it’s more advisable to not rush into things just yet. Start talking on global chat and ask around about dedicated groups of players. There will be fewer of them, but the effort is well worth the reward. Having a unique IGN will also go a long way towards establishing relationships with potential allies.
The benefits of joining a good alliance are manifold. They will assist you in lowering construction and research timers, give you tips on what to do to progress faster, and maybe even lend a hand when you’re attacked by somebody else.
3. Always Be Working
This is a cornerstone of good RTS gameplay. When time is of the essence (your beginner shield expires in 4 days), you need to use this initial period of invincibility to your advantage. Once this timer is up, anybody – literally anybody – can attack and plunder your resources. To get ready, you’ll need to keep busy at all times.
Since construction, training, upgrading, missions, research, and resource farming all take (increasingly higher amounts of) time to complete, the best way to play is to simultaneously do as many things as you can. Basically, what you need to do is launch the game periodically and ensure that you always have 7 tasks running.
4. You Can Never Have Enough
As you’ve probably noticed by now, resource requirements for upgrading buildings increase on an exponential basis. Even if you clutter your entire base with production facilities and waste valuable research technologies on improving these – which we do not recommend, you still won’t have enough to ensure everything is running at all times.
Consequently, you have to get used to farming neutral resource nodes on the global map. Vehicles usually have a higher load than infantry, so you’ll need plenty of them to be able to maintain a steady supply of materials. Dropships, ONE’s version of deployments, are also necessary. Why wait on one army trying to farm a single node, when you can have three of them going for different resources?
If you want a boost to your army’s load, you can also include the hero in the dropship, but they’ll likely have better things to do.
5. Don’t Forget About Hero Skill Points
If you’ve played any of the myriad RTS MMOs currently on the Android marketplace, you know that your hero’s skills can have an outstanding impact on your gameplay. They can increase production speed, lower building timers, bolster your defenses, and more. There’s a reason why they’re called heroes.
To maximize your base’s potential, we do not recommend you recklessly activate any of the gathering/resource farming abilities. You can find out why in our guide to playing Operation: New Earth on BlueStacks.
6. Into the Wild. You’re on a Mission
The folder on the bottom right corner of your HUD takes you to the mission overview. Here, you can see main quests that you can complete, which you should absolutely do with every chance you get, as well as your daily and alliance tasks. You can start off with the ones that require the least amount of time and, as they become fewer and fewer, you’ll have to pay less attention to them.
They might not seem important, but these three tabs give out an abundance of resources in the early game. The more you do, the more you get. It’s as simple as that. To get access to alliance missions, you’ll have to join one yourself.
7. Think Big
So far, we’ve worried a lot about what you need to do right now in your Operation: New Earth base. However, you should probably take some time to figure out what it is that you want from your playthrough in the future. This is a healthy way to establish in-game goals, since it will keep you engaged with the game world, as well as help you figure out what needs to be done next.
For instance, we don’t know whether we want to take this account all the way to the end game. If you chose to do so, many of the decisions you make now will likely have a larger impact later on, such as the right choices in the Hero or Research skill trees.
So far, these are the most important tips and tricks for ONE beginners. If you also play Operation: New Earth on PC with BlueStacks and you feel we’ve missed on important information, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments section below.