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Ceres is an alternate location available for skirmishes through The Ceres Initiative DLC. It will also appear 25% of the time for ranked play and daily challenges. You are not required to own the DLC to play ranked games on Ceres, but must own it to participate in lobby games or single-player skirmishes.

Differences[edit | edit source]

Buildings and Patents[edit | edit source]

Removed Buildings[edit | edit source]

Wind Turbine
Geothermal Plant

Removed Patents[edit | edit source]

Carbon Scrubbing

Added Resources[edit | edit source]


Added Buildings[edit | edit source]

Nuclear Plant

Added Patents[edit | edit source]

Transparent Aluminum
Liquid Batteries

Terrain[edit | edit source]

The types of terrain available have changed, as well as some of the distribution propensities for existing terrain types. New terrain features have been added as well.

Caves[edit | edit source]

Some tiles are now capable of Slant Drilling a resource tile adjacent to them by default, without researching the patent.

Salts[edit | edit source]

Salts provide a 50% bonus to Greenhouse Farms and Glass Kilns.

Ice[edit | edit source]

Only Water Ice occurs on Ceres and it may exist anywhere on a map, rather than being restricted to the northern section.

Time[edit | edit source]

Sols on Ceres only last nine hours, compared to the 24 hours and 40 minute Sols on Mars.

Auctions[edit | edit source]

Auctions occur every other Sol, at 04:00, with the first one occuring on Sol 5.

Debt Interest[edit | edit source]

Debt interest is still accrued every Sol at 0:00, but because Sols change roughly three times as often, interest rates have been divided by three across the board (though compounding can mean that interest builds up quicker on Ceres).

Day/Night[edit | edit source]

Daylight hours: 02:00 to 07:00 or 5hrs
This means that Solar Panels and Solar Condensers are only operational for about 56% of the time instead of ~65% of the time on Mars or Io.

Random Events[edit | edit source]

Marsquakes and Dust Storms do not occur on Ceres.

New Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Diminishing Resources[edit | edit source]

Resource deposits will now diminish when 500 units of that resource is extracted from them, including from Slant Drilling. Each time a resource diminishes it will be reduced by one level (i.e. from High to Medium), but will never diminish below Low.