As innovative as OTA was when it was released, it looks a bit dated compared with recent RTS titles.
In TA: ESC, virtually every aspect of the original game has been updated to ‘current’ standards while striving to preserve the look and feel of an official Cavedog expansion.
The Uberhack (UH) and Devolution mods, along with the works of intrepid developers such as Zwzsg, Sinclaire, Archdragon, Storm, Zodius, and many others also make up the TA: ESC’s mosaic of influence.
However, if you are certain that your TA install is setup correctly and there are still problems, please stop by the forums at and I will try and assist with your issue. Most of the major game changes are covered here however.
You may find that part of the challenge (and fun) with TA: ESC is discovering many of the tweaks and cosmetic changes, not to mention Easter eggs, that are not mentioned here.
Documented changes from this version as well as previous builds are always recorded in a change log format included with this download.
As a modification, TA: ESC introduces a considerable amount of changes to OTA.
Some may question the need to modify a classic game like Total Annihilation, but our goals in this regard are far reaching and can be summed up as follows: - Ensure the relative usefulness of every unit via unit rebalancing and additional new units where necessary.