|“|| Ten years before the war, as the moods of Russian people are changing unfavorably for the Allied forces residing in Russia's territories, two skilled soldiers arrive at the site of American laboratories in Ukraine, where its habitants begin to leave the area.|
- Mission description
Operation: Archetype is a Soviet Covert Operations mission and the prequel mission for the Soviet campaign. It takes place ten years prior to the Third World War and involves a Soviet operation to recapture the remains of Chitzkoi and Volkov as the Allies withdraw from Eastern Europe.
Twenty years have passed since the Second Great War. In those twenty years, the Soviet Union, crippled and downtrodden, has slowly been making strides to bring itself back to the fold. We don't know how much longer it will take, but when it does we shall spark a great revolution across the globe. However, that time for that will come later, after we've rebuilt. And to do that, we need to take back technology we've lost.
When the Allies emerged victorious, they stripped us of all our military assets and left us with just enough to defend our borders. Of those, we lost all our cybernetic research. We thought it would be lost to us forever, especially after Volkov went berserk and we were forced to destroy him, however we've discovered that the Allies have kept all our research in one of their bases in Eastern Ukraine. With tensions growing between the Soviet people and the Allied occupation forces, they appear to be preparing to leave the eastern territories and ship everything out of their bases. If this happens, we'll lose our chance to recover our tech, and who knows what the Allies could use it for.
We'll be sending in two of our best soldiers: Boris and his protege, Morales. You will lead them on this operation, but we cannot afford to be detected, so it will be conducted in the dead of night. Be careful comrade, there's no telling what dangers could be lurking in the dark.
Objective 1: Find and infiltrate the Soviet Tech Center.
Objective 2: Get the acquired goods to the specified location.
Finding the tech center
Shortly after their deployment, Boris and Morales made quick work of enemy G.I.s and Rangers. Morales scouted ahead using the watch towers in the area while Boris was dealing with enemy tanks, and infantry, clearing the way for Morales. They headed north-west, towards the facility. It was heavily protected by Flame Towers from several directions, though Morales made quick work of them by shooting the barrels that the towers were using as ammunition.
Escaping with the "goods"
After securing the area from all infantry and tanks surrounding it, Morales and Boris waited for the robot prototype to reach the center and then go the other way around. Morales entered the tech center and then got into the truck containing the cybernetic bodies of Russia's previous heroes before driving out of the facility.
Boris followed ahead of the truck, securing the path to a safe area nearby. Shortly after the truck made its escape, Boris followed it to the extraction point.
|“|| The new generation of Soviet heroes, Boris and Morales, have recovered the bodies of the old ones - the cybernetic man Volkov and his dog Chitzkoi. If we can bring them back to life, we will be one step closer to our revenge on the Allies. Victory will be ours.|
- Yuri's message
Confused and troubled, the Allies did not know who was behind the heist, nor did they did not know their motives, They only knew the revelation when the Euro Alliance base in Paris was destroyed by Volkov and Chitzkoi.
Over the, said, course of ten years, the Allied Nations would lose contact with their intelligence network in Asia. Their troops would be pulled out of Russia entirely while the Soviet rearmament would be complete. Along with their asset, the newly created PsiCorps, they would show the Allies that they are not invincible and to show the world of the 'great revolution'.
In this mission, Morales and Boris are significantly weaker than they are during normal gameplay. Boris's rifle does less damage and Morales' sniper rifle cannot depilot vehicles (he can still kill unit within line of fire and still cause heavy damage to armored unit as well). Also, neither hero can call MiGs to attack buildings due to the Soviet Union's air force being dismantled at the time, rendering buildings invincible unless if there are explosive barrels near them.
The Soviet Tech Center will randomly spawn in 3 different locations, meaning that it won't always appear in the same spot in every playthrough. The locations are either in the southwest, northeast or adjacent to the center of the map.
Keep in mind that the prototype Terror Drone is very lethal in this mission since both heroes have reduced firepower and will take more than one shot to kill the drone if it is provoked.
- The mission uses two unique music during gameplay.
- The first music is also used in the loading screen of Awake and Alive.
- Oddly enough, there are grey-colored PsiCorps Troopers (which were only identified as Enemy Infantry) around the map. They are the cause of the commotion around the Allied base once Morales and Boris has completed the first objective. The troopers and their mind control victims will only attack Allied forces.
- This is the only mission where Fog of War is enabled, which covers already explored areas with shroud after some time.