The Centurion Siege Crawler is the epic unit of China primarily meant for siege and supporting their slow but powerful army.
Costing untold amounts of money and with a development period spanning several decades and multiple secret research facilities, the Centurion Siege Crawler is without a doubt the ultimate siege engine. This unit has been built as an artillery with almost none of the flaws of one, sporting some of the heaviest armor of any Soviet unit ever created. Controlled by a simple, but efficient AI, which controls locomotion and targeting, as well as loading and firing the weapons, the walker is utterly loyal to its Chinese generals.
The entire chassis is built around a massive 420mm cannon, firing huge shells at obscene ranges which can decimate buildings with only a few shots and quick-firing missile launchers, which take all sorts of aircraft down with ease. To further increase its already immense firepower and versatility, the Centurion can seat three infantry, with Yunru being one that spends time inside of it the most.
Although it is a nigh impregnable moving fortress, the Centurion on its own can still be swarmed by quick, light units. Coupled with it's absolutely prodigal building costs, the standard war factories on the battlefield are incapable of producing more than one copy at a time on the battlefield, making the Centurion an invaluable asset that should not be wasted. Additionally, none of the largest transports is capable of moving a Centurion over water, so the location of its construction requires some thought as well.
Centurion Siege Crawler, Chinese epic unit, undoubtedly assumed the majority of the Chinese offensive force. The 420mm cannon can destroy enemy armored units and buildings remotely, and the Yin-Yang missiles can also effectively defend against air threats. Although the slow speed makes Centurion vulnerable to infantry and rapid units, the open-topped feature can make up for this weakness - and the infantry entering Centurion are usually Yunru and Eradicators.
As an epic unit, the Centurion are immune to most battlefield hazards: mind control, hijacking, chrono neutralizing, and the Foehn Blasticade, although the PsiCorps Magnetron can still immobilize the Centurion. The Centurion's more prominent problems are slow speed and fire rate (the minimum firing range can be compensated by the infantry occupants), high cost, and the fact that the enemy usually sees Centurion as their primary target. Therefore, Chinese commanders should not allow the Centurion to be easily destroyed by the enemy after building it.
In Skirmish mode, the Chinese AI occasionally builds a Centurion once it builds an Atomheart. This Centurion always has Yunru and two Eradicators transported inside, and prioritizes structures over anything else.
Good job, the Centurion project we've acquired from the Shanghai base is now a reality. Send 3 soldiers inside the Siege Crawler to increase its firepower and combat potential.
—Soviet intel during Operation: Earthrise after the Centurion is built
- The Centurion first appears at the start of Thread of Dread in the Foehn Home base alongside Yunru who immediately enters it; the Soviet General is tasked to destroy the Centurion and kill Yunru. The Centurion's movement can be heard on shrouded areas within the research facility's perimeter, but they are actually played by loudspeakers scattered throughout the battlefield; it turns out that the Centurion along with Yunru have escaped long before the detonation of the MIDAS warhead that obliterates the Home base along with the Confederation, Chinese and Epsilon forces at the end of the mission (see Thread of Dread trivia).
- Continuing from Thread of Dread, the very same Centurion appears in Machinehead as the target of an Epsilon taskforce. Initially the Proselyte was tasked to destroy it with 16 Foxtrots, but this attempt fails when an Iron Curtain Device is used on it. After the Iron Curtain Device is destroyed however, the Centurion is revealed to have its own Iron Curtain generator that makes it permanently invulnerable, forcing the Proselyte to destroy it with Libra's gravity field.
- By the time of Earthrise, the Russians have perfected the design of the Centurion that they stole from China. In this mission, the Centurion can be built from the Soviet War Factory, requiring a Palace as well as a standard Soviet War Factory (it cannot be built if the player only has Stalin's Fists but no stationary War Factories), at an increased cost of $5000.
The Centurion has an unused sound that would play when it is created. It would be a global announcement to all players that a Centurion Siege Crawler is successfully built.
- The Centurion Siege Crawler was originally found in concept art for Red Alert 2 and Red Alert 3, but it never passed the concept stage as such. It was later recycled into the Reaper unit in Red Alert 3: Uprising.
- The Centurion Siege Crawler uses the voiceset of the Shogun Executioner from Red Alert 3.
- Official showcase of the updated Centurion prior to official release of version 3.3, along with other units
- An official video revealing the return of the Centurion Siege Crawler in version 3.0.