First of all, sorry that I am suggesting you you borrow ideas from the other team, but it is good concept. -> Not originally my idea.
So here is what I am talking about :
So basically if you research this one it takes 30% from flying other ships, but 130% when flying the previous ship.
So, if you need 4000 research points and you fly different plane or different series and let’s say you get 500rp per match you will get about 150/match, but if you fly the previous model of the ship you are researching you will get 650/match, assuming you fly the whole fight with it and not being shot down early.
So, how does that translate into SCon you may ask ?
Here is what m thought is (sorry for not providing earlier tier’s example, but I have nothing not full before r10, but this concept is pretty neat for newbies and low level players!):
So, I have Kite max level. I also have Kite-M bought. I also have Black Bomber.
If I fly kite then certain % of the synergy gained (only when Kite is on max level) transfers directly to Kite-M,
because it is basically the same ship and you have experience flying it, but 0 to Black bomber, because it is different.
None of the synergy is gained as bonus unless Kite is max level. Even though you can buy Kite-M as early as lvl 7.
None of the synergy is gained if Kite is max level, but Kite-M is not bought.
This will ease the transition from T1 to T2, T2 to T3 etc.
Because you can buy R4/7/10 ship and continue playing with your previous ship for awhile. Then just switch to the same ship(basically) but on new tier.
R4/7/10 have the bad reputation of being bad for the tier they are in, but if you can play the previous tier and start using them on synergy level 4 or 8 it will be way less struggle and more enjoyment.
The catch : Unless you actually go and max them out you can not gain synergy for the next one.
So you can not get synergy for R5/6 on your R3. (Unless there is direct transition R3->R5)
If it is R3>R4>R5 then with R3 you can synergize your R4 to certain level and then play it as a stable ship earning Synergy (once it is maxed) for R5 or jump to R5 directly, having no bonuses there at all and starting the struggle of synergy level 1. Your Choice.
Premiums remain exclusive method of free synergy. With them you can level w/e you want, while using w/e you like.