One thing I have noticed in Star Conflict is that there is absolutely no reason to fly over half the ships in the game. The problem with this is how the tiers are set up. Each tier has three ranks of ships, and they get progressively better with more slots and higher synergy. It only makes sense to fly the best ranked ship in each tier because extra slots really is a huge advantage. Money is fairly easy to get so the idea that people will need to fly each ship in the line to get the next one really doesn’t make any sense. I have always waited until i had the highest ranked ship in a tier before I even started playing in it. I think it would be much more fun if there was more variety in the ships to choose from.
In the long run, Choice is a much better development concept as opposed to Progression. Progression is the concept of giving people better and better rewards for doing a task and is much better suited to the MMORPG genre where they need to trick players into doing boring crap. The game play in Star Conflict is actually fun so I don’t believe that players need to be tricked. They will still seek to get more money and experience to get ships that are different and those ships do not need to be statistically better than the previous ones.
The solution: Ships in a given tier all need to have the same number of slots and same maximum synergy. Ship bonuses and number of missiles can and should be different among ships but they should be balanced. For example, a ship with a less useful bonus may have a better missile layout. I would propose that all Tier 1 ships get a number of slots and synergy level equal to rank 3 ships, all Tier 2 ships get a number of slots and synergy equal to rank 6 ships, all Tier 3 ships get a number of slots and synergy equal to rank 9 ships, and all Tier 4 ships get a number of slots and synergy equal to rank 12 ships. This change would create a lot more variety in the ships people choose to fly and variety adds to the overall fun factor. I fail to see a downside. Make it so.
thanks for reading.