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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 54
10-10-2011, 10:02 PM
The akira refit is T3, their overarching plan is to have a C-Store ship available of each catagory at each tier. So far they've got the Venture, Excelsior, Rhode Island, and Nebula. Plus the three alternate T1s. And will shortly have the Sao Paulo, Thunderchild, Exeter, and a Saber variant that they didn't have a model for as of STOked visit to the studio.

The Thunderchild only feels like a rip off because we got retrofits for the big iconic ships (Galaxy, Intrepid, and Defiant) at T5, and because of that, when their T4 equivalents got +1 ships they also threw the skins on the T5 refits for zero effort. (though I really wish they'd open up the Celestial and Envoy parts for the Refit Exploration cruiser)

As to why we can't just upgrade ships, I'd imagine that would be word from on high at CBS, cause they don't want a Miranda running around with more guns than a Galaxy spreading destruction in it's wake.