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A thought occurred to me this morning that grew rapidly into a brilliant idea (or so I'd like to think), And I'm curious to hear others' opinions on it.

Basically, it started as a humble question: why do the Devs go through the effort to design and implement completely new ships for the C-Store/Fleet Store/etc. when there are perfectly viable designs already ingame as NPC ships, standing and waiting as perfect C-Store fodder?

For example, the Typhoon. It's been here since launch (IIRC), people have requested it for as long as I can remember, and the Devs have always responded "maybe," or "not for a while." Why? It's a popular ship, and all it really needs is a facelift. No concept designs, no approval by CBS (save maybe to decide if it should be playable), just a CG-makeover and it's ready to go.

And then there's the KDF's allies' various fightercraft. The Orion Interceptor, the Gorn Naga, and the Nausicaan Stinger. Not to mention the Orion carrier-pet shuttles. Starfleet outnumbers the KDF in regards to small craft by a very nearly 3-to-1 ratio (the KDF has 4, while the Feds get a staggering 11). For a militant faction like the KDF, it makes sense to have a bunch of fighters anyways.

Now for the KDF's NPC big ships. The Orion , Gorn, and Nausicaan frigates, cruisers, and battleships (I have big ideas for the dreadnaughts, see below). The frigates could be Commander-level ships, the cruisers Captain-level, and the battleships Brigadier-General-level. Easy enough.

Now for the big ones: the dreadnaughts. The Starfleet Jupiter, the Orion Warbarge, the Gorn Balaur, and the Nausicaan Ravager. These shouldn't be anything less than VA/LG ships. Furthermore, I remember a Dev (can't recall whom) stating in an interview a while back that they wanted to do "broadside-capable" ships. How about this: instead of implementing a completely new type of weapon slot for port/starboard weapons, why not a weapon (specifically some type of cannon) that can be slotted fore or aft (as usual), but has two 90-degree firing arcs angled out the sides of the ship? You could call them "Broadside Cannons" (just a suggestion), restrict them the the aforementioned four dreadnoughts, and even put extra ones in the D-Store, a la the Galor's Spiral-Wave Disruptor Arrays.

Honestly, not to sound like a fool, but I would pay GOOD ZEN for any of these ships (please, though, no lockboxes). What do you all think?
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# 2
10-22-2012, 10:12 AM
*Cough*
I've been pushing for the Jupiter (and the Typhoon) since I began playing 2 years ago. At one point the supporters and I got the devs to say they'd possibly be adding the Jupiter and Typhoon into the game at or around season 6ish. Needless to say that never happened.

Quite frankly I'd pay 4000 cryptic points for the Jupiter, but I'm starting to doubt if they'll ever actually put the ship into the game. For some reason Crypric's been quite averse to the idea of putting any of the NPC ships in the game (Jupiter, Typhoon, various Gorn/Orion/Nausican ships).

I keep plugging away in the Jupiter Forums (Link in my Signature) but I've never once had a dev actually comment on anything brought up within them.

Plus there's the fact that quite a few of the community here on the forums throw a fit when they think of the Jupiter or Typhoon being added.

I'm a lifer, I can wait...
/sigh
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# 3
10-22-2012, 10:16 AM
Yes add them. Please!

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# 4
10-22-2012, 10:41 AM
I'm not a huge fan of either, but yeah sure variety's good.

That said the current models aren't high enough quality to be used without being reworked, I suspect that's why it's not an easy copy and paste, but yeah, it's weird they've never taken these on board, I can only assume it's a CBS block on the Jupiter as it's more or less dissapeared from the NPC lists too.
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# 5
10-22-2012, 12:35 PM
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That said the current models aren't high enough quality to be used without being reworked, I suspect that's why it's not an easy copy and paste,
Exactly what I mean by them needing a facelift. Especially the Jupiter's nacelles.

When you think about it, wouldn't reworking an existing model be a little easier than creating a brand new one from scratch? Or even working on a brand new one from the ground up for a preexisting ship (ex: the Jupiter), which would probably be no more work than (once again) creating a brand-spanking-new design altogether?

I know it's just wishful thinking, but hey. We got our T5 Heavy Escort, our Assault Cruiser Retrofit, our Fed Carrier (TWO, as a matter of fact; THREE if you count the Recluse), our Vesta... I can spend a straight hour naming the stuff we wittled the Devs down on.

So who knows?
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# 6
10-22-2012, 12:41 PM
They are phasing out the Jupiter from the game, I see no reason why would they make it a player ship.

If anything they should finish that and replace all the Jupiters by Galaxy-Xs or Odysseys.
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# 7
10-23-2012, 06:00 AM
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I'm not a huge fan of either, but yeah sure variety's good.

That said the current models aren't high enough quality to be used without being reworked, I suspect that's why it's not an easy copy and paste, but yeah, it's weird they've never taken these on board, I can only assume it's a CBS block on the Jupiter as it's more or less dissapeared from the NPC lists too.
As far as I know CBS was ok with the Jupiter staying in the game, it was originally used as a placeholder for the Galaxy X before it first came out. The only reason it's been phased out (that I can find, and trust me I look) is because it has been replaced with the ship it was intended to be replaced by.

The Typhoon has no such backstory, I'm surprised that it has not been put into the game sooner.

Yes, the current models of both are not up to snuff, but as myself and countless others have said in the past, it's infinitely easier to polish a model and add some weapon hard points than to make a new ship from scratch.

It surprises me with all the money grabbing that Cryptic and Perfect World are doing that they wouldn't just add the two ships for some quick cash, as I've said before I'd pay for it... And others would as well.

What it comes down to is Dev time and they have other things to do. My only tif is that we've been calling for ships like the Typhoon and Jupiter since the game started and we've even been told that the Jupiter and Typhoon would be distinct possibilities for this past season. However, everyone at Cryptic seemed to have forgotten...

Ah well, I can wait I suppose...
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# 8
10-23-2012, 06:12 AM
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I can only assume it's a CBS block on the Jupiter as it's more or less dissapeared from the NPC lists too.
They've hardly disappeared - all of the named Dreadnoughts in the new Starbase Fleet Alert mission are Jupiters.

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I don't really care whether the Jupiter and Typhoon become playable; I think they're the two ugliest Fed ships in the game. But if making them playable adds some new skins that show up on NPCs, I'm all for it.
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# 9
10-23-2012, 07:32 AM
Typhoon I'd love to see and buy.

Jupiter, not so much, rarely have I seen an uglier ship.
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# 10
10-23-2012, 08:20 AM
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I don't really care whether the Jupiter and Typhoon become playable; I think they're the two ugliest Fed ships in the game. But if making them playable adds some new skins that show up on NPCs, I'm all for it.
Really? This game has the Horizon Class, and the Trident Class, not to mention the Imperial, and Nomad Classes. Suddenly the Typhoon looks beautiful.
However the Jupiter is ugly no matter what.

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