"Q: (cylon74656) Will the Steamrunner Class be available for those of us who don?t play through Steam? And also, when will we see the Typhoon Class playable in-game?
Dstahl: The Typhoon Class is a dreadnaught that will most likely not appear as a playable ship until we increase the skill point cap to full Admiral. Even then, we haven?t yet decided if this will be a player ship, but we can be convinced to make it so if there is enough support for it."
Either way, the Typhoon would have to go through a process similar to what the Scimitar went through. It is entirely possible that the Typhoon will be a Tier 6 ship. Being a Full Admiral IMO means that you can promote bridge officers to Captain and have them pilot your unused ships like C-Store and Lockbox ships you tire of and put into drydock to fight with you in combat and go on missions similar to duty officer assignments. Tier 6 ships would be only controlled by the Admiral while you can let your promoted Captains to command anything up to Tier 5.5 so any current Lockbox ship, C-Store ship, and Fleet ship.