Personally I think this is the WORST thing that STO can do to the game!!!! So now they are going to turn it into WOW, where if you don't have the special drop item from doing the raids as a hardcore player, then you are basically S.O.L. as a PVP'er in any run.
I hate the Borg, I think they are a great enemy to have in the game, but even the discussion about having them as a playable faction makes no sense what so ever in a light RP sense.
What I have loved about STO up to this point is the fact that the casual gamer can compete and mix and match their builds to compete with their play style. Are you seriously sitting around saying to yourselves "We should be more like WOW", NO!!!! WOW was great for a little while when it first started, then went to good, now it is at "Meh", sure it is fun for the guy/gal that had the Korean skill farmer rank up there guys and get the gear for them. But for the REAL average player it is LAME IN PVP because of this stuff.
This equipment is about to STOP all of that and make it Borg centric. If you don't have the "I WIN" equipment in your ship then "You Dont".
I will not be using this equipment personally, and if I see that it has become impossible to even dent an opponent in PVP because he/she has chosen to basically assimmulate then I wll probably stop playing PVP all together and potentially PVE if STO decides to scale missions based on the Borg tech, because they suddenly become TOO easy with that crap on their ships.
This is why most casual players (people with work, real life, etc) stopped playing WOW seriously. They were getting sick of losing to someone who had all the best stuff compared to the theirs, because they didn't have time to do the raid to get the gear. This will make things lame and the flames on the forums will be nasty.
I love being able to keep my ships equiped with Star Trek cannon style weapons (i.e. Disruptors for my Klingons and Phasers for my Feds), I get that some people prefer other types, but designing weapons and equipment that is "better than average" will tip the scales ina bad direction.
That my opinion, whatever! Let the Flame War begin with the Borg sycophants begin.