OK...... I can't see a reason for this the ships work fine if set up right and yes they are closer to cruisers than escorts, I always think of them as light cruisers .
I have taken these "escorts" into Elite STF's and not died once and have seen many good captain fly them damm well and some Captain less so.
If you are going to make this change at the very least let the KDF have the same changes to keep some kind of balance.
Also since every player has access to both factions and its not really a Fed or KDF player type of issue since you can play either side whenever you feel like it. I believe these changes and attitudes when making decisions shouldn't be biased towards a specific faction tbh but as we have seen with the armitage and this buff talk that there are plenty of problems to be fixed with the KDF. Nonetheless there are changes with the federation and nothing being done for the KDF that actually needs the attention more.
I'd be honest though the way the game is going though even if there were more ships or whatever or revamps that are needed I probally still wouldn't get interested in the game again because of the fact that it doesn't change how the game feels just by hopping into a new 20-50 dollar ship (Oh yeah that also means if you put a ship that costs more into the game its not going to change my feelings towards whats going on either).
Last edited by zeuxidemus001; 06-21-2012 at 12:05 AM.
The new Heavy Escort Carrier is already extremely survivable, that Lt. Comm engi slot with an EPTS:3 and a few Damage Control Doffs is simply unbelievably tough. That said 2k is not very significant, most deaths in STFs come from the invisible torps of doom that one shot just about everything, so that little extra won't help. And in PvP maybe the +1 turning will have an impact, the extra 2k health.... not so much (its the age of death by a thousand tractor beams after all!)
I think the upgrades are an appeasement made to people mistakenly thinking that just because its an expensive ship/s it should somehow be much, much better than anything else. Cryptic is not blameless in this, the Armitage should've cost 1600 CPs, not 2000. At least it didn't have 3 variants.
Hit points I could see...many an escort captain blows up in STFs
Then it's their own fault. Escorts are already extremely survivable/tanky (a Fleet Escort pretty much has the zombie capacity of a lower-end cruiser) and the game has not been crying out for higher escort survivability whatsoever.