I think it will have excellent forward guns, high top speed yet poor turn rate (for an escort) It will be bigger than most escorts bit like the armitage. Bit like a light destroyer than an escort. Thats my theory anyhoo.
This would be my guess as well, it'll probably have a boff layout like an armitage so it can be the large big gun battleship people keep asking for. If they go that route I'd guess.... turn 12, inertia 80? Might even need to do a Gurumba like transformation to use the fifth weapon slot, gimping its turning further. More of a light cruiser with a tac boff station focus and a healthy amount of defenses.
Those two aspects would be directly at odds with each other. No point in having almost all of your firepower forward if you can't bring it to bear.
Not necessarily... imagine equipping it with 5 forward DBBs or a combination of DBBs and torpedoes. It'd be a fantastic long range artillery ship. Admittedly I'm not sure how well that would work in PvP but its pretty clear PvP considerations aren't really a top Cryptic priority unless some nasty combos work their way to PvE.
Edit: As others have said, 5 forward weapons lots makes obsolete all other escorts unless this thing is gimped in ways we can't begin to imagine. If its not properly balanced... anyone else notice this ship would be coming out as fleets begin to get to T5 shipyards, and making T5 ships obsolete?
Last edited by skyranger1414; 02-17-2013 at 01:56 PM.
If they are giving it 5 forward facing guns, one possibly way they could balance it would be to use a dirty trick and make some of the default guns fused, like the modules in the temporal ambassador mission.
5x DHC in the front arc would indeed be pretty broken.
But if the ship comes with a fused beam array and a fused photon torpedo launcher, then that mitigates some of the potential damage.
Another possibility is it's 5x fore and 0x aft. No cutting beam and no turrets would probably keep the total dps reasonable.
Maybe some combination. Fused beam array, fused torp, and only 1 or maybe 2 aft weapons.
Either way, we don't know anything till they release stats. It might not have 5x fore weapons. It might have them but only 2 tac consoles. Or a turn rate of 3. Or less hull/shielding than a shuttle. We really know nothing at this point.
Will not play much till they fix the fleet-mark situation so no need for a new ship.
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