In a PodcastUGC interview with Captain Gecko they asked about the sci/esc/cru dynamics. Gecko stated that they focus more on escorts as more people spend money on them. Because of that they give escorts more love. VERY disappointing.
My fears exactly.
More love=more ship releases, they were not implying they try to make escorts op.
You're right, I don't have stats. I have this, though.
"Romulan ships tend to be large and heavy, making them somewhat slower and less maneuverable than comparable Federation and Klingon Defense Force ships. The iconic D?deridex, for example, is larger and more resilient than the Galaxy ? but considerably slower as a result."
This is from Dev Blog 3.
Slow ships with cannons aren't as useful as fast ships with cannons. I don't think many people will argue with this, after all if you can't get the cannons aimed at the enemy they're useless. This is but one of the things that makes the JHAS so deadly.
Logic follows that if your ship can't turn fast enough for cannons you're going to have to fit on beams or torpedoes. (I seriously doubt there will ever be a ship that only packs mines and nothing else.)
I seriously doubt that they will invalidate the Feds and the klinks by making the Romulans noticeably stronger or have wildly stronger powers. If they do that then who will play (and pay for items from) the original two factions? That being said, apart from a few new fancy powers they're just going to be green ships that will blend in to the PvP background. Any serious PvP Romulan will just fly a JHAS.
Cryptics blind lust for the profits generated by escorts will hurt the Romulans.
So..... Oddys, Bortas, Most carriers are no good in PVP ?
Did you listen to it? Did you take the time to? I did. I listened to it once and owing the very long length of it I'm not going to listen to it again to find the exact time when he says it.
He says that escorts are the best sellers and that they will focus on making more escorts than anything else. It's that simple, cryptic PR is bad but not "we want to make the game more imbalanced" bad.
With an emphasis on the tactical use of potent abilities stemming from advanced Romulan technology, Romulan Warbirds are built to fight like the Romulans themselves ? with a high risk, high reward style.
So, just maybe, they have some high criticals or special overload attacks. Or extra high level tac slots.
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He says that escorts are the best sellers and that they will focus on making more escorts than anything else.
The way I see it, It's BECAUSE escorts are more overpowered than science ships/cruisers/etc that they are the better sellers. If this game was at pre-F2P levels, science ships would be the better sellers with at least some more cruisers being sold.
And it shouldn't be the case that "escorts are stronger than most ships and that is how it should be". If they actually leveled the playing field a little bit more and somehow made cruisers more viable in PVP/PVE, they could have more sales across the board.