I want a 3rd @ RA1 T5 ship choice that has the same BOFF station/console slots as the new Refits. Could care less about the spiffy abilities that make them only available at VA1.
Don't even have to design new skins for em, just make 'em just like the Refits minus the special ability, call 'em Prefits . . . available at RA1 versions of the VA1 ships that need to be field tested by their captain before the final unique systems are added at VA1.
Well..different people have different tastes...and you just happen to like a ship design that I hate.(and a lot of people with me)
artic1337.... this thread is about how a ship looks,and not about function and what BO stations,powers and consoles it should or shouldn't have....and this is a thread on ship designs at lower tiers and not at RA or VA.:p
And it's not just about the tier 3 sci ships either,some don't like the tier 2 escorts or the tier 4 cruisers.And if you love the look of the tier 3 sci ships you might find the tier 2 sci ships hideous...
The basic design at all tiers is the same,tier 3 sci ships have the sphere hull and tier 3 cruisers have 4 nacelles,etc...,and if you happen to hate a certain look,you're either forced to fly a ship that you find ugly or change ship classes...and to me that is no choice at all.
Well, personally, I would perfer the upgrade option ( but that is another thread, so........)
Perhaps Cryptic could design new models for each rank in this simple fashion ( which wouild only require designing a new ship tier, no additional model work):
When you achieve a new ship tier, you get two options for each category of ship, a static (unchangeable) model of the previous tier or the standard (changeable) model of the current tier. So ,as an example, when you achieve Lt Commander rank and decided to select science ships, you could choose the standard (changeable) model and customise it as normal, or acquire a static( uncustomisable) Miranda model (with identical capabilities to that tier of sience vessel). This could work as well for cruiser (Centaur) or escort (Shi'Kahr) classes.
As you leveled up, this would remain the case. A Commander would have as a choice of either the standard ( customizable) ship of the type he prefers, or one of three static ( noncustomizable) models from the previous tier of that type ( a Vesper or Constitution for example if he selected cruiser) with stats identical to that tier. It would still be a ship of that tier, with the exact same configuration of weapons/etc, just a different model. Although Cryptic could decide to alter the stats slightly , if they felt so inclined .
In a way they are already doing this with the new refit Admiral ships and with those that had the TOS Constitution (with a particular preorder) as a Light Cruiser. This would effectively be the same thing as that, with cryptic deciding on any changes they felt would be necessary to a particular model ( including no differences at all from standard tier).
If we get refits and retrofits of lower tier ships to tier 5, maybe this will also give a chance for new ship skins? Sure, it would probably be a C-Store thing, but it would be a thing that could benefit low and high tier play, unlike the current costumes that only "help" at RA level and up. Heck, maybe even the lower tier versions could be for free at low tiers. (In that case I would suspect that new refits would become C-Store items, though. It would be hard to justify having people give the option to refit a lower tier ship but pay extra money if they use a specific ship part.)