So lets say as a player, I want to focus more on engineering and I choose the Cruiser as my ship. Does that mean further down the line I'd be able to do something like have faster engines as opposed to a player focussing on tactical with the same ship?
I assume that's where we're at so far? It looks good from an MMO perspective, though I wonder if the hardcore ST fans will complain about the "cannon" type weapons? Either way, I'm pretty happy so far.
I think the cannon weapons refers to phaser cannons like those on the Defiant class, or disruptor cannons like those found on Birds of Prey. So I think that your assessment is right, escorts will be light, maneuverable ships that can bring a lot of concentrated fire on a target.