Borticus, something that has bugged me for a long time is the fact that dual heavy cannons are basically identical to regular dual cannons, but are a bit better because of cycle times. This has lead to an entire class of weapons that never gets used. It also looks sloppy to those in the know, and stands as a sort of testament to poor deign.
I've suggested a specific solution countless times, but it has always fallen on deaf ears. Now that we finally have what seems to be an active and responsive dev presence on the forums, I'm going to suggest it again:
Increase the firing arc on regular dual cannons, and decrease the damage. For example, you could increase the firing arc to 60 degrees, and decrease the base damage by 10% to compensate. This accomplishes a few objectives:
-A currently worthless and redundant weapons type gains a place in the game
-You help out certain cruiser builds that are a little bit too slow to make proper use of dual heavies.
-Regular duals can serve as a kind of "training wheels" for less experienced escorts in PvP, and could end up the better choice for escort vs. escort duels regardless.
If you guys don't want to introduce a new weapons type (I'm calling it new because if we're honest DCs and DHCs count as the same weapon type) then please just rid the regular dual cannons from the game and turn them all into dual heavies so people who don't know better aren't gimping themselves.
Regular DCs have 90 degree firing arcs as opposed to 45 of the DHC, and are better suited for low-turn-rate cruisers that can mount them.
They have the same dps as DBBs, but benefit from cannon boff skills making them pull ahead in terms of dps compared to beams.
They also fire faster than DHCs, therefore they proc secondary effects more often.
ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ RIYOTT ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ: Have you wondered that maybe all the things they've added to the gaem lately is to literally make PvP unbearable? Because everything they've added has no use in PvE at all; we know the big boss hates 14 yo min maxers
single cannons need an improvement too, make them act like a single barrel DHC so they are at least distinguishable from a turret shot. they might even be a weapon an escort would consider using around a lot of other escorts then, instead of being something just the galor or excelsior might use