Ok, so I know an instance scales depending on the number of people in the team, but are there other factors like rank, ship or mission level?
I'm asking because I have a friend who may start playing in a month or so. If I join her for a mission while she is still starting out, at a higher rank with a big ship what types of opponents will we face? I don't want to make it to easy if it scales by team size, 6 frigates vs. a cruiser and a light cruiser seems stacked in our favor, but multiple battleships would likely get my friend killed a lot.
I would like to know ahead of time if I should jump back into my starter ship.. or start over so we can level up together.
Its not much of a difference but in beta I was level 12 and my friend wanted to play so I tagged along to help with the early missions, they didn't seem to scale more than usual 2 player team, I was wrecking Negh'vars while they were having the regular challenge against the smaller ships.
In anything that scales, they are also effected by the highest level and the average level. I remember a post in OB about an admiral (40+) helping a lowbie through the first 10 or 15 levels, and the lowbie died a lot to battleships that were about 15 or more levels higher than him.
Helping with a moderately high character works. Helping with the leader of the Federation Fleet...your friend had better enjoy the respawn timer