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Oh Look, Another Ship

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Cryptic has been releasing a plethora of ships lately. I'm going to assume that they've come up with some formula that allows for quick and easy creation of ships. Maybe a couple designers who combine various parts and reshape them, a few data specialists who analyse the current ships and come up with a variety of stats to choose fun, and then someone to approve all the concepts. It's clear Cryptic has become adept at creating ships. Are there too many?

I do find it ironic that to write this blog because I remember a time when players said there weren't enough ships. We needed more options and wanted specific ships we had seen in the shows and movies. We can't say Cryptic hasn't listened. Still I can't help but wonder why there are so many? With the addition of T5-U and T6 ships, the number of them is constantly increasing! A new ship comes out so it gets a T5-U and/or T6 version, then a fleet version is added. Multiply that by three factions and we're given at least 6 ships at a time. I haven't even included all the variants that exist.

Then each ship its own universal console and T6 ships get a starship trait. Granted the console and trait are standard across a series of ships when they're released, but its still a lot of stuff being added. I used to be able to keep track of the ships in this game and have a pretty good idea of what each one was good for. Now they are just a bunch of ships that I may look at if I'm in the market to buy a new one, otherwise I really don't care.

My guess is that they are making a ton of money on all these new ships. You have some people out there who are ship collectors. They will spend the money on ships and ship slots just to "catch 'em all" (pardon the Pokemon reference). Is it too much? Are we reaching a point where Cryptic needs to pull back a little? Leave your thoughts below and while you're at it, if you have a favorite ship let us know.

Written by Attilio on August 02, 2015 at 11:38 pm


eaglescoutdjb (Member) said...
August 03, 2015 at 07:13 am

I think it's too much unless the extra money these new ships are bringing in is going to be used for something like a new server. I don't think the lag is ever going to be fixed without one and the lack of recent work on the lag makes me think Cryptic has come to that realization too. If they continue to release new content for both STO and Neverwinter without upgrading the hardware they are going to eventually break both games.

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aaaict (Member) said...
August 03, 2015 at 01:33 pm

Agreed... Cryptic doing what Cryptic does best... milking cash out of us players. People have been screaming for a new server and people have even asked to crowd fund it, but i'd imagine that its just going into PW pockets and not doing much.

On another note, while its nice that there are new options, i was rather disappointed to find out one morning that my $20 investment into my precious fleet avenger had been made completely redundant by, the for me, rather ugly looking arbiter...

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cmdrscarlet (Member) said...
August 05, 2015 at 09:22 am

In short: no.

Players want it all. We are not in the mood to give-and-take.

So, if they are pushing out ships, then resources are being spent for that. If we want better game performance, then content and shineys have to wait. Cryptic will never find that balance because the players won't let them.

Is it too much? No. Do they need to pull back a little? Maybe, but I'd say no because I have the hope the revenue is going somewhere useful (other than making new ships).

Favorite ship recently has been the Resolute. Hands down.

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Warburton1881 (Member) said...
August 07, 2015 at 08:42 pm

I have stopped paying attention to the new C-Store ships. I have more ships now than i know what to do with, and each new one is simply another set of equipment to craft or buy. I do have a weakness for the free ships that come out during special events, but even those have gotten to the point where about half of them are still in their boxes.

As for favorite ships, i have several. For looks, I like the Odyssey and the Regent Assault Cruiser the best. For firepower, I like the Dreadnaught, the T6 Ferengi ship and my best Escort (I forget the model). The Vaadwar Cruiser was a waste of effort as far as I'm concerned because it only packs light weapons. it's like the Yamato with three inch guns for its main armament. I have mixed feelings about the Manticore. It looks good on paper, but I haven't had real good luck with it in actual practice. I almost think the Chimera is a better ship overall.

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Gameverseman (Member) said...
August 12, 2015 at 05:09 pm

Cryptic/PWE don't give an ounce of care

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Gameverseman (Member) replied...
August 12, 2015 at 05:22 pm

Sorry, the rest of my post didn't go through.

We, as the players, were "made" to spend 500 Zen ($5 USD moreover, $10 USD since that's the lowest possible package) or grind and slave away to upgrade our now obsolete T5 ships. But then Cryptic/PWE has the audacity to release T6 versions of those said ships!? Not only that but they also falsely advertised the new T6 ships i.e. the Guardian Cruiser. It was advertised as an upgrade to the Galaxy.... yet they came out with the Andromeda? Anytime I bring these types of issues up I'm often countered with the real-life car example where "your car doesn't stay relevant and neither will your ships". Wrong! My ships that I purchased are still, for all intents and purposes, in mint condition. However, they are no longer what I paid for. I paid for favorable relevant ships. Besides, comparing real-life to in-game is like comparing broccoli to cauliflower....they look the same but are totally different. Moreover, as it is obviously clear, the ships I paid for are no longer relevant. Airgo, Cryptic has commited theft. But the EULA exempts them from this. So, before they decide to pump out more money-grabs, reparations need to be made.

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