This thread is for speculating and suggesting ideas for confirmed features. At present, this is the list:
New Factions: Players decide whether to become Loyalists or Rebels, which unlocks a unique new tech tree granting them new technologies and ship variants.
New Titan-class ships: Massive warships for each race that dwarf capital ships, these deadly new monsters are capable of wiping out entire enemy fleets single-handedly.
New Capital Ships: A new capital ship class arrives, giving players new strategic options.
New Corvette-class ships: Small, highly maneuverable light ships that are adept at a variety of tasks.
Loyalist and Rebel versions of some of the existing Sins’ frigates and cruisers, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
Updated lighting and particle effects for enhanced visuals.
New Victory Conditions to allow for more variety, differing strategies and shorter game sessions.
Additional capital ship ability levels, for greater strategic choice.
Impulse::Reactor support for chat, friends, achievements and more.
While I know this community has a wealth of creativity and ideas, I want to keep this thread focused on stuff that's going to make it into the game. So, as much as we all know that people want a campaign, that's not on the list. Feel free to write any comments, suggestions, ideas, or random responses to any of the stuff on the list.
So without further adieu, my own ideas and reactions:
Please, please, please have built-in map/mod transfer. Thank you.
New Victory Conditions
Victory conditions I'd love to see:
Domination: Control at least 60% of the galaxy for at least 30 minutes. The timer counts down twice as quickly if you control at least 70% of the galaxy, and six times as quickly if you control 80%. Victory is instant at 90% control. Uncolonizable gravity wells do not count to this requirement, but pirate bases do.
Artifact Excavation: All artifacts locations are revealed at the start of the match (there will be at least 2 per player under this game setting). To win, your team must control at least 75% of the artifacts (so if there are 5 artifacts, you must control 4 to win). Victory is instant when you achieve this.
Mega-Weapon: Super-weapons are disabled under this game mode; instead you build a “mega-weapon”. Its position on the tech tree replaces the super-weapon tech. The cost varies by faction (more for Vasari, less for Advent, compensating for prerequisites), but once it completes a count-down begins until it activates. Successful activation causes that team to instantly win the match. The location of a mega-weapon is revealed as soon as construction begins.
Contract Acquisition: All players can bid on a special contract to win the game. In order to win, you must maintain the higher bid for five consecutive minutes. Unlike bounty, this bid never depletes and does not contribute to anything except winning the game.
New Capital Ships
First off, I'm still hoping for the Dunov, Revelation, and Antorak to get some love. They've always come across as a bit "rushed" and never have really shined on their own. The guidance rework is a nice start, but doesn't quite get there. But hey, new caps, let's talk about what each faction could use:
TEC: I'd love to see a “command class” capital ship that focuses on controlling the battlefield. The only capital ship ability for TEC that's anything like this is targeting uplink. Here's a concept ability to see what I'm talking about: Disruption Matrix: All units, friendly and hostile, in an area of effect around this capital ship are immune to all special abilities. Persistent effects that are already in play are not removed.. Wouldn't that go nicely to counter guardians or subverters, eh?
Advent: With the Progenitor, Rapture, and Halcyon already providing more fleet support than Advent could ever need, an entirely different approach should be applied here. Advent could really use a true “dreadnaught” like the Marza or Vulkoras, since the dinky Revelation certainly doesn't apply. Pack it full of hard-hitting combat abilities and good frontal weaponry, and perhaps an ability that has stricter cooldown limitations to finally give a good combo for guidance.
Vasari: What do Vasari really need? They have great combat options, great support options, great specialty options... easily the most well-balanced capital ship lineup. I guess the only thing left to add is the sugary cereal to go with the balanced breakfast. How about an industrial capital ship that has the special ability to act as a frigate-factory, enabling it to produce units mid-battle (uses a cooldown rather than a build time, so the unit is produced instantly)?
Titan Class Ships
This one really gives me pause. What is the role of titans? What is their purpose? With capital ships and starbases both countered by bombers, and bombers being the dominant late-game unit to begin with, it would be total overkill for titans to be the same. So I'm actually rooting for some relatively strong anti-strike craft weaponry on these guys. The question becomes, what should their weaknesses be? They can't be unstoppable engines of destruction, after all.
Here's what I'm thinking:
Titans should be weak against capital ships and – wait for it – light frigates. The titans should have special abilities that require antimatter, but unlike capital ships they are not immune to the disruption abilities of light frigates. Once drained of antimatter, titans are much easier to take care of.
All titans should have anti-structure, anti-frigate, and anti-strike craft weapons. This enables them to be used to take down starbases, and tightly-packed frigate/SC forces. They use their antimatter-based abilities to boost their combat performance and plough through enemies, but are less powerful in the long-run once depleted and lack good weapons against high-durability targets that are not structures.
That's my angle on this issue.
Am I the only one hoping we see a Skirmisher that gets phase missiles? One-way ticket from least-used unit in the game to everyone's favourite light frigate.
Eh, I'm gunna stop myself there...