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posted 01-18-20 01:31 AM EDT (US)
This is a huge suggestion that might be a little bit iffy for game balance, especially since it only really works for eight of the factions. For this reason, it would be optional for scenario balancing.
I've been wanting to see space construction in the game (in other words, buildings that can only be built in starfield "terrain"). This would have relatively simple mechanics with a profound effect on gameplay, taking inspiration from the game's water and navy mechanics.
When enabled, the player would choose one of eight compatible factions: Rebels, Empire, Consortium, Republic, Confederacy, Trade Federation, Resistance, or First Order. Custom scenarios with the system enabled could still feature all factions in an unbalanced story-oriented manner, but multiplayer and quick matches would be limited to these eight.
The mechanics would also enable these eight factions to engage in space-only battles with the Command Station taking the place of the Command Center as the starting structure.
Bomber units would gain the ability to attack capital ships as explained below. I'm not sure if there's a way to have capital ships in a unique category where units meant for land attacks could also attack them alongside proper AA units.
A new unit would be available for production at the Command Center: the
The shuttles can cunstruct
For resource trading, a
For defense, shuttles can build
Militarizing the stars, the first unit production building that the player will likely construct is the
Building in scales to rival land and sea battles, the next level up from the Starfighter Factory is the
Rebels: CR90 Corvette
Empire: Raider Corvette
Consortium: Crusader Gunship
Republic: Charger C70
Confederacy: Diamond Cruiser
Trade Federation: C-9979 Carrier
Resistance: Resistance Gunship
First Order: Oubliette Gunship
Empire: Carrack Cruiser
Republic: Arquitens Cruiser
Confederacy: Wavecrest Frigate
Trade Federation: Munifex Cruiser
Resistance: Vakbeor Frigate
First Order: Nebulon-K
Rebels: MC30c Frigate
Empire: Strike Cruiser
Consortium: Vengeance Frigate
Republic: Pelta Frigate
Confederacy: Modified Hardcell
Trade Federation: Lupus Missile Frigate
Resistance: Free Virgillia Bunkerbuster
First Order: FO Light Cruiser
Rebels: Assault Frigate
Empire: Victory Star Destroyer
Consortium: Pirated Acclamator
Republic: Acclamator Cruiser
Confederacy: Munificent Frigate
Trade Federation: Captor Cruiser
First Order: Maxima-A
Rebels: MC80 Cruiser
Empire: Imperial Star Destroyer
Consortium: Keldabe Battleship
Republic: Venator Star Destroyer
Confederacy: Providence Dreadnought
Trade Federation: Lucrehulk Battleship
Resistance: Resistance MC Cruiser
First Order: Resurgent Star Destroyer
--- Empire Star Cruisers and Heavy Star Cruisers fire faster
--- Rebel Corvettes and Space Artillery move faster
--- Consortium Space Artillery deals more damage per shot
--- Consortium Corvettes have better HP
--- Republic Space Artillery has better HP
--- Republic Heavy Star Cruisers repair garrisoned starfighters faster
--- Confederacy Star Cruisers deal more damage per shot
--- Confederacy Corvettes are cheaper
--- Trade Federation Corvettes can garrison 4 starfighters and repair them over time
--- Trade Federation Space Artillery fires missiles for better range
--- Resistance Corvettes are produced faster
--- Resistance Space Artillery fires faster
--- First Order Space Artillery can garrison 4 starfighters and repair them over time
--- First Order Heavy Star Cruisers have better HP
While the bulk of the fleets fight it out, it is wise to further explore what might not actually be dull, empty corners of the map. There's a chance you could come across some unexpected advantages to attain that much-needed edge over your opponent.
In a battle with land and space development occurring simultaneously, space units could take part in the hectic skirmish over land and sea. These hulking starships can unleash withering barrages on the surface, with Corvettes shattering Air Cruisers and mowing down infantry, Star Frigates incinerating mechs, Star Cruisers melting heavy weapons, Space Artillery bombarding buildings, and Heavy Star Cruisers scorching the land itself.
However, even units as powerful as these quickly fall victim to their surface unit counterparts. They are all large enough for Cannons, Artillery, and Mechs to attack them. Mechs are best used against Corvettes and Space Artillery while Artillery, Cannons, and Air Cruisers are very powerful against Star Frigates and Star Cruisers. Coupled with the already powerful Anti-Air units available, no starship is invulnerable, not even the mammoth Heavy Star Cruisers.
On the flipside, units like Air Cruisers can be brought into the space fray as lighter fire support units. Regular Space Artillery would outmatch it in a one-on-one fight and it isn't nearly as good against Bombers, but it could still provide much-needed long-range fire against larger targets.
In conclusion, I have an overactive brain and thought this sounded cool. No idea if it's a practical suggestion at all.
[This message has been edited by NobleNerd (edited 05-19-2020 @ 09:42 PM).]
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