Exactly as i or anyone else could have pointed out last November. Can fly up to cruisers. Can’t use T2 variants of anything - most importantly T2 weapons. Even for Frigates last year that was beyond silly. Now Alphas have access to Battleships. And no T2 weapons.
And even on smaller tier ships, say you rely on a shield boost amp. Want a T2? Not gonna happen. It really makes no logical sense. I could see if it was a game changer of some sort. But it’s little more than an arbitrary module in this case which is a tool to use on a ship if your fit suits it.
Not being able to use any tier of module for the ship class you’re able to fly is one giant question mark.
If there’s anything that can even remotely change the course of the game some way - it’s allowing anything Nullsec related to Alphas. Dictors, Stealth Bombers. Tactical Destroyers, i suppose are debatable but i could see it since they’re such contenders for PvP.
Really think about this for a second. Alphas now have access to PIRATE FACTION SHIPS. Those ships are essentially neutered and more or less useless if not fit with more potent modules. And even the supplementary skills to finesse performance are out of the equation. Limiting cap skills and basic fitting skills.
If it were up to me? I say neuter from here and just keep alphas where they were. Or very close to it. You can literally acquire a faction module with LOWER skill requirements which performs BETTER. Or? Down to the basic basics; limit all things Nullsec. Plain, simple. You want to experience the “sandbox” of self-sufficiency? Go Omega.