Please consider making factionskins (of the Main 4 Factions) available for every ship on a relatively small budget (in the capitals maybe), or let us dye parts of the ship in an Editor to create a smiliar effect and support additional optical diversity (or uniformity, as players see fit) within shiptypes.
Some players might enjoy the design of their chosen faction (for example Minmatar). Now that there is war between the 4 factions, ships get espionaged, stolen, pirated and so on and players drift away (optically) from their initially chosen faction and ships of other factions get used on a regular basis. I would like to have the possibility to represent a certain main faction in my ships visuals even though I use another factions shiptype.
A few examples:
A Minmatar Player builds/buys a new ship (an Amarr Omen). They might want to use that ship as a Minmatar dyed/skinned Omen. They use the next appearence facility / base / Faction SKIN Shop and can customize the Omen appearence to resemble a more Minmatarrian Design. (Which, on the most simple implementation of this idea, is just changig white and gold to red and brown colors). Maybe premium versions can be available with additional solar collectors (in the Minmatarrian example) or maybe they can be integrated in the standard version, as CCP sees fit.
Some players, who enjoy playing a law abiding capsuleer, might want to use the best ships to hunt their counterpart individuals and thus need to use similar ships as pirate faction ships are quite the meta. The above example applies again, they can change to a visual faction version and enjoy flying their now faction true ship. This is also a quite logical thing lore wise since I think the Main 4 would research their enemys ships quite heavily to make this technology their own.
Corporations/Alliances/Federations might want to use similar lowbudget skins to look uniform and fly a large impressive fleet in the name their chosen faction. If these groups want to maintain a certain independence the ship dying editor would be a great addition to maybe just dye a certain ship-part or a certain color to show their allegiance.
I’m sure there a more examples and application possibilities, though these are the main ones for me.
Please feel free to comment and add feedback as I’m curious of what other players think of this idea and what are additional pro’s and con’s.
Fly safe o7