Earlier in the Vat out of Hel update, Light fighter speed was for some reason nerfed while their signature radius was changed to match the same as that of heavy fighters. The resulting update had no description on as to why CCP thought this was a good idea or needed change, and they seem to put absolutely no thought into why it would make sense or what plain stupid scenario it would create such as the one shown below (A light fighter being slower than a heavy fighter while having the same signature radius as the heaviest/slowest fighter in the game)
That defied common sense and logic to the point to where I was certain it was a bug instead of an intelligent balance decision and reported it as such, but apparently its legit. This also means that it would be easier to shoot light fighters than it would be to shoot heavy fighters. I made an earlier post asking exactly who or what thought how this could possibly be a good, sensible idea, and the responses I got from players devolved into an argument of how “EVE IS A DEAD GAME. CAPITALS ARE KILLING THE GAME AND SUPPRESSING SUBCAPS!!! THEY SHOULD BE NERFED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE” or “BRO CARRIERS HAVE GOOD DAMAGE APPLICATION…” (end of statement, as if that’s apparently enough to justify the nerf). That was utterly worthless.
As far as CCP is concerned, they just seemed to be mindlessly biased against drones/fighters in general, because the situation this change creates is similar to the drone aggro change which would easily break mechanics of the game or make the game look stupid if even a 10 year old kid put minor thought into it, but CCP decided to go with the strategy “Nerf first, and then turn on our brain later” which resulted in them pulling that change back later. That’s a massive red flag to me.
It’s a bit demoralizing to see a game balanced from a viewpoint that goes so far as to defy common sense and reason to achieve what appears to be whatever the devs feel like on a whim. If they’re willing to balance and build a game to the point to where they break their own game mechanics or think heavy, anti-capital fighters should move faster than light fighters (because they just don’t like light fighters?), then I don’t think I want to proceed or keep subscribing, because that kind of thought process is repulsive no matter what its applied to. Maybe I’ve got the wrong idea or maybe this game’s developers aren’t for me, but either way, I was told to post this here to the CSM forums.