I realized after having a discussion with a bittervet (this might tell how young of an eve player i am) that before ORE was a thing everyone used any random hull to mine. which at that point made me realize why haulers were reffered to as “industrials” and not “haulers” or something of the like.
I think some chages and additions can be made, it does have a large blank space on the bottom of the ship tree.
i’ll list off the new setup of the way i think the classes can be adjusted and what they will include.
Transport ships- the new name for industrials, which will will gain a more accurate name. i’d also say from a lore standpoint the fact that the caldari and amarr hate the gallente they really should have their own ore and pi haulers.
Specialized Transport- the name for the current transport ships, these will remain unchanged unless ccp has any ideas up thier sleeve for new special haulers.
Cargo barge- the pinnacle of what this expansion would be. a larger, beefier version of the standard industrials. this would contain one standard hauler and (maybe) one ore hauler, each with somewhere between double and triple the capacity of their smaller cousins. since being bigger vessels they would have overall more ehp and more mass.
adjustment to the align times- i made effort into this instead of making a general statement. I found these percents in gains/drops for align time by taking the following t1 cruiser and base-model hauler and averaging thier align times.
Vexor and Nereus
Maller and Sigil
Rupture and Wreathe
Caracal and Badger
I would like to note that when i mean drop/gain i am referring to whichever hauler class i’m talking about. industrials/transports will see a reduction, whicle the barges will recieve a gain.
by looking at the math, and using the caldari ships, a badger that currently does 11.27 stock now moves to 8.90 and the unknown cargo barge is going to have an align time of 13.63. although you may ask, after looking at the ship tree “that means a badger can outwarp a caldari battlecruiser!” you’d be right, but some battlecruisers can still outwarp these haulers, such as the drake navy and oracle can still out-align a badger. a talos, can out-align a badger. i think it isn’t too powerful of a stat change.