Not hating on the Gila, but I have returned from 4 years ago I see this ship everywhere in highsec.
I have not done a statistical analysis (at least not yet) but most and I mean at least 50% or more of the pilots I see are flying these drone boats. In the past, there was definitely more optimal ships to fly for missions, etc, but there was always a variety of ships in the skies. Now I feel I see the same 4 ships (mostly Gila) everywhere.
Has CCP stopped balancing ships in recent years? I am not advocating for a Gila nerf, but it would be nice to see other ships.
I know this is different in null because ships always fit different roles, but god is the PVE realm dominated by a small ship count now
Best cruiser Alphas can fly, ideal for Abyssal Sites or escalations. You can take some Salvage Drones with you and deploy after a PvE encounter is over. Like the Praxis, another boat designed for Alphas to get into quick and enjoy content.
Yeah, they’re all over the place. A bow to instant gratification for sure. As another poster mentioned, CCP is rakin’ it in selling skins. Far cry from the requisite long, long grind everyone had to endure when I started in 2007. Getting into a top-notch cruiser took years.
I often take a HAC or other Faction cruiser to make things more interesting, but if I just want to get things done quickly, Gila is the bomb.
I think it’s just a factor that Gila has a lot of flexibility and as a cruiser fits a lot of different content. Not always as the ‘best’ ship for the job but it has more builds that fit more content than most other ships.
There may be tasks where the Cynabal is best, or the Ashimmu, or the Orthrus… but Gila is generally good enough to get the job done. It’s been ‘good enough’ for a long time, so a robust supply chain has developed for it which keeps prices reasonable. That plus Alphas can fly it, and it’s effective even with lower SP and player experience, makes it popular for a wide range of players.
I recall about 3 years ago when everywhere I went in high sec and a fair number of places in low, everyone was in a Tengu, Legion, or Machariel. Then new content (and Alphas) came along and a lot of ship choices started to change. Gila is just in that sweet spot of available, affordable, accessible and effective that makes it very common these days.
You implied it, dear. Your reason for it was “i see it a lot”.
If you want to see more ships, be the change you wish to be in the world and use more ships. Everyone else will just play the game they way they want.
You must have done some intense digging to try and find that one time I talked about Gilas for T5 Exotic abyssals.