Well, I agree without about people feeling cheated. But MMO’s do have churn, and capitals will become special again to subsequent generations.
Moreover, I’m beggining to doubt the value of “aspirational goals”. Yeah, it can keep people engaged and logging in. But I’m not sure that it’s the best way to hook players. But this is a can of worms, and I don’t want to write a 2k wall of text right now. So, I’d rather ask what other people think about this.
And then you have the matter of balance, and trying to figure out how the new tier fits into the meta. Has to powerful enough to be worth it, but not oppressive to subcaps (or even other capitals). Has to be expensive enough to compensate for power, but not so expensive that players feel like it’s turning the game into a grindfest. Has to be desirable enough to be an aspiration goal, but not so powerful that it renders newer players noncompetitive or irrelevant. Nor, can it be so powerful and expensive that only the biggest groups and richest players can afford it. This would allow them to be oppressive to other players and groups, as well as make them feel like they are significantly disadvantaged… unless you make Turbocaps sufficiently vulnerable to less expensive ships, which will undoubtedly make turbocap owners upset. I mean, we already have players complaining about how their shiny ships can die to less expensive whaling fleets.
Meh. It’s going to be a tightrope at best, and an impossible task at worst. And, what’s interesting to me, is that the bittervet nullbears who think that CCP doesn’t know what they are doing are the very ones that are trying push CCP to a change that could have absolutely disastrous consequences if not handled correctly.
Yeah, this is some… interesting logic going on here.
And let’s not forget the fact that I heard CCP Devs (Fozzie perhaps) say that balancing around ship cost doesn’t work. Don’t get me wrong, I think ship cost can and should play a role in balance. But trying to mitigate a ships power solely on cost hasn’t exactly worked out in the past. When ships had tiers, everyone flocked to the highest tier. And players turned caps from organizational assets into personal assets.
Anyway, I could go on, but instead I’ll just curse Destiny Corrupted for being quicker on the draw than me. Me, and my walls of text. Meh.