Whatever that you did that you thought was good for the “strategic cruisers” balance ended up screwing their looks, at least for Proteus, and now I’m flying a weird looking castrated obese version of its former glory.
It made perfect sense to have 5 subsystems - weapons, defense, propulsion, electronics, and engineering! Now there are 4, and from 1024 looks, now there are 81 left!
Dumbing down, because it was too much of a thought process for the new players or that people only used few of the system combinations while the rest were just pixel waste, doesn’t make it better. You had to find a way to make that waste worth choosing it, and this is where your efforts should have gone, to expand on that, NOT shrink it.
The strategic cruisers were one of the best customization features in a MMO game that I have ever enjoyed and with this you kind of ruined it.