This image is part of a new video that you can access by looting data off of the wrecks of the Minmatar forces that have been added. It appears to be a faction variant of the Probe. It appears to be a more combat probing-focused Navy variant off the Probe, a Probe Fleet Issue, if you would.
This corresponds to the explorations ships featured as part of the Uprising trailer and splash image. Alongside the Four battlecruisers that do not currently have a Faction type (and the Drake)…
On the other side of the map, the Amarr are building their Stellar Transmuters mostly uncontested. However, on Aug 23 a hackable can, as well as a Solar data record, was added. The data is sought out by Amarr and Minmatar.
Faction frigates aren’t exactly thrilling, though. If that’s the only thing in the “suite of new ships”, it will be quite disappointing. People have been waiting for navy destroyers for ages, for instance, not for navy exploration frigates that are worse than the Astero (or if they are not, then they make the Astero worthless).
It’s also weird that the picture features the Drake and the Ferox. Tin foil: CCP makes the drake into a rail or blaster platform and the ferox into a missile platform.
Here’s the thing, because these sites are contestable and can be taken by one side or the other (referring the Vard, Egmar and Turnur) I suspect that the first initial rollout will be these frigates.
But overtime, as whichever empire controls these (resources) and are able to (mine/harvest) them, they will eventually grow into bigger ships.
They will only be able to use a small amount of resource gained from these transmuters intiially, which to me makes sense on why its just smaller ships at first.
Its like this.
1 month, Amarr controls (Vard, Egmar and Turnur)
1 week after the month, more of these plans begin showing up, maybe with another activity that gives bpc’s (this is the probes we see now)
1 week after that week, we see more of these plans dropping with more bpc’s (this time a larger ship, probally the destroyers)
1 week after that week, even larger.
Honestly there are so many different ways this can rollout into bigger ships, but its not going to be initially. There isn’t going to be some magical date to where they announce new ships of all different lines.
In regards to the new ships deal, I’m not sure what the fuss is about it inregards to looks. There are only a few ships that are navy class that actually look different firetail, hookbill are examples. The minute you hear navy you probally should assume they wont look that different.