: Obviously numbers are subject to change but CIG have repeatedly shown that ships are high value assets and income is low value, the suggested in-game price for the Polaris as an example (25m-30m UEC), CR talking about hard and fast ramp up for ship cost etc and at the opposite end, the low amount one earns for trading/mining etc in the PU.
Towards the end of the stream they visited a ship dealer on Hurston where we got to see in-game prices for a few ships. The cost and time involved based on the mission they had just undertaken made those prices seem extortionate, ie 4000 UEC for an hour long mission with an upper mid-range ship costing 21.5 million UEC (so over 5000 hours to obtain at that UEC p/hr ratio).
These numbers are based on income being 2.5x higher than what was obtained in the demo
- Aegis Hammerhead: 21.4 million UEC, this $650 ship now costs $21,429 in game, will take 2143 hours to earn which is almost 2 years at 3 hours per night.
- MISC Prospector: 1.6 million UEC, this $155 ship now costs $1620 in game and will take 162 hrs, almost 2 months at 3 hours per night.
- Origin 85X: 616,000, this $50 ship now costs $616 in game and takes 62 hours, almost 3 weeks at 3hr p/night.
- Aurora LX: 220,900, this $30 ship now costs $220 in game and takes 22 hours, about 1 week at 3hr p/night.
The question then, is how long will it take to earn a $1000, a $1500 or a $2500 spaceship?
My concern is that this will just push people away from the game, not only will it create a mega-disparity between those that have bought ships and those that haven't but it will also make grindy F2P games look like an absolute breeze, it is masochism on a whole new level.
When Elite started it would take about 2-3 weeks to earn the top end ship and people found that way too intensive. Once you had the hull you then needed to A-grade the modules which could quadruple the value of your ship. SC will be doing something similar, are people really going to spend 6000 hours maxing out their ships? That's almost 6 years maxing out a single $650 ship...
I can understand that CIG need to give wallet warriors value for their money but do they only want wallet warriors playing the game?