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Now forgive my ignorance if this has been previously answered but I'm becoming more and more interested in this game - however I can't seem to find an answer to the major deciding factor if I would get this game or not...
Does everyone just get a ship, or do you have to serve under a captain for whichever faction to eventually work up to the point where you can get a ship to captain yourself, and have players be your crew?
The reason for this is... if everyone just gets NPC's on their ship or 'Ship Life' doesn't even enter into the equation, well that's kind of lame... weak really. HOWEVER if I can have a ship and my friends are all my crew - when it's time for combat I have to steer and my friends have to arm the cannons and fire themselves and it takes every single member of a crew working together to win a fight - then I'm SO INTERESTED. Imagine the duels especially once the ships are close enough for boarding - and the two crews must go head to head in PvP.
I love a lot of the approach that Flying Labs is doing for this game, but this is fairly crucial to my decision.