November 25th 2015
Three days of questions, three days of answers! On Thursday, we kicked off the concept sale for the new Kruger P-72 snub fighter. Today, we’ll be answering questions collected on the forums, and coming back Thursday for the Avenger variants, and finally Friday for the Anvil Crucible Q&A. For this, special thanks to Matthew Sherman for answering your questions. Enjoy!
If you want to leverage the size/speed of the snub craft, an Archimedes will be ideal, allowing for recharging boost and more overall sustained fire from the energy weapons. If you need to make some decisive hits supporting your parent-craft and providing more short-term combat support, a Merlin and its centerline gun will be a strong choice. In the end, it will all come down to the pilot and the situations you find yourself in.
We’re targeting it to fit somewhere between the M50 and Mustang Omega in terms of overall performance, but we’re still getting things fully setup for this ship before deploying it.
Yes, any Constellation with the rear snub-dock can accept any ship based on the Merlin/Archimedes design.
Yes, while the Constellation requires a specific mount for docking and launching a snub craft, any ship with suitable landing space can absolutely stage and launch an Archimedes.
Absolutely. While we’re still working things out in terms of ship-transit, we definitely want snub craft to have meaningful presence throughout the universe. From carried on a ship like a Constellation, or setting up a ship like a Crucible, Starliner or an 890 Jump to serve as a Race-team transport, we want to make sure you can bring your ships to the activities you find the most compelling.
There’s definitely going to be room to grow, not only with the Archimedes, but with all of our ships. While the included equipment will put the Archimedes ahead of a Merlin in terms of its speed and performance, we absolutely want to provide enough tools and choices for players to experiment on their ships with.
The Fuel Intake for the Archimedes will allow the ship to naturally recharge its boost fuel while flying.
No, Snub craft still will be without Quantum or Jump drives, but the ability to recharge it’s boost fuel will definitely help the Archimedes maneuver around a system with more flexibility than a Merlin would. Additionally, the ability for all snub craft to land will give the Archimedes flexibility to explore and land to any available landing site on a planet or station.
We’ve made updates to the stats page to properly reflect the Archimedes hardpoints. It’s lighter-weight comes from replacing the heavier centerline gun found on the Merlin with the Fuel Intake system, as both the weapon and it’s ammo would be heavier than the 2 additional Size 1 weapons mounted to the Archimedes wing tips.
The Merlin was released already flyable, and had been previously available with LTI as part of the initial set of Constellation packages.