The Alien Core should have 1m minimum CPU, to encourage buying and supporting the server I would say 1.25M/1.5M/2M as an option.
It’s been around and over and over. I personally think the shield changes have been the worse thing added to RE in a long time, don’t get me wrong I was initially impressed, but after seeing the pure WEIGHT and POWER REQ along with the added CPU Req, it’s useless. Literally useless. These changes obviously were not made well.
The new “limits” for shields were pointless, they were made for no CPU servers where Placing 40 T3 Shield Caps was possible, it’s not viable at all in any CPU bound scenario, infact you can’t even have T3 4x Caps and 2x Charger in a ship and power them, CPU wise, just not possible.
I would like to say adding 2-4 more Quantums would be a substaintial quality of life uprade, but I realise we’re going around in circles with that in discussions (personally a 20 cap would be perfect but whatever).
Anyway, back to the point that an Advanced Core is 1M CPU, which makes the Alien Core utterly useless, pointless, for anything other than bases. It was generally a “Must Have” for a war ship, now it’s a “Must Not”, 1M CPU is just too much to pass up on, which will mean sales of them will be much lower.
Try making a Warship for 7M CPU, it will have at most some T2 Shields and barely any turret options. What was once a “Budget”/“Skirmisher” is now “Battleship” CPU. I don’t the CPU, Weight and Thrust requirements for all the new stuff was thought out about at all for the new RE. They’ve also made every single Blueprint USELESS… Space and weight and more power.
There is literally 1kt more in weight for a T3 Cap than a T2, which doesn’t equate to any form of mass saving.
What I personally would do is make an Alien Core, modded to 2m CPU and add it to the shop as a new item entirely (not upgrade current players). That way you get more income for the server. Not sure if that would upset some folk but it’s a good way to drive income.
Either that or simply add some shield cap or power generation to the Alien Core, if it output 100kw+ it might be even better than 1m CPU.