Forum Fallout: Stats Problems Mar Constellation Variant Launch
(Citizen Star News) - 2014-08-19 - The long awaited Constellation Variant release was initially extremely well received. Pumping up much enthusiasm and raising nearly $2 Million in funding over it's debut weekend. However, issues with the stat page and details of the ships lead to confusion, which lead to anger, which lead to the dark side of the community. Some purchasers looked over the stats page and where impressed by the Luxury Phoenix's out-of-the-box combat capability, and surprising upgradability (to Class 7 engines!?). Some purchased the expensive and limited ship for combat purposes. Unfortunately the stats page was a result of incorrect merge and was corrected to be only slightly superior to the other ships. Forum Fallout ensued.
The Phoenix is not intended to outclass the other ships of it's line. It has understandably, as a luxury limited edition, upgraded base equipment. Most of which will be purchasable for the other variants. It trades some of it's offensive capability for defense, with it's anti-missile point defense system. The Andromeda should actually have greater offensive potential, not to mention far superior hauling. But as in all things, subject to change as the game develops and ships are balanced against each other.
Designer & CIG Community Lead, Ben Lesnick has announced that anyone who feels they've been hoodwinked into buying the Phoenix may apply for a refund (even on applied ship upgrades) and support has been instructed to grant such requests. He does request some patience, since this will be a manual process and may take a few days to get through the tickets.
Supporters of Star Citizen are encouraged to pledge only with realization that they are spending money to fund an unfinished game. Things will be subject to change.
And remember, to quote Ben Lesnick:
No Star Citizen ship is ever intended to be the ‘best one.’ Being the most expensive ship in a set of variants isn’t even intended to mean it’s the best of a group. It reflects the fact that it’s more limited in our universe and the fact that it contains more valuable (in terms of our economy system) components.
Finally, I do have to warn you: the stats will change again. And again and again. If you’ve ‘ran the stats’ and determined that a ship is too good to be true… it probably is. Between now and the time we launch, every single ship will undergo likely dozens of balancing changes. Some of them will make the ship “better,” and some of them “worse” in your eyes, but all of them will be necessary to make Star Citizen a fun, balanced and working game. [Source]