New pirate instance, an extension of the ship building system and new mining resource - all the good Friday news are here and ready to blow your mind! And that's not all - we have a very interesting information about global improvements to share with you next week;) But let's come back to the current news article for now:
Ship building & new components
Along with the extension of the crafting system, come several important additions into the Ship building process: In general, the system stays almost the same - you still need a certain amount of resources and IGC to build a ship. However, as the process of building new ships looked way too simple, we've decided to make it a bit more complex in order to let you feel that you are creating something really important and huge. Building a spaceship is a serious business, right?;)
Now, to create each ship you need several components:
Faction components are still required if you create a ship of another faction, and some NPC faction ships might need an additional specialized component.
Life Support System
These new elements can be crafted in a crafting menu - so, basically, you can decide which ship class you want to create and prepare some general components for it even before choosing a concrete ship model. But don't forget that ships with different Tech levels can require components of different Tech levels. Also, you can go directly to the ship building menu and put all stuff required to create a concrete ship to the crafting queue.
New mining resource - Rho-element
Arkonit, Adamantane and Neitherium - three resources you can mine from rich asteroid fields, which have a different rarity and used to craft different ships are now getting a new friend - the fourth resource.
This new resource is called Rho-element and can be found in Rich asteroid fields starting 4th (Delta) level of Vortexes (previously called "Warp Anomalies"). Previously, there was a very big gap between Adamantane and Neitherium which is finally filled with a Ro-element: it is rarer than Adamantane, but not as rare as a Neitherium. To not confuse you with unusual color differentiation (white-green-orange-violet), we changed the color of the Neitherium to orange and gave a violet color to the new resource.
So now mining resources are distributed among the Galaxy in the following way:
In Starfall Tactics, Pirate Base is a big instance for a party of 3 Commanders and it's really hard for a solo player to complete it. That's why it was decided to create something you can destroy alone and, at the same time, get a certain amount of experience and loot.
We've implemented smaller instances - pirate Outposts. These small structures can be found close to Pirate bases and serve them as additional "strongholds" and warp points. Inside Outpost, you can find several Pirates and an Outpost itself, which works just as the same structures in Pirates Bases: it has some weapons to defend and is able to warp in reinforcements. Outposts can give you a rarer loot than usual pirate fleets and sometimes can also serve as a quest goal which also means more loot and experience for you. There is a huge chance that things can be changed or adjusted, but we hope that this small feature can add a bit more variety and fun into the game;)
Make sure to check out the next article - as it was mentioned, there is a couple of very exciting news to share!