March 25th 2016
Another Concept Sale, another Question & Answer session. Since Friday, we’ve been collecting questions from the dedicated Q&A post here and today our designers and artists working on the ship will answer another 10 questions for the community. Here we go.
The ‘replica’ Blades will not be commonly available on the open market; we intend them to be something that’s earned rather than outright bought in the finished game. We may offer the ship again through the pledge site when it’s flight ready, but it will not be a design that’s commonly available at an ordinary ship dealer.
Vanduul ships are priced to reflect their relative rarity; the Blade is cheaper than the Scythe as it is a less advanced design (fewer overall components) but it is not something a ship company would price to compete with something like an Aurora.
We have no plans for another sale at the moment, but we certainly reserve the right to offer it again (without LTI/concept model/etc.)
Pilots will be punished the same, regardless of what ships their victims were piloting.
The Blade, as an Esperia replica, will not ship with a Vanduul IFF transponder. While you may fool a Freelancer pilot looking out of their window, Vanduul fleets know their own.
The Blade has, 2x S1 Gimbaled and 1x S2 Fixed weapons.
No, the Blade is very much a what-you-see-is-what-you-get fighter. It is fast, light and maneuverable.
The configurable component slots are such that they will be able to be configured with other human-made components of the same size. What Esperia’s future business plans are, are not announced at this time.
No, these are for trading goods and not warships. The Vanduul don’t sell their own ships to humans!
There will be a process, although the details have not been implemented yet!
Vanduul Light fighters, designation “Blade,” are often used as scouts and first wave assault crafts. Over the decades of conflict, they have been increasingly used to take out comm arrays and early warning systems. They have also served well as skirmisher units due to their speed allowing them to chase down any ships attempting to flee the area. If engaged, expect the Blade to try to utilize its speed and agility to wear down your defenses.