There are 7 skills concerning R&D in the game, but I couldn't find any materials concerning R&D in the rules. So I asked around what will R&D be about.
At first we all presumed that it will be a feature that will allow players to create datacards for new technologies(entities). But because of its unpredictable outcome, it will endanger the game-play.
So I was told that in order to be safe, R&D will be used only to modify(upgrade) existing entities.
I want to ask officially: will R&D be a feature to implement new technologies or modify the current?
Mandalorian veteran of a Kuati technocratic bloodline.
I have not heard that R&D will be limited solely to existing entities, but the exact mechanics are still being hotly debated. At the moment there isn't any truly conclusive information available; you may just need to wait until a set of rules has been made available. Until then, the information you hear about R&D will continue to vary, as it is still a very long way off.
R&D is a revolving door. Teams of people have worked on it, created flawed but workable products that needed to be tested and improved, but instead got thrown onto the scrap heap for not being perfect.
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