I think the general idea that every entity will be in a research pool. If a researcher has access to a functional version of what they are researching then it is hoped that will help reduce research difficulty or time. This is why factions are buying what they can.
The R&D pool is just the entities that will be available for anyone that meets the requirement to research. This includes all the currently available entities.
As for wasting their money that depends. Depending on how reverse engineering works (if at all) it may be beneficial to have the actual ship so you can get the DC from it. Or they could just be getting it because they like the entity. Heck, some people have way too much money and just throw it at rare entities because there is not that much else for them to spend it on.
“Heck, some people have way too much money and just throw it at rare entities because there is not that much else for them to spend it on.
- "Ellias" ”
I wish I was one of 'em...
But it's not just players, factions (especially governments) are often very rich and have all their ships and facilities wallpapered with credits. Sort of like how after WWII Germany's currency was literally worthless, so people used it for wallpaper in their homes.
Performance modifiers will be grouped mostly with the upgrades - an entirely different topic in this case.
The R&D pool will have all of the CP/rare items in it, but the question is if you can get to them. Reverse engineering would be the fastest way to get to an MC-80, but for a YT-1210 it may just be better to try and R&D instead of reverse engineer due to the possibility of failure (suggested, not certain). I would think it depends on the entity in question.
I think he hoped to get a slightly more specific answer.
Obviously you shouldn't expect an items producer to come up with a ship DC, but will everyone of the same faction type have access to the same size pool? Or will it be like now, where older ship factions have long lists of DCs while the newer ones only have the escape pod DC?
How will R&D facilities be used? Will it be big facilities for big entities (like ships) and small facilities for smaller things like weapons/items, or will the size of the facility affect the speed of research instead?
The R&D tree is the R&D tree. There is no part of it that will be shut off from anyone else (except possibly the more powerful ones which its been rumored that only the first few factions will get the DC). Having a DC currently just means that you can start off, higher up the tree, on different branches.
I think there was talk about giving all ship factions a generic ship DC so they have a starting point to R&D from - same with other faction types I would guess.