I've recently been doing a little bit of research into the actual rules of the combine and it's features. Several things have caught my attention, however, one which I just encountered facinates me. I'm not all that experienced in the combine, (about a year in) but I understand that for a person to make or create anything they need 3 things, the facilities to make it, the raw materials to make it, and the data card to make it. The last is the object of my question. In the rules it says that if you have a dc , and I assume if it's in a r&d station or lab, then you can modify or advance the technology. So does this mean that if, say a faction has a dc for the yt-1300, if they dedicate some time and have it at a r&d station that eventually they will have a dc for a YT-1300 with a hyperspeed of 7 instead of 6? Like I said, I'm still fairly new, and I'm sure these rules were probably written at the beginning of it all, I just want to know if this is something that is "coming" like combat, or is this not the case at all. Hope you understand my question. Thanks.
It's probably based on an older concept of R&D, and may or may not be the case when the feature is actually implemented. It is generally hoped for that it will be possible to improve existing designs as well as create new ones, but it's not guaranteed until R&D is coded and released.
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Correction, you will have pretty much no say in the stats, look etc of what you R&D. Admins will determine the stats much like the CP ships that get introduced. Art Team will make the images. Tech tree will mean that you can only get those ships.
Actually, from what was discussed at dev, thats not quite right. At the very basic center you will have fighter/freighter/capital, but broken down more. From there, you would have something called "clumps" - eneties group into similar groups, like a YT clump. You would put your time and research into a class, and would get something out of a clump depending on skills and the how the system works. If you already had something from a clump, you could use that to research specifically within that clump, more or less.
This was a generic overview and can be changed at any time, and therefore this is merely used as an illustration of how it was planned at one time.