Many rare ships are ones that were either available as part of the CP exchange system or made as one off vessels.
If they have no affiliation they cannot be created.
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The CP ships are cycled in and out, typically recently with a year lifespan, but depends on how the art team are doing with images generally. Come R&D, most of these should then be available to research, with factions then possibly selling them again.
A nice scenario would be IMO/wishful thinking..To new Shipayrd Factions, a bundle package of rare..not unique mind you..rare ship DC's. One cap, two freighter, one fighter..or mix it up, but only have one Cap limit.
Like what I would want, the ACC-1, DCF/1760 and the toscan-8 fighter.
Like I said, wishful thinking, maybe it would happen.
No fighting,flaming..just thinking outloud on the future of R&D DCs and rare ships.
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Well I wouldn't be to concerned about imbalance and the need for DC reshuffling - R&D is likely to have a bunch of reasonably-easy to obtain low-level entities on them, and once R&D is released, there's going to be a TON of players farming R&D Points. No reason to believe that it will be a LONG time before any given faction has a DC to use.
Also, depending on how they end up implementing the Research Point Division/redemption process (IE: Cumulative/OneShot or OneShot/OneShot, the difference between them I won't get into here, cause it's in the other R&D threads in the Questions to Admin section), you could end up with a GLUT of datapads on the market with R&D points due to them being redundant for the large factions.