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Account-wide ship slots (or even drydock spaces)?

With the release of these new ships competing for space in the ever-more crowded rosters, isn't it past time that buyable account-wide ship slots became a thing? Those of us with a dozen characters (or more) are not going to be making repeat Zen purchases of ship slots for each of our characters, but would be very much interested in slots that would be applied account-wide. Assuming a reasonable price, wouldn't that be a win-win for all?

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  • rattler2rattler2 Member Posts: 54,630 Community Moderator
    Economics wise... I hate to say it but not really. While it would be a win for players, and would indeed be a short term boost in sales... long term it loses them sales from those same players on the same thing. There is a hard cap on ship slots, and once you hit that, there's no adding more unless Cryptic does something. If you were able to get account wide ship slots... it would apply not only to your current characters, but any future characters you make. You just hard capped how much you can make from selling ship slots per account to the max you can get on one character. And considering I think the max character slots is somewhere around 50? Yea... that is a lot of lost revenue in the long run.

    PITA I know... but... business is business. I'm just glad we have what we have as account unlocks.
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  • sovereign010sovereign010 Member Posts: 626 Arc User
    edited November 2020
    From that perspective it sounds like it would only benefit Cryptic if they raised the cap on how many ship slots you could buy for that very same reason.

    EDIT: Of course, offering something that would also benefit future characters might also tempt more players into buying extra character slots if it makes building those future characters easier.
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  • darpendragondarpendragon Member Posts: 179 Arc User
    From that perspective it sounds like it would only benefit Cryptic if they raised the cap on how many ship slots you could buy for that very same reason.

    The reason for the cap is because of database storage on the servers. The more inventory spaces, which include ship slots, bank spaces, ect, the more storage is required. More storage means more servers. More servers mean they would need more money to maintain them.
  • westmetalswestmetals Member Posts: 7,198 Arc User
    edited November 2020
    FYI.... any ships that you have bought from the C-Store can be dismissed and reclaimed. You do not need to keep them on your roster or in drydock.

    The only downside to this is that you will lose any mastery credit if it's a T5U ship (because they are reissued as a plain T5 eligible for a free upgrade, and T5s don't have mastery).

    The same is true for event-reward ships.

    It is not true for lockbox, lobi, promo, episode-reward, or fleet ships, nor the free ships claimed with level-up rewards.

    Ships that are available by multiple methods (such as the lockbox/lobi ships that are now also in Mudd's, or event ships gained via Phoenix tokens) are treated depending on how you got it.
  • lordmerc22lordmerc22 Member Posts: 776 Arc User
    Considering they made the elite starter pack that was account wide to elite services pack that char claim instead(those who had the old can still reclaim on new chars) I doubt they will even consider it. In general account wide things are good for us and bad for their profit margin
  • westmetalswestmetals Member Posts: 7,198 Arc User
    coldnapalm wrote: »
    Do you REALLY have that many un-reclaimable ships on ALL your toons that you need this?!? Holy jeebus that is a lot of resources spent on this game. You are looking at something like 5 BILLION EC worth of ships PER TOON at a minimum before you need an option like what the OP suggests.

    That's why I mentioned the reclaimability - I suspect that they actually have a lot of reclaimable ships.
  • bcstarbcstar Member Posts: 300 Arc User
    My plan is once I am done with a ships mastery its gone to make way for a ship i have not mastered yet... the 10 slots i have in dry dock seems to be enough so far. but once those ships are all mastered it will free more room up. ill be honest when I fly a ship I only intend it to be 1 and done. The Rest will just be for Admiralty and traits.
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