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I have been hearing constant bemoaning on how "Carriers can't be ignored now" and "Carriers are broken", I thought I would finally toss my thoughts into the shark tank. Since the beginning of the game ,you NEEDED to deal with Battleships. Since the beginning of the game, you NEEDED to deal with Destroyers. Since the beginning of the game, you NEEDED to deal with Cruisers. Just so, Carriers NEED to be dealt with and not ignored. Every ship-class should be a persistent threat until it's eliminated. The only way you dealt with Battleships, Destroyers, and Cruisers is to remain hidden or remove the threat. To this affect, the solution to Carrier issues lie in their power projection and ability to reveal the enemy. My solution to the issues plaguing the CV community,lovers and haters alike, are as follows: Reduce the speed of aircraft (realism-killer) -OR- Limit the range of the aircraft by means of fuel; Adding some sort of leash to aircraft, or reducing their mobility, would help reign in their power projection. I personally lean towards the latter. Re-balance AA with Fleet Cooperation in mind. Players who stick together, as in the past, were always protected from, if not immune to, carriers. Meanwhile, Players who went out on their own got sunk. This is a RULE of the game, and should be a constant that is balanced around(with exceptions for destroyers, discussed later). In my opinion, they could incorporate a slightly unrealistic (gasp) mechanic into the game: Force multipliers. Reduce the base effectiveness of all AA, but scale it based on nearby ships; For every allied ship within 8km, increase their AA effectiveness by some sort of constant (eg. 10% DPS) and increase that bonus every 1km closer the allies are, up to 3km (eg. +50% DPS). Add a HARRIED mechanic to aircraft; For every ship within range / firing on a squadron, there should be a harried effect (eg. 20%/2%/5% reduced rate of aiming and 20%/2%/10% increased movement-induced aim disruption, per ship for Torpedo Bombers/Dive Bombers/Attack Craft). Dive Bombers being affected less, Torp Bombers being affected more, and Attack Aircraft being somewhere in the middle, because [insert rantings about speed/altitude/angle of attack/directions of freedom to evade/shock-value of flying into-vs-over a wall of bullets]. This value could vary based on the ship type. This value could possibly scale with time (10%/1%/.5% at start, increasing per second under attack to some max value). Increase torpedo range to 8-10km. If torpedo bombers are going to be completely shut down by teamwork, we could at least let them hold onto their fleet disruption capabilities. That wave of 4 torpedoes might be slow, spread out, and dropped at almost 10km out with instant visibility, but you can't completely ignore it. Make aerial-torpedoes always visible. I'm sorry, but if you see the torpedo plane, you are going to be watching for the torpedo. It's no secret when they drop it, nor what angle they are coming from... unlike destroyers. This will also help offset that added range. And again, if you are out on your own, you should make a Carriers day. RIP. ... Unless you are a Destroyer. In consideration of their Lone-wolf roles, I offer the below changes: Reduce the spotting range of aircraft; Maybe considering earlier example on force multipliers: Larger Ships/groups of ships should negatively impact your detection range, while smaller ships / lone wolves should be damn near impossible to spot. Finally, consider adding a delay to when targets, detected by aircraft, are relayed to allies. Planes didn't have the best radio communication back then, if any. You could even go as far as to only update the mini-map, but not show visually, the detected ships position. Just my two cents from someone who has loved this game since Alpha, yet is constantly watching heavy handed changes chase away the friends I play with.
Maybe there is a thread somewhere, eh? But there are some simple things you could do which would improve our gaming environment. I'll start, i'm sure others can add... 1. You're NEKKED - do you want to dress for battle? When you click the battle button without camo on your ship, a display would warn you "Your ship has no camo - return and refit?" or some such thing. It helps you eventually as more camo would be used, thus more could be purchased.