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Early Access....what does it mean?

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Can someone tell me what early access means.

I see some British Cruisers are early access but I can't figure you what it means or how you obtain them. 

I obtained the Devonshire but I had to go through the Armory...is that the only way to obtain one?

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Early access means they are tech tree ships that you can get early from crates or the armory or some other way before release.  After the next patch, everyone will be able to get them normally through the tech tree while those who got the early access will have a head start.

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2 minutes ago, Old_Baldy_One said:

Early access means they are tech tree ships that you can get early from crates or the armory or some other way before release.  After the next patch, everyone will be able to get them normally through the tech tree while those who got the early access will have a head start.

Thank you very much.

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5 minutes ago, Old_Baldy_One said:

Early access means they are tech tree ships that you can get early from crates or the armory or some other way before release.  After the next patch, everyone will be able to get them normally through the tech tree while those who got the early access will have a head start.

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This ^^^

and to add...

  • While under the early access period they are "special" Premiums meaning they don't get additional XP/Credit modifiers like a true Premium but you can swap Capts in and out on them like a Premium with no retraining needed.
  • Early access ships come fully upgraded with all the upgraded modules available thus saving the player a lot of XP and credits.
  • Early access ships usually come with a 3pt Capt assigned to the ship.
  • Once the full line goes live (usually the update following the one the early access ones appear) the early access ships you have become regular tech tree ships and lose any of those "special" Premium bonuses they had during early access.
  • Once the full line goes live you keep the ship, upgrade modules, and any XP earned.
  • Once the line goes live you will need to assign a Capt to it (and pay the fees) unless you use the one that came with it when you got it.
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42 minutes ago, AdmiralThunder said:

@Randarino

This ^^^

and to add...

  • While under the early access period they are "special" Premiums meaning they don't get additional XP/Credit modifiers like a true Premium but you can swap Capts in and out on them like a Premium with no retraining needed.
  • Early access ships come fully upgraded with all the upgraded modules available thus saving the player a lot of XP and credits.
  • Early access ships usually come with a 3pt Capt assigned to the ship.
  • Once the full line goes live (usually the update following the one the early access ones appear) the early access ships you have become regular tech tree ships and lose any of those "special" Premium bonuses they had during early access.
  • Once the full line goes live you keep the ship, upgrade modules, and any XP earned.
  • Once the line goes live you will need to assign a Capt to it (and pay the fees) unless you use the one that came with it when you got it.

Thanks so much...great info.

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Early Access used to be referred to as a Beta Test. And that usually meant you'd be testing an earlier version of something, to help with bug fixes before launch.

WG uses it as a marketing ploy.

Also of course WG markets it as a way for players to skip lower tiers, but then tries to use "Not enough players in low tiers" as an excuse for different monetization schemes like Research Bureau.

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On 2/9/2020 at 11:02 AM, KiyoSenkan said:

WG uses it as a marketing ploy.

^^^this^^^

The special event coins allow everyone to get goodies, with a small percentage chance of getting one of the ships early.  This is for the free crowd.  For those willing so spend some doubloons, they can purchase chances that give even better chances of landing a ship.  Hence, the marketing slant.  Free....but chances aren't very good.  Spend some money, and your chances improve.

In the old days, WG would just introduce the new line without much fanfare.  By playing the marketing game as described above, they can get some money out of it.  Nothing wrong with this approach.  The new line will eventually arrive just like before.  If you want to spend some money to get it early, that's an option.

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On 2/9/2020 at 9:02 AM, KiyoSenkan said:

Early Access used to be referred to as a Beta Test. And that usually meant you'd be testing an earlier version of something, to help with bug fixes before launch.

WG uses it as a marketing ploy.

Also of course WG markets it as a way for players to skip lower tiers, but then tries to use "Not enough players in low tiers" as an excuse for different monetization schemes like Research Bureau.

Short and sweet - I like it 

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