Alpha, I know one of your concerns is that Frigs should be able to do much better vs Cruisers. Hiig and hw1 cruisers are getting a big damage nerf vs frigs in the next update. Additionally, Frigs can still be microed above/below Hiig BC’s. Here’s how:
As a modder I can confirm this was an intended change in HWR by simply opening up the hgn_battlecruiser.ship file. A HWR dev went in and changed the attack style from “MoveToTargetAndShoot” to the “Frontal” attack style. (The Frontal attack style is also used by the Vaygr BC.)
I have no idea why, but my theory is that they listened to the fans complaining about the way the Hiig BC worked in hw2c on the Gearbox forums in 2014. There were posts complaining about the Hiig BC engines being used as a shield to soak up damage when attacking ‘ass first’. There were also posts complaining that the the Hiig vs Vaygr BC balance was poor. To quote one poster: “Until Hiigaran BC behaviour is fixed (refusing to angle out of the “ecliptic”, and I have no idea if this is even on GB’s TODO list) the price of Vaygr cap armor doesn’t matter at all. Come in from above/below a Hiigaran BC and you effectively have 2x armor until they can pull level with you. And with swarm superiority, his engines won’t last very long.” - Or maybe they just thought it was crazy for a space ship to be afraid of tipping over, I dunno. =)
The Hiig BC was semi-balanced in hw2c as Vaygr BC upgrades cost a whopping 11,000 RU more than Hiig BC upgrades, and Vaygr also harvested 10% less than Hiig. It was well known by top players that Hiig was practically unbeatable on Shield, but Vaygr had the best end game fleet if they could survive that long on big maps.
In the HWR balance mod, Vaygr harvesting has been equalized, Vaygr BC upgrades are now only 2,400ru more, and hw1 races have no upgrades. All 3 races cruisers would be able to attack from above or below the Hiig BC and beat it with no contest. Sure we could totally go back to the way the Hiig BC worked in hw2c. But then Hiig is kinda screwed in the late game when their cruisers might as well start out with half the health of the other races. Remember, frigs are still much faster than BC’s so frigs can still out micro them regardless of whether the Hiig BC captains think the universe is flat or 3D. =)