First, a huge thanks to @Stuart98 for helping me out with the text.
Here we go.
Everyone who played homeworld 1 knows that frigates were the core of the fights, to the point where if you didn’t make frigates you were probably doing it VERY wrong. In homeworld 2, however, frigates are very vulnerable and it is both viable and easy to skip them completely.
The research tree in homeworld 1 is based on frigates, you basically need to research them to reach destroyers, carriers, heavy cruisers, and even resource controllers. In homeworld 2 frigate tech is only required for frigates and completely skippable if you want to get super-capital ships.
As homeworld 1 frigates are now using the homeworld 2 values, they have changed significantly. While the values are pretty ok for the early game, they put homeworld 1 frigates at a huge disadvantage in late game due the upgrade system.
I researched the values for building frigates. For the homeworld 1 example I’m using the ion frigate as basis, while in homeworld 2 I am using the missile frigate as an example. Frigates were analysed from 1 to 24 (max number)
In Homeworld 1 Remastered:
Research Ship – 750
Capital ship Drive – 800
Capital ship Chassis – 900
Ion cannon research – 1000
Total cost to unlock production – 3450
In Homeworld 2:
Research module – 500
Frigate research – 1800
Frigate production module X2 – 1800
Total cost to unlock production – 4100
Total cost of first armor upgrade – 5700 (+1600)
Total cost of second armor upgrade – 8500 (+2800)
First the frigate cost:
Numbers shows that on unupgraded ships the values are close, but they start to turn in the favor of homeworld 2 races pretty fast, which shows the late game weakness of homeworld 1.
Things get even worse when you analyze the cost of each armor point. Below we have the numbers for RU cost per armor point.
So here is my idea: allow homeworld 1 players to research frigate armor upgrades, but on even higher levels yet with the same cost of homeworld 2, with a bigger research time.
First, the total armor upgrade would be 34000 armor for the ion frigate, divided by 3 levels of research of the capital ship chassis each one with 33% improvement of the basic value.
To reach the same ru cost per armor (as in the chart above) the total research cost would be 12000, that is 8550 more than the original cost, divided by the 3 research levels:
Level 1 armor upgrade – cost 1850 +33% of the basic armor to all frigates
Level 2 armor upgrade – cost 2850 +33% of the basic armor to all frigates
Level 3 armor upgrade – cost 3850 +33% of the basic armor to all frigates
The research speed would be slighter higher compared to the research of the homeworld 2 upgrade in the first 2 levels, because homeworld 1 can build more researchers and speed it up.
This change wouldn’t overpower homeworld 1 in late game, remember that even though those numbers look higher they only apply for frigates, and with a high RU cost and research time, and would allow homeworld 1 players to once again use frigates as they main ship.