A ‘new’ mode where a player can customize BOTH fleets and pit them against each other. This ‘training’ scenario has been requested many times – even back in GSB1. Right now if we want to play against one of our own fleets, we have to publish it and send it to someone else. That process prohibits any easy way of tweaking things – one of the main points of pitting our own fleets against each other is to tweak setups.
I really wish this was implemented. In every game I have played where there is a test area (like a shooting range) I have spent many hours testing out equipment. The ability to design and outfit a fleet - and then play it against another fleet of our own creation - would add a huge amount of content. We could test our own fleets before publishing them as a Challenge. Plus, a feature like this would be hugely magnified if we get a Galactic Conquest add-on in the future - being able to test a fleet in a skirmish to make better decisions in the campaign where every credit counts would be fantastic.
-A link on the main menu – it is a different game mode
-You cannot earn any Honor in Fleet Simulator
-Ability to save the deployment of either fleet on the field
-Have access to blank unlocked Battle maps (Challenge Legal)
-Access to a series of blank/customizable maps (not for Challenges)
—Battle type toggle on custom maps: Standard, Ambush, etc.
-BONUS: Add 3-way or even 4-way fleet battle types on custom maps for YouTube-worthy Gratuitous slugfests (a way to increase game visibility). King of the Hill anyone?
—Even better: Add Allied Fleet capability (If this was GSB1: Outcasts/Swarm vs. Tribe)
Why a Fleet Simulator?
-It would be way easier to make than Galactic Conquest – yet offer a Gratuitous amount of content.
-Its value greatly increases with future content
-Implements a framework for additional game modes (like King of the Hill) without the need for additional ‘Official’ map setups or reworking the Challenge feature (since – aside from the framework – Fleet Simulator would be centered around ‘unofficial’ content)
-Targets a core audience – those who want an intuitive and flexible way to line-up their own spaceships and watch the fireworks
PS: If Fleet Simulator works, add it to GSB1 as a DLC after a few months to increase interest in the brand as a whole…