This is all really cool but to be honest I'm personally getting a little tired of seeing CIG come up with new mechanics while we're still lacking a sh*t tonne of already announced mechanics. This new mine layer mechanic is sure to become another headache for CIG to balance because everyone knows this will be exploited to hell and back, with trolls putting their mines where they're not supposed to go just to be a d*ck. I can see how laying mines could be a good way to protect certain assets but come on, you know some people will mine the most basic of areas just to piss people off and be a ass.
I'm not going to get one as I've stopped spending after I hit concierge, I feel I need to see more mechanics and development. Also, tbh I'm not interrested in owning a minelayer. I do think it looks cool tho.
I do wonder why newer AEGIS ships like the Hammerhead and now the Nautilus have a crew of 8 (Edit: whoops, looks like the Hammerhead has a crew of 9) while the Reclaimer has a crew of only 5. Ive always thought the Reclaimer's crew size is too small, as it has multiple stations that can't all be manned at the same time with 5 people, it seems CIG seems to share the idea that a crew of 8 might be more versatile.
Also, as a side note...
while I love CIG for having cool events for their community and their engagement with us is commendable... do we need more layers of exclusive early access? I know it's only a day and I'm not especially interrested in this ship or whatever but first there's subscribers, then there's congierge level and now there's special congierge level events. What's next, special congierge level events VIP afterparties? A secret password? Chris Roberts' secret handshake? Did you wear the correct colored shirt for a special early early early early access?
I might come across as a bit of a negative nancy here but I feel they're milking us more and more because it's getting harder and harder to find new backers and investors. Outside of our community bubble, I think the project's reputation isn't the best because of missed deadlines and still no release date after 7 or 8 years.