EVE Online is adding a frigate bay to every battleship in the game

    
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The cardinal rule of EVE Online is to not fly what you can’t afford to lose. That said, bad things just happen and suddenly your big hunk of Minmatar badassery is turned into debris while you’re sitting in a defenseless pod. In an update coming this March, however, those who own battleships (and summarily have those battleships blown up) will be able to hop back into the battle in a frigate thanks to the Frigate Escape Bay feature.

Every battleship in the game will be automatically outfitted with this Frigate Escape Bay, which can house any fully fitted T1 frigate, as well as assault frigates, electronic attack frigates, and logistics frigates. Now, instead of being blown up and left to sit in a dumpy little pod, you can fly back into battle with a fully combat-ready frigate. Or at least try to fly away in said frigate

This new feature is set to arrive to the Singularity test server this coming Monday, so capsuleers eager to see how this new feature will shake up the battleship meta are welcome to take a peek themselves.

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kgptzac

I can’t think of a reason to get excited for this kind of change, versus say, changes that make my battleship more fun to fly before it gets blown up. I guess there are a few people who solo pvp in battleships with crazy implants may use the frigate as a mean to escape…

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Techno Wizard

The Great Escape of EVE Online. In a frigate!

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PanagiotisLial1

You do know minmatar ships look like rusty assembled-fast ships that sometimes even look sort of like a sattellite turned to ship and feel like they cant hold together if you go full speed? Reality is different but its what you get from their looks, lol.

I love that change by the way, feels like Star Trek ships always had at least one shuttle

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Alex Willis

This is actually crazy. I love it. If your opponents don’t have target-locking frigates themselves, and aren’t smart-bombing, and you yourself bring a low signature frigate (hellooooo Cheetahs), you could make a pretty stylish escape.

To say nothing of bringing a Stealth Bomber in your Battleship bay.

Wow!

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Mailvaltar

According to that list Cover Ops Frigates aren’t included though, so you’ll have neither a Cheetah nor a Stealth Bomber in there.

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Nick Smith

Wow. Thats going to change gameplay quite a bit now right?

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styopa

No kidding. A well-equipped frigate ABSOLUTELY has a decent chance to evade and survive especially in heavy ship fight with big guns, especially if the frigate is outfitted for evasion/fleeing in the first place.
A pod is just essentially a free kill for anyone who bothers.

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kofteburger

I imagine that as a mega-yacht launching smaller yacht.