The first few times I tested Apocrypha on the test server it seemed to be in a very buggy state. Theyâ€™ll never finish this in time, is what I thought. But todayâ€™s test got me a bit more optimistic. I could actually use the star map, put together a T3 ship and scan and find stuff ! Other people have already done tutorials on exploration and some of the other new stuff so I wonâ€™t go too deep into that !
The T3 cruiser i put together was a Caldari missile boat. Passively tanked. It worked rather well, but didnâ€™t have the firepower of the drake. This makes me wonder what exactly the point is of these T3 ships, besides the coolness factor ofcourse. Itâ€™s handy to turn the cruiser from a missile boat in a gun boat, swapping out a few modules, but I cannot see any other benefits. They donâ€™t seem to be much better than a HAC. Or I am missing the point and / or didnâ€™t set it up right.
I managed to scan down a wormhole. Itâ€™s not very easy to get the hang of placing the probes in a 3d environment, but once the red sphere shows up and then red and yellow dots, itâ€™s doable. Some screenshots below :).
Once inside the wormhole space, all you see are a few planets and not much else. The onboard scanner revealed 3 sites though, each had 2 battleships in it. They didnâ€™t mess around and had my shields to 75% in no time, so I warped out quickly. Another site had like 8 frigs and a few towers. I could tank them while being scrammed, neuted and webbed, but they tank very well and it took quite some time to destroy at least the scramming frigs. This escalates the site though, spawning 2 battleship and a handful of cruisers ! I didnâ€™t mess about and warped out right away ;). A friend who was in a cov-ops in the wormhole space reported about 18 sites on the scan probes ! So plenty to scan down :). This obviously is a group effort deal, where you will probably need spider tanks and ecm to be able to deal with the sleepers, not to speak of other players who might drop down on you.
All in all exciting stuff ! Will definately be a lot of fun scanning and probing about, come march 10th (or a few days later as things setlle down) !