This latest major release adds the 'Ion Beam Emitter' weapon:
The Ion Beam shoots an extremely powerful (and power-hungry) beam of ion energy that will quickly rip holes in enemy ships. It is currently the most powerful weapon in the game in terms of how much damage it can do every second, and it's particularly effective at sawing ships into pieces.
But as powerful as the Ion Beam is, it does have some key weaknesses:
- Unlike the other weapons currently in the game, the Ion Beam Emitter is so heavy that it can't be mounted on a turret and thus must be fixed directly to the ship's hull. This means that the ion beam can only shoot in a straight line (as determined by which way the ship is facing), and thus is very difficult to aim with any precision.
- Firing the ion beam uses a lot of power very fast. If you want to keep the ion beam active for more than a few seconds, you'll need a lot of power being constantly delivered to it.
- Unlike the other weapons, the Ion Beam Emitter is very weakly armored, making it a potential Achilles' heel through which enemy fire can reach the inside of your ship.
- While the Ion Beam Emitter is only two spaces wide, it is four spaces deep, three of which cannot be traveled by crew. This may force you to re-think your ship's layout and cause issues with ammo and power delivery to other systems.
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