A simple idea, but a fun one. During any battle in any game mode, a random AI ship will drop into the field. Those able to destroy it, or assist in destroying it, would get a bonus drop. The bonus could be anything, extra ship xp, credits, GP Drops, free xp, ship coatings, custom emblems, custom decals, or unique hero ships. Several 'drop'ships would appear over the course of the battle, and their strengths would be based on the value of their drops. Since both teams have the ability to destroy them, these ships would be extremely tough with high hp, and enough firepower to defend themselves. Perhaps they could be part of a pirate clan, or even the transhumans returning?
How to ease the 'grind' part 3- random 'drop'ships
sounds interesting, but i fear that the better team could save that ship gainst the weaker team, that they never get something out of, so theese ships should be strong enough to need both teams working together to kill it, but well, that would turn the sense of the game
What if they were hidden, high speed cruisers like a Corvette? They'd be hidden from the radar and HUD, but be easy enough for someone to kill should they be lucky enough to spot them. Basically a moving drop crate
that sounds well