First of all, welcome DN_Timo!
I've come back to Dreadnought after a long break, and this is hugely satisfying news to read. Since I started playing I have used EXCLUSIVELY my hero ships. This is because I found the progression system to be cluttered, difficult to navigate, and immensely confusing to use. The new progression system is a welcome change in my books, maybe I can finally get stuck into some real ladder climbing soon ^^
Ship manufacturers? We have ship manufacturers? O.o
I mean, I know they're in the lore, but I honestly had no idea each ship was built by each one. I'm still very VERY new, but this is news to me, so i'm sure that the new progression design will again bring some clarification to the new player experience.
"New Player Onboarding" as you call it is another relieving addition. I most certainly could have used this before hand. The tutorial covers gameplay basics just fine, but it's the menu navigation and ship management that has REALLY tripped me up from day 1. If I can't figure out how to run my fleet and modules, how can I be expected to claw my way to the bridge to actually start a fight in the first place?
On the topic of Hero Ships, I'm just glad I have mine. I was one of those rare few who suffered that infuriating glitch whereby we weren't granted the Hero Ships we had purchased, and since I was so flabbergasted at trying to wrap my head around the ship acquisition and management as I mentioned before, I just stopped playing.
That glitch has been patched out now, and I've come back to some very positive changes being made
(Side note, your customer service is commendable. Very prompt, very supportive, you're never kept in the dark with what's going on.)
Fleet Maintenance Costs. Please don't make them too severe at later tiers. They need to be considerable, but not as out of proportion as a nuke on a single Corvette. War Thunder suffers greatly from this. Did you just loose your top-tier jet fighter? Better get grinding for the next three days so you can take it out again. I really don't want that in a game as faced paced as Dreadnought.
As I said, personally I'm very pleased with the news. Keep up the great work devs, really enjoying it so far