I wanted to address a little "issue" I'm having with the way the upgrades and skills are locked behind some leveling system.
Half the skills and upgrades (and probably the most powerful or tactically advantageous ones) are locked for a level 1 player and it seems the only way to unlock it is to gain levels. Up until then, this idea seems normal and it is ok.
However, it would seem that you cannot gain levels or any experience playing matches VS the AI. Only by playing against other players. This is a bit strange. The reason we have all ships and the 1,200 points available from the start (unlike in the previous game) was that all players would be in equal footing. However, if a player is placed in a Ranked match against another player that has unlocked those skills and upgrades, even if they are playing the very same faction with the same ships, the higher Ranked player would still have an advantage since he does have access to a greater array of skills and upgrades for his fleet.
I am a player that has more fun playing against the AI than against other players. And I know I am not the only one. However my experience and fun of playing against the AI is being handicapped since I lack access to many of the choices. Thus I am forced to play vs other players in order to unlock them.
Would it be possible to gain experience by playing against the AI? Even if it is only at a slower rate than that of a regular Ranked match it would make the game more enjoyable many players who like playing VS AI.