I have been Looking Forward to the BFGA2 Campaign a lot more than the Skirmish, and I love playing Hardcore Strategy games like Total War, Stellaris, Civilization and XCOM on their highest difficulties so after playing the first sector in normal diffculty during the beta I immediately started an imperial Campaign on the hardest difficulty Level (granted it might not have been the best idea jump Right into the Deep end).
Initially everything was just the right flavour of almost impossible: The Chaos fleets guarding each System are Always a bit more powerful than what you can muster, and you really had to grind down each System sometimes by attacking over multiple turns, destroying a few chaos ships each turn while evacuating your own if they start taking too much Damage.
However, I keep getting hopelessly stuck after about turn 20 to 25, when the first invasions from outside the sector start coming: for example, In my current run, I am at turn 22, I have 3 fleets with 400-550 fleet power and a few backups, I am slowly driving the eldar back out of Nemesis Tessera and suddenly chaos launches an Invasion against the demios Binary System in the Cadian Sector. The Fleet strength: a whopping 1980 (!) fleet power, more than all my fleets combined, even if I abandoned all my efforts in the Nemesis Tessera System.
Additionally, This battle is made even more unwinnable by the deployment Limit: when you attack an enemy (or they attack you) the enemy will be able to field every ship they have, no matter how many, while you will be limited to your current deployment Limit, which is determined by your renown rank. That way, even if you attack a system with two fleets of 500 Points each, you will only be able to use 825 Points and any additional ships wont even be deployed until some of the other ships have beend destroyed or evacuated. This means while the Chaos Armada will field their full 1980 Points worth of ships, my Limit (at Renown Level 4) will be 825, and even if I had extra ships in the area, I wouldnt be able to deploy them, so I would start the battle hopelessly outnumbered almost 3:1.
I have started the Campaign several times now, trying different startegies, but when these invasions start picking up (even when the Urgency Meter is only half full I get hit with a new Invasion at a random spot every 2-3 turns, and while not all of them are 2k+ fleets, I just have absolutely no clue how I am supposed to beat the Campaign.
Here are the Solutions I have come up with so far that help out a Little bit:
-I Always try to take my time after before starting each new Story Mission , since finishing These unlocks a new sector and considerably starts ramping up the dificulty (Invasions dont start Happening until after you have completed the first Story Mission in the cadia System).
-losing an offensive battle is not a problem as Long as you dont lose any ships, so you can take out a superior force with a smaller fleet by continously attacking, retreating ships once they start taking damage and focusing down a few enemy ships.
- of Course Building up your economy and especially upgrading the Systems that provide Production Points and Battle Plans is essential, thats why im taking all that time in the very early game.
- each faction seems to have own startegy that works best when Fighting against them (strategies that only work against the AI, not in multplayer), for example Chaos is relatively vulnerable to Boarding by astartes ships, while the best Strategy against the eldar would be to fucus down their engines and then ram them, since ramming Damage isnt impeded by their cloaking Shield, etc...
So basically, the Point I am trying to make is:
-Am I doing Something horribly wrong am I missing some essential part?
-or is this a balance issue and will it be adressed in the future?
If anyone has beaten the Max difficulty Imperial Campaign, I would be curious to know how you did it and if you had the same expierience as I did.