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Battle stations will be a type of PvE mission or raid boss.
At lower levels, a wing of fighters can take on a battle station
At higher levels, as a "Raid boss", Battlestations will require an entire squad
Battlestations are multi-stage fights with layered defenses
Fighters and bombers are used in combination to take out a battle station
Bombers act as 'nukes', delivering a heavy destructive payload
Fighters must protect the bombers from waves of enemy ships sent to take them out
At early levels, weak points will be automatically targeted
At higher levels, players must manually target weak points
"You send the bomber at the capital ship, then you want the light fighters to protect the bomber. That’s the kind of experience we want to create." -- Hermann Peterscheck
"I expect that higher end combat will be a mix of massive numbers of ships, capital ships with massive firepower and large battlestations. It works in movies and it works in games." -- Hermann Peterscheck
"One lower-level raid we are shown sees players swooping in and around a heavily armed space station – but higher-level players will have their ability to automatically target its weak points disabled." -- Edge Online