Today, 2:14 AM · 17 replies and 433 views.
No they wanted everyone to use Anaconda. This is why it has only slightly less damage output than Corvette, has the best jump range of any ship, has ridiculously good handling, copious amounts of armour and endless numbers of internal modules. The "Mighty Anaconda" was blessed with the same sort of ratio that Python had, and Python was utterly nerfed into the ground.
If Frontier didn't want Anaconda to be the be-all end-all ship, it would not currently be about the best at every conceivable game play mechanic possible. Frontier claim there are no endgame ships. But the 'conda is every bit a living breathing statement that it absolutely is.
Type-9 if anything should be marginally cheaper; but it's still $60-70 million credits cheaper than Anaconda, with a similar trade fit; it's rebuy is also less, along with cheaper running costs. It should also be noted that the ship you fly affects the ships sent as part of missions or interdictions; Anaconda for elite drivers typically means at the least, another...