At first, I didn’t think much about it. Sure it was annoying, but there had to be a reason, right?
Under the old ASB mechanics, you could fit 13 Navy cap charges into your ASB. When CCP changed the modules to fit only 9 charges, anyone who already had 13 charges loaded pre-patch was allowed to keep the ships as-was. And, CCP allowed those ships to be flown in tournaments, so you’d occassionally see a ship holding an ASB tank for about half again as long as it should. Alas, this quirk of mechanic tweaking is no more.
Why didn’t they do this before? I suspect finding time for one of their programmmers to enact a mass unload just wasn’t important enough to them, given the few numbers of ships that still had “over-filled” ASBs. The major sov blocs, who I’d wager go through the most ships, didn’t have a workhorse ASB-fit doctrine at the time, and those who did fly ASBs would tend to burn through those cap charges quickly.
But now, CCP has a pretty clear reason for making this “clean-up” script a priority, and testing it well in advance of the need.
The mechanics are already in place to prevent pilots from undocking with two interdiction probe launchers fit, but I imagine there were more than a few Sabre pilots who planned to keep at least one Sabre on hand until the need arose to drop ten bubbles in rapid succession.
Alas, the good folks at CCP seem to caught wind of that one.
Anyone want to buy an extra Sabre?