Most of you are probably busy already farming the res needed to upgrade your bridge to level 6 and have already had a taste of the cost. Thanks to Fat Chickens, we have the res cost and some build times for the bridge and fleetbay (the others are not included).
Bridge VI to Bridge VII:
Cost: 516.5m Ore, 310.8m Anti
Time: 12d 9hr
Fleetbay XII to XIII:
Cost: 1.037b Ore, 911.8m Anti
Time: Unknown (At the time of this posting)
Estimated Coin and USD cost:
$3000 USD --> 375k coins
With the new fleet mass for fleetbay 13, there will be 65+ fleets being sent out. Mark 5 damocles with the new infernal Wave driver can have upwards to 480 dps (25% phase damage mind you as well) which has enough power to still deal with the new base upgrades effectively.
As it stands, the tier 4 ships will be obsolete when facing Demon Corp ships and the new tier 6 factions (Assuming Kixeye follows their linear trend). The cost to obtain these fleets is already $200 USD due to the skimping of materials required to upgrade ships inside the coin offers.
While trying to remain unbiased and optimistic, updates similar to these in other games have been considered a death sentence, a last ditch effort to get the whales to spend as much as possible before the game finally becomes dormant. The costs, the current metas, the tech, time and money required to do anything inside the game has reached a point where it's not feasible for those not completely dedicated (or having a lot of spare money to spend).
I guess we will see how things unfold!