I loved SH3. Truly awesome sub sim. As a former sailor (surface), I've seen my share of rough seas. In game, I liked the realistic choppy rough seas. I just saw the video for the SH5 teaser, and enjoyed the graphics in comparison to SH3's.
Anyway, I was wondering if there will be an option to less micromanage the crew (while at sea). I'm sure anyone else may have gotten tired of the tedious task of swapping tired crew around with fresher men. Will one of the officers (XO, maybe?) handle that function automatically?
I'd like to see something like: before setting out to sea, the XO will present the duty roster. You, as the CO, can review how many watches there are per say (probably three shifts lasting eight hours apiece), how many men per shift (section), etc. That way, you can mix inexperienced crew with the saltier sailors (perhaps the greenhorns get a faster experience boost compared to an all-green crew on one particular shift). Then while out at sea, the crew rotates normally, without any input from you (unless GQ or other situation warrants). Also, while at sea, you could interact with individual sailors and order them go to different areas in conflict with the duty roster, but this latter idea certainly does sound complex. At least (while at sea), you can change the duty roster by interacting with the XO.
As a nod to the movie "Enemy Below", will an option be for U-Boats to signal a heavily damage ship and offer to them terms in abandoning ship? I was also thinking of some sort of "reputation" system where a U-Boat achieves some level of chivalry/"bloodthirsty" or something similar, based on the CO's actions. For instance, if it comes time for the U-Boat crew to abandon ship during combat, it may receive a less chance of being shot at on the surface (if the U-Boat has "chivalrous" aspect), thereby the crew may be taken prisoner (or, perhaps the crew escapes and you, as the player, may earn a chance at another U-Boat).
Sounds kinda complex. Just ideas. I haven't read all the other posts yet, so please be merciful.
Cya guys at sea!