Just a thought I had during my last campaign play-through. I think it’d be a neat feature to be able to buy exclusive rights to car bodies, so that competitors will have no or limited access to using them. This could be a real advantage if your body research is ahead of the curve, and you can secure a body for exclusive use (get some prestige perk?). This would be expensive, of course. I don’t have the idea fully fleshed out, but something like this:
Upon researching a new body family, you could:
- buy exclusive rights to the full body family (very expensive, but no competitor could use any of the same family, giving you a competitive and prestige bonus)
- buy exclusive rights to a body variant within a family (less expensive, but would only give you competitive and prestige bonus for that one body variant, the rest of the family is still free to be used by competitors)
Once rights to a body (family or variant) has been acquired, you could then sell the rights of use to competitors for a price, giving you some of the money back, while keeping the prestige bonus (as buyers would recognize it as a “knock-off”).
Of course, the competitors could also buy up rights to bodies before you do, and in that case, if you’d want to use the same body, you could negotiate with them for a price to use it as well - or be out of luck and would have to skip that body altogether.
I think something like this would give another interesting depth to the campaign game. Would you want to invest huge amounts of money into exclusive rights to a body? Is paying a competitor for a body they have the rights to make financial sense if you are trying to compete in the same market?
This system would probably require a huge amount of AI programming so the computer-controlled competitors make sensible decisions… so just food for thought.