Tell that to the droves who left the game because there is zero gameplay.Ok, quote noted, but I often use my T9, Cutter, Corvette or one of my Anacondas in my gameplay.
Fleet carriers are just another hopeful carrot-on-a-stick; creating a buffer zone in which to purchase micro-transactions and keep up hope, buying time for the developers to plug holes in the leaking ship.
Ideas are cool. Stuff is cool. Making your own fun is cool.
However.... ideas, stuff and making your own fun is not gameplay.