I’m assuming the answer is ”‘No, the engine can’t do it” and I’m assuming that people have probably asked about this already, but has that ever stopped me before?
What’s the possibility of increasing the visual battle damage on ships – cap ships in particular. I’m thinking decals similar to what we see in Homeworld Remastered, scorch marks from weapon impacts, paint scuffed and worn off, atmosphere venting like in Star Wars Squadrons etc? At the moment most weapon impacts just fizzle out and leave nary a scratch.
The temporary glowing marks left by beam raking is cool. If they cooled to leave scorch marks it would be even cooler.