And hear me out. Yes, I speak from the salt that comes from being part of several group combat situations as an overall combat noob and getting killed over and over again for not having a pig nose but here's the thing.
I would've died in those cases anyway. Absolutely. But it would've been my own fault (which partly it was in these cases too of course!)
Here's my point though: Are artifacts that are required for high level combat a good thing? I'd say prooobably not but if it's ONE artifact then that's OK. I don't mind.
Should you have to buy an artifact to be able to perform the basic task of Seeing Where Your Enemies Are? Maybe the answer is yes cuz the whole point is they should be allowed to be sneaky and that's fine.
Should you have to buy an artifact to be able to perform the basic task of Seeing Where Your Allies Are? Absolutely not. Why is this a thing. Why do I have to pay credits for SIGHT. Sure it's slightly better than normal sight but this is not a problem in other IRE games.
And most importantly? Should we have to PRETEND we're not wearing RIDICULOUS PIG NOSES 24/7??? Why is this is a thing!!! It's so jarring!!!! Welcome to Lusternia, newbie, the land of animal-nosed people. Everyone has one.
This is not exactly healthy to your setting, Lusty.
I'd like to propose a solution but I'm very tired so I'll think of something tomorrow maybe there isn't one maybe this is fine and I'm just being nit-picky either way I wanted to throw this out there.