The drones that are launched from one ship have the same characteristics, but are calculated as separate objects. You can reduce the load on the server, when you enable the option of attacking one target: combining drones into one object - (as if folding them into one box) “squad drones”. Squad drones are described by the characteristics of one of drone: location, accuracy and speed, XP, etc. all except damage, which is multiplied by 5. (if drones are five)
Then the server will perform calculations of one strengthened drones, instead of five conventional ones.
Attempting to lock on target “box with drones” leads to the fact, that we pulling out of the ‘box’ a definite drone and begin to lock at him and leaving the squad alone. Drone under lock begins to move independently. and can be destroed or onlocked and if its parameters are equal to the parameters of the squad, join in squad.
Additional bonus: decrease the number of objects in the overview panel.
When getting the first damage from smartbomb or something similar, the all drones in squad is either instantly destroyed (damage> EXP of the drone) or the squad breaks up into separate drones (damage <EXP of the drone) further calculations are carried out as now separately for each drone.
I did not use fighters on capital ships, but maybe this approach is applicable to them. The joining of several squad into one large “super-squad” will help to reduce the load on server in mass battles.
While writing the post, thought that this approach is also possible to ships with absolutely identical parameters located nearby, at a distance from other objects (to avoid bumps), and not locked as target. Ideal for sniper ships - a whole sniper fleet can ‘synchronize with the commander ship’ and in fact be a simple multiplier of the damage to his ship and removing excess calculations of the same type of ships from the server. if it start locked - one of ships: “desync” disconnected from the group and locked as normal ship. Maybe it will result at 100 one-click-alt’s in the Stealth Bombers or similar tricks.
The important facts
Identical drones are combined after launch.
The pilot has the ability to have 2 or 3 squad at a same time.
They fly and hit others, until they are taken in the field of view or deal damage.