When I went to Eve-fest last year in London I suggested to the Devs that they add a button to the Mobile Tractor Unit that will give people the option to either tractor everything or lootable objects only.
I presented my argument for this however I did not get time to fully explain and the Dev’s said it may be OP but I do not think that is true and in fact I feel that adding that simple button or right click would make a massive difference to everybody. Please see below my argument for adding that button.
Yes it would make salvaging easier than for someone who does not own a Tractor Unit, like new players for instance. However we were all new players once and we all had to save and earn the unit so its not unfair as everybody has to earn one the same way and a player who has saved to invest in an MTU should enjoy the advantage of owning one over someone who does not.
There is a bug that when two MTU’s are deployed in the same arena they tend to start feeding from each other, so what you find is you just end up swapping empty wrecks, which is annoying. If you had a button that you could choose to take lootable objects only it would stop that issue for everybody.
If you are deliberately out to salvage then you will likely have salvage drones or a salvage module on your ship in which case the MTU is doing exactly what you want it to, reeling in everything. However if you are in a warship with no salvage capable assets on board, you end up spending ages waiting for all the items you have no interest in which is annoying, and in some cases can take longer than the engagement you was just involved in, which is fine if you plan salvaging, but its not cool when you just want to grab the loot and leave. This should be a choice.
Their is no strategic advantage or disadvantage that I can see for having a simple button that allows you to pull in lootable objects only or everything as usual. It would be personal choice. The only thing I can see is that everybody would benefit and we could enjoy our game time more rather than spending 15 minutes waiting for objects you do not require or want.
you could just manually pick them up in your ship and leave the salvage items not required. True but then what’s the point of owning an MTU or it even being available unless used in conjunction with a salvage ship. But then if it can only be used with a salvage ship effectively then what’s the point of an MTU in the first place as a salvage ship will pretty much do everything without it in any case.
For people in warships who have no salvage assets, it is just as quick to collect the lootable items you require manually. Again whilst that’s ok for new players who have not bought an MTU yet and still have to earn it, for veteran players its just annoying. Its a galaxy of civilizations with advanced technology, so it stands to reason they would not be having to set a course to every wreck manually when a deployable item such as an MTU exists and the fact it does exist and given the technology level in New Eden it stands to reason the MTU would have that facility.
My point is – Please can we have a simple button/right click option on the Mobile Tractor Unit that allows us to select lootable or all Items (Default setting) only rather than having to suffer wasted game time waiting for everything and having to suffer the MTU swapping bug.