Ever just wanted to see more than 5 drones fly out and do your bidding? Just a giant swarm to give you that sensation that YOU ARE a carrier… even if its just pretend.
I understand that the reason for removing more than 5 drones per ship was due to server stress ( i may be wrong but that’s not the point atm) during pvp battles. But what if we allowed this in high sec (say, mission running), unless it would stress out the server.
Idea - Add a module that when active (In HIGH SEC only) would double your ship Drone Band Width (Edit: and number of drones you can control), and cut your drone dmg/repair/effect by half. Armor/Shield/Hull/Resistances/ship-hull remain the same.
Damage should (key word there) remain the same, Server stress should remain pretty low seeing how its not hundreds of players deploying hundreds of drones withing the same grid, and the only ‘bonus’ i see is that if your drone gets dead, you have 9/10ths of your damage still available while your launch a 10th and have him on his way.
There are already modules that can work only in Null, so i don’t see it being a too difficult to make one for high-sec only. Being a high-sec module exclusive means it will have little to no impact in Null/Low sec (unless i’m missing something).
This would just be a visual enjoyment to those few that would like to see a swarm.
ccps not that because
1 they wouldn’t limit it
2 it would be pointless do 10 drones 1/2 damage but more stress on the server
used to you could have every drone you had launched at 1 time, than that was taken away in favor of limit skills
used too it didn’t matter what size drones you could fly, vexors commonly had 5 heavies until the bandwidth nerfs
The most recent changes to drones were to make them more powerful but reduce the number you can control - the Gecko which uses twice the bandwidth of other heavy drones and the Gurista pirate faction hulls which can only launch 2 drones but have a hull bonus to make them equivalent to 5 (or more) normal drones.
Back when the capital ships were rebalanced, I recall a Dev saying they would like to use the new fighter squadron mechanic for drones - you get your swarm of drones but the server only has 1 object to keep track of. Haven’t heard anything since but hope that idea is still somewhere in the backlog.
Except this literally makes no sense to implement. Everything that is low/null only has logical in-game pretend reasons behind it. What pretend reason can you even make up for that? Somehow the empires decided they want more flying entity in their space but don’t allow it in the part of space where they can’t prevent us from deploying capital ships and bombs?