Posted - 2009.10.12 18:19:00 - [1
Reduce the amount of client-server communication with drones by allwing drones in flight to be grouped into squadrons that will fly in formation. The server will only need to send location information on one entity, rather than 5, and drone attacks will be optimized in the same way that weapon grouping reduces overhead.
Obviously the drones will need to be the same type and will attack the same target. And formations will have to be somewhat dynamic because stasis webs will slow down just one drone and we wouldn't want players having to manually ungroup the one webbed drone.
Of course the server could implement this without any user interaction, but it would be nice to encourage pilots to manually group their drones, and perhaps give different formations bonuses/penalties.