I’ve just posted this on the blog:
As well as details of next week’s patch, there’s a section on ‘Extending scanner visibility’.
We saw the suggestion about extending scanner visibility to display the owner of a UFO if you have a treaty with them and thought about taking it a step further:
Scanners should detect the owner of a UFO (a UFO is a fleet in scanner range but not sensor range).
- Intel on the fleet itself (e.g. the ships and their configuration) will remain unavailable until the fleet is in sensor range (as it works now)
- As you would know the owner of the fleet, if you have a treaty with them the fleet will be coloured green
Because it would give players the opportunity to interact with each other sooner. And in early game the sensor range of ship scanners is quite tight, so you almost have to intercept a fleet just to find out who the owner is.
Please let us know here if you like the idea or have any concerns with it.