It’s been another ‘fleet management’ themed week… A patch went out on Tuesday which included rolling back the ‘ships must be within 600m of each other’ mechanic and reintroduced the ‘ships must be in a circle’ mechanic.
But what wasn’t included in that patch was the new smart fleet merging we’re still working on. So right now, merging fleets involves plonking new ships next to each other in a line outside of the fleet circle (as do auto-formations).
Smart fleet merging on the way
Before the recent updates to fleet management, merging fleets via the context menu worked by adding the new ships to the existing fleet and then applying the circle auto-formation. This avoided having to algorithmically find space for each ship, but meant any changes made by the player to ship positions were undone with each merge.[Read more…]