Megaship Interactions

Ship manufacturers have improved their vessels with cargo bays, data terminals and comms arrays, as well as automated defense turrets to protect them from pirate and Thargoid attack.

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New flow for scanning megaships and installations:

  • You will need limpet controllers of various types (hatchbreaker, recon, collector).
  • You may want to equip a manifest scanner.
  • Fly into a scenario.
  • Target megaship/installation contact and scan with the ship’s data scanner. Doing so will release a scan pulse that highlights all interaction objects attached to the ship.
  • Interaction objects are added to the ship’s contacts panel and can now be targeted and interrogated to discover how to interact with them.
  • Target one of these objects and within a 200 metre range use the datalink scanner to interrogate it.
  • A successful scan will show any sub-targets the object has. These sub-targets are selectable in the sub-target panel.
  • Interaction objects are added to the ship’s contacts panel and can now be targeted and interrogated to discover how to interact with them.
  • Limpet performs its function

The interactions will be as follows:

  • Cargo bays. 
    • Hack the doors using a hatchbreaker limpet to jettison the cargo into space. Gives would-be pirates a new target and source of income.
  • Data terminals. 
    • Use recon limpets to gain access to secured data materials.
  • Comms arrays. 
    • Use recon limpets to hack into the ship’s comm system and steal valuable data. This gives you higher yield than data terminals.
  • Automated-defence turrets. 
    • Scan the turret to discover the location of the connected generator. Disabling the generator will shut down the turret for a set amount of time.

One thing to note is that all current interactions are considered illegal, tying in with the changes to crime and punishment (Ed’s Link). These give criminal pilots new gameplay options, as well as giving lawful players new locations to find wanted pilots.

In addition to the interactions we have tweaked the scenarios around the megaships to include a greater variety of criminal and lawful pilots, as well as crime responders such as police ships to add a bit more spice to these locations.

Example megaship locations:

Samson-class Cargo Ship ALL-4659Tambe
Banner-class Bulk Cargo Ship TIH-562Proxima
Samson-class Bulk Cargo Ship ZAE-013Mokosh
Hogan-class Bulk Cargo Ship DAL-658Keiadir
Hercules-class Bulk Cargo Ship TFD-013Oto
Demeter-class Agricultural Vessel DGL-436Hayar
Dionysus-class Agricultural Vessel DSL-327Sigma Pegasi
Aquarius-class Tanker KGD-684Sete
Naphtha-class Tanker FKS-981Arinack
Alcatraz-class Prison Ship SSC-852Luyten 347-14
Riker-class Prison Ship TFL-853Segobo
Lichfield-class Prison Ship FXS-495Jangbon
Bellmarsh-class Prison Ship DLV-812Timocan
Thomas-class Bulk Cargo Ship ZKR-105Har Pa Hsin
Henry-class Bulk Cargo Ship ALC-339Taimin
Gordon-class Bulk Cargo Ship MSZ-405Suessi
James-class Bulk Cargo Ship AAN-331Arikara
Lowell-class Science Vessel CMB-511LP 790-29
Bowman-class Science Vessel ZZW-101Dagr
Sagan-class Tourist Ship TEL-121IC 1805 Sector DQ-Y e3
Cave Johnson Memorial Science LabHYADES SECTOR BQ-Y D91
Freedom Class Survey Vessel SFCT-001Asellus Primus