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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 4
05-11-2012, 03:54 PM
Originally Posted by kirian_darkstar View Post
So only one at a time? So basically it's possible to be under the effect of a tractor beam constantly now as one after another Runabout fires off its tractor when the last expires?
Yes. Kinda. It's definitely "possible" but not 100% guaranteed.

This is intended to be an improvement... until this patch the Runabouts would all lock down a single target in simultaneous Tractor Beams, completely preventing their escape thru any means other than Polarize Hull. With this change, a single Tractor Beam can potentially be overcome through countermeasures such as Engine Batteries, Emergency Power to Engines, Evasive Maneuvers, etc.

Additionally, please keep in mind that this is a temporary fix. A band-aid solution to an AI issue that has been corrected in our upcoming code branch. Smarter AI won't require this artificial limitation, and we can work on a more elegant solution when that code is live.