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# 1 WTB Multi-Vector Assault Mode
02-12-2010, 03:50 PM
Title is the truth.

AMIRITE?!
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# 2
02-12-2010, 03:54 PM
Not sure what you're talking about. Do you want the ability to fire on more than one target at once (in space)? If so, Beam Fire At Will will do that.
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# 3
02-12-2010, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by fxguy View Post
Not sure what you're talking about. Do you want the ability to fire on more than one target at once (in space)? If so, Beam Fire At Will will do that.
Multi-Vector Assault Mode was a feature of the Promethius class of ship as shown on Voyager. The ship could separate into 3 separate sections that would then attack their target.

I think it's pretty unlikely we'll see this in-game.
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# 4
02-12-2010, 04:07 PM
so you are going to steer one part with your right hand, one with the left and one with... mhmm... what do women use for the third ship-part?...

and 3 parts floating together and being steered as one is just one ship...
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# 5
02-12-2010, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by YYC26 View Post
Multi-Vector Assault Mode was a feature of the Promethius class of ship as shown on Voyager. The ship could separate into 3 separate sections that would then attack their target.

I think it's pretty unlikely we'll see this in-game.
Ah, got it. Yeah, I wouldn't think that would be likely in the game. Unless they allowed 2 of the sections to be AI controlled.
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# 6
02-12-2010, 04:14 PM
Not sure why you would not be able to AI the ships... We've got lots of AI BOs running around on the ground (although I can't say it's *really* smart)...
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# 7
02-12-2010, 04:17 PM
I think Cryptic should seriously consider it. Have it as some far flung skills or tactical console.

The technical basis for implementing Ttri Vector Assault Mode exists in "photonic fleet". It'll be a no brainer to extend that to Prometheus class ships. What it does, or what it buffs, is for Cryptic to determine.

p.s. the way the game is currently designed, TVAM is definitely a bad way to attack your enemy as it spreads your fire really thin, across many shields. But the coolness factor is through the roof! And it's easily doable
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# 8
02-12-2010, 04:19 PM
The version of the Prometheus in Voyager, where it first showed up, was a prototype. The muti vector feature was deemed too dangerous and impractical. That feature in the Prometheus was designed out of the final production space-frame as a result. Saucer separation is used for emergencies only.

As far a s Cryptic is concerned; its not going to happen. There is no feasible way to implement MVS in a manageable or meaningful way.
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# 9
02-12-2010, 04:29 PM
Multi-Vecto assault on the Prometheus was all automated. No one was piloting any part of the ship, it would just do it's thing and then recombine.

Computer: "Multi-vector assault mode activated, please designate attack pattern."
Doctor: "uhhh..... Alpha"
Computer: "Confirmed, please designate target."
Both Doctors: "Romulans!"
*ship goes and blows up a Romulan vessel*

I imagine in practice it would be fairly impotent to be honest. Sure it'll work most of the time, but what do you do if the center section gets blown up while the ship's separated? What if the docking mechanism is damaged by enemy fire while the ship is separated and it just grinds itself against the other portions when they try to recombine? What happens if the docking mechanism is damaged while the ship's still combined and it can't separate.

The Galaxys were designed to separate to keep the Saucer section OUT of combat (hence "battle bridge). Occasionally the saucer would see combat by necessity, but overall not the intention because, like the Tier 5 Escort Database says about the Prometheus, the separation system is too prone to failure.

But ignoring all that, assuming they did give it to us in game, you wouldn't suddenly turn into 3 ships and attack, It'd probably be an ability or 3, hit the "Multi-vector pattern Alpha" button, your ship leaves your control for a few moments, splits, attacks the enemy from 3 different angles, recombines. you're back in charge.
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# 10
02-12-2010, 05:38 PM
the real problem is....

Why would you want to hit the enemy ship from multiple sides?

The way the game is designed you want to try to focus all your fire into a single shield facing.
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