I for one would like to see our humble Horta friends get a makeover.
1) Combat abilities: Hortas are large blobs of sentient rock-lava. They weigh A LOT. They should cause damage simply rolling over people, as well as do heat/burning damage from contact. I would love to see my beloved Mr. Burns flying-leap-slam his targets.
That's another thing. I should be able to control my Horta like we control fighters at the very minimum. Ideally I would like to be able to assign targets for vigorous Horta-Loving... but would settle for a modified fighter-like control.
2) Hortas should be able to take insane amounts of damage before dying. They shouldn't just fade out, they should EXPLODE -- spewing lava damage everywhere. Assimilated Hortas should be nigh-impossible to stop, like Elite Tactical Drones.
3) We should be able to breed new types of Horta like we do with tribbles. Some ideas include:
* Ice Horta
* Aluminum Horta (better strength-to-weight ratio, does less crushing damage, but is faster/more durable)
* Triolic Horta
* Liberated Borg Horta
* Raw Sewage Horta
* and so on.
The breeding submechanic could be it's own mini-game/sub-grind with resources and skill-points to collect.
So how about it devs! Lets show the Hortas some LOVE and update our faithful companions!
ISE ISE Ba-bee. "If you got the Borg yo... I'll solve 'em check out this shot while my torpedos dissolve 'em"