Yesterday I took a combat mission in Kits End at the jump gate nexus (LL6).
My contract was to destroy 6 Bruwar Class Turrets. After about 2 hours I had destroyed 4/6 and things were going fine, but then something “new” happened. After each kill, the destroyed ship or turret was replaced with the same type of ship, only Ossiri Raiders.
I had destroyed a few of these during the combat, but now there are 4 Ossiri Raiders and no matter which one I attack all 4 attack as one group, immediately.
I have seen plenty of group attacks while fighting or mining, but not an immediate attack by all four each time I re-enter the combat site and begin to attack. Usually, upon leaving and re-entering I can start up an attack and the other similar ships would join in more quickly than before, but not all of them immediately.
I tried logging out and back in but all 4 still attack instantly. I even waited overnight but today they are still attacking instantly once I attack.
Group AI attacks by similar ships make sense, and I have had to handle many groups of 3 similar ships, but usually they progressively join the fight. However, this time the AI ships always attack immediately once I do, and the fact that there are 4 instead of 3 means this mission can’t be completed solo, even though I had made good progress at 4 out of 6 required kills.
So it seems that the AI ship replacement code is set up randomly so that you can end up with 4 (or even more?) of the same type of ship. If this is intended, that’s fine, but if it’s also true that they will now always attack as a group immediately instead of progressively joining the fight then please let me know and I can just cancel the mission.