It seems like a useless feature 😂 I can't think about any use for it.
@jontebula is really funny the way you think. You're always complaining about everything, blabbing about how new things will damage the game, etc. But as soon as a new feature is released you eat it raw and ask for more, making suggestions that will truly break the game... You dislike subscription with 200 extra inventory but you want to add flight physics, gps joystick controller? You're basically asking for Niantic to create a entire new startship war game and insert it to ingress. Might also add VR oculus rift support as well...
Current drone maneuver/controls are perfectly fine. I would just agree that they could be visible.
Drone Mark I is visible but doesn't count towards your inventory, so you may see this represented as "2,001 items" if you're at max capacity. We're aware of that issue and that it's showing up in the Capsule Management screen, and we're working to fix this in an app update.
"Longest Hacking Streak" implies Sojourner.
I hope you all keep in mind that allowing drones to affect the portals would be a disaster. Please never even think of going that way.
@NianticBrian there are things I like about the Drone,
For example, being able to hack a P8 when you are unable to walk down the road to it, for example you are sick with the flu.
What I don't like about it, is that it consumes all Hacks for 5 hours, I'd change that to limiting Hacks to 4, no less than 15 minutes apart, for up to 4 Hacks per hour until the 5 hour cool down occurs.
It is touchy to know if using heatsinks and multi Hacks will improve gameplay, or shift too far and be over powered. I reckon the lattter.
Ingress is about getting out and about.
What I'd change about the drone, is that it should be limited to link lines of whatever faction it started out from, when hopping from one portal to the next, ie if you are Resistance, and want to use it on Enlightened portal links, then YOU travel to an Enlightened portal to put the drone on.
Another suggestion, is that you can possibly one Hack one key only, ie glyphing more keys will not work, thus you would be limited to the one key
Putting that key into a locker would be the only method to be able to hack one more keys, but I'd prefer this not happen, as it will seriously unbalance the game.
If at some point the DroneNet will be upgraded to Level 2, and enable linking with it, ie, one link per 60 minutes might be possible, but then this would be exploited too easily.
Instead, maybe one link only, then the DroneNet 2 would be immediately returned. Still no deploying mods. To maintain balance, as a lot of people go out of their way spending upwards of thousands for big fielding ops, and the DroneNet 2 if it comes with linking, should consider the ramifications of that. I would err on the side of caution, than hastily add something that is detrimental to the game.
I can see that Niantic want to return to Hack Only for Sojourner, and remove the recharge facet, where the drone is useful for that.
The use of Drones for flipping portals should also never happen, again, too easily to be exploited.
Anyways, these are just my opinions.
After sleeping on this a bit,
It devalues Sojourner, perhaps alter the mechanics so that it does not work towards Sojourner?
Drones should always be visible
Jumping should from portal to portal should be via links only, and only up to as far away as the scanner can see, so no 6667km jumps
Limit one faction link network jump per day, within view range on the scanner, ie jump from an Enlightened link net to a Resistance link net
If DroneNet V2 comes out,
No remote linking,
No modding portals
No flipping of portals
List available portals with links to enable slightly longer jumps
Minigames which utilises the drones to battle each other, similar to like we had with the shard game, but with drones,
No key Hacking but perhaps, something else?
It can’t be used to retrieve a Portal Key or take any other action. It does count as a Drone hack towards Sojourner, but it can't be used to complete a mission or as a proxy for event attendance — these will continue to require your physical participation.
I'd only ask that it forever stays like this.
Let's face it, drone is a legitimized spoofing. The less portal interaction it can do, the more valuable agents' real life movement is.
Its hack counted for Sojourner is already not good. An agent of my community once walked kilometers everyday during winter time to achieve it, earning it the hard way. Now you just made Sojourner drastically (I'd say 95%) easier. There's literally no value in this badge anymore. Earlier you had to get away to the street to hack a portal no matter what is happening to you this day; now feeling sick or lazy? Just use a drone. This is gross.
I agree with a person saying that he doesn't understand why this feature even needed after COVID is passed. I see this as making Ingress easier. And not in a good way.
Please develop drones in a way which doesn't change portal network state. I've already saw a multitude of good ideas: "alarm drone" which sends you a notification if a portal in 200m radius is attacked; "recon drone" to see other's drones (and possibly be able to force recall them?) and so on. No portal interaction.
Bro, you're like two steps from GPS Joystick.
Suggestion of a new medal for Furthest Drone Flight (FDF)
A game to extend FDF record seems interesting. it is strategic because we have to plan a longest path by carefully checking Intel Map to avoid a dead end. It also need a lot of manual work for re-deploying a drone. This effort deserves a medal. I don't think It might go as planned because sometimes it suddenly comes to end if forcefully recalled. It is kind of game of luck to an extent, but it would rather make this game more interesting. How about "Aviator" for the name of this medal ?