Auto Lock Back. If no target is locked, auto lock other ship that locks onto your ship.
Way back when, weapon round travel was greater than AI targeting range. This was changed so that you could not snipe turrets just outside their targeting range. Good change in my opinion.
I am not suggesting changing round travel ranges. I think you guys did a good job with that taking into account game performance with longer travel ranges.
However, I can now snipe ships by staying outside of 800 meters and locking onto them and assigning turrets with greater range to that target. This is OK if the other ship is manned and can lock onto me and fire back or has locked up another target and is dealing with them first or can change targets to me if they desire, the computer constantly changing targets without the players input just because a new target locks them would be bad. So if the ship is manned and locked onto something, this new Auto Lock Back feature I'm suggesting does not function. However, unmanned ships is a different story.
Unmanned ships (No one in a control seat or using a remote)
Unmanned ships should always auto lock a target that locks them, or they are defenseless, even though they may have turrets that have range to fire at a target. If they were manned and the gunner selects a target they would have range and fire. It should not require a player to select a target in this scenario. One downside, but maybe not, to this is that if you are just locking up a target to check its stats with the targeting info and it is unmanned, you will get fired on even if you don't fire at it. I think this is good, it is risky to lock onto something as it can detect your lock and should defend itself. Second downside to this, but has a solution, is that if multiple ships lock onto the unmanned ship, which one does it lock and fire at? Solution, the closer one or the bigger one. Choosing which would require testing. For example, a large ship with long range guns could sit at just under 2km and pound the target with rail gun and artillery while a smaller more agile ship could get in close and try to draw and evade fire if the auto lock locks the closer ship, actually a good tactic, maybe the AI is not that smart and the advantage goes to the player. Either way, the ship has a fighting chance. The more I think about it, I think it should target the closer target first to keep that closer ship from ramming or getting close enough to get a boarding party on the ship. The biggest threat is a player getting on board or right outside and setting off a warhead. Please fix hydro manning while you are at it. :)
Ok, back to Auto Lock.
Manned ships that are already locked onto something, should NOT auto lock every new target that locks them up. This would be annoying to the pilot/gunner.
Manned ships that are not locked onto a target, MAYBE SHOULD or SHOULD NOT auto lock a new target that locks onto them. I say maybe, because if the ship designer setup the ship to play a warning sound or flash a light when it is locked onto, then the player will become aware real quick of the incoming fire and can search for and lock up the new target. I don't think that a design flaw in the ship should be corrected by the auto lock back system as it can be corrected by the designer/player with a simple sound bock or flashing light. But I can see an argument that it should because, if an unmanned ship can do it, why not a manned ship. So manned ship should only auto lock back (if they should at all) if they are NOT already locked onto a target.
PS Hydro Manning
Either nerf the suit acceleration so turrets can track and hit them or change the name of interior turrets to "anti personal" and/or "anti missile" turrets and make them track and hit players better and/or track and hit missiles better or else just remove the check box because 99% of the time they never hit missiles. Possibly do the same for Gatlings with players and/or incoming missiles. Although missiles are kinda obsolete now. I lean toward interior/anti personal turrets being more accurate because then they have a real purpose in game. However, now we have to have 4 turrets types on our ships and holy pcu and not enough hot bar buttons hell batman. Either way, a player in a suit with a grinder or a welder and warhead parts should not be able to evade turret fire by flying in little circles while approaching a ship at 110m/s and hitting dampers at the last second to get into a safe spot, while not splatting on the hull and then grind into the ship or set a warhead off. A suit should not be able to take down a capital ship covered in turrets. Nerfing the jet pack would also affect other mechanics of just flying around so maybe increasing turret accuracy is the easier solution, less secondary consequences. Actually if I remember correctly, turrets used to have almost no bullet spread but after the bullet range was set to the AI range you guys added bullet spread to balance it out. Or was it the other way around, you did bullet spread to stop turret sniping and then made the ranges the same which really stopped turret sniping but didn't reduce the bullet spread back down...So now with the new turret mechanics maybe bullet spread could be reduced to hit suits better. You've got smart play testers, right? They should be able to work with a programmer to figure it out. Just please do something! It is so easy to evade turrets and get mad loot. I get way to rich in multiplayer with just my suit.