We've been experimenting with a new feature that will be the cornerstone of release 7.1:
NPC Mail Couriers
But these guys don't just fly around aimlessly. They serve a real purpose on top of giving the feel of "life" in the universe.
- A new way to send mail -
We've started by completely overhauling the in game messaging system. We've solved a number of bugs and added an important option to the composition layout: "Where" are you sending your package?
After you type in the station you want to send it to, within the next 5 minutes a Cargoship with the tag AC (Alliance Courier) will appear.
- You can choose to follow it to it's destination.
- You can communicate with it.
- Or you could blow it up (But there's no money in that).
Note: Keep in mind if you are just sending a message with no package, the recipient will still receive immediately.
- Couriers move in real time -
Alliance Couriers move in real time. So if you send from a station that's 20 sectors away, it could very well take 30 or so minutes for the package to arrive. If you lose the courier visually, you'll have to locate it on radar.
You have to keep in mind that the universe is infinite, it's destination could be in any direction and for an unknown amount of sectors.
- Couriers inadvertently fuel the economy -
Alliance couriers are the primary method of transporting goods around the Core. They will deliver goods on a public/randomized schedule. There could very well be times when goods do not arrive from earth in a timely fashion. Events like these are completely random.
We're all very excited about this new system and hope you are too.
What do you think about this new feature? Post your thoughts in the comments below.