I noticed that when I damaged the hull of some TIEs, they turn towards their mothership. In some cases they tried to land on them and in other cases they turned around and continued their mission.
With XWA, some battle roles were exposed to the players, I believe, during the creation of Skirmishes. Also during BoP campaigns, some groups would show particular role names.
Some roles I remember were Space Superiority, Strike, Bombing, Escort, etc.
I think some of them were selectable in those later games, but maybe they were hardcoded for particular ships in X-Wing and TIE Fighter.
For example, bombers (Y-W, B-W, T/B, GUN, TRN) would have the Strike or Bombing role, that determines that they will "stay on target" no matter what, and they will not attempt to engage attackers.
And others (X-W, A-W, T/F, T/I, SHU) would have the space superiority role, that would make wingmen stop following their leader and instead attack back their threats, even when their primary target would be other.
This would explain why some flight groups seem to try to go for their primary target under any circumstance, while others don't.
It would be nice if we could gather evidence of this by pinpointing some of these flightgroups in particular missions. I could observe them and study their behavior so that I can mimic it in the remake.
Otherwise, the mission balance could be seriously affected.
Sorry for the spam, but I really would like some more hints if you have them.
What kind of evasive maneuvers have you seen ships doing in X-Wing?
Do different types of ships perform different evasive maneuvers? Have you seen an A-Wing do something that an X-Wing never does? Or a TIE Fighter doing something a GUN never does?
I have seen some ships do:
- Turn in a particular direction hoping for their attacker to leave, then go back to their previous vector.
- Feint a turn to one direction, then half a second later, turn towards the opposite direction.
- Do a barrel roll while following straight (not very efective, but quite cinematic).
- Do a barrel roll while turning towards one direction (results in a spiral movement). I am not sure if I have ever seen this in X-Wing, or it is from another game.