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Over on the "How to post bugs" thread, Chris posted as an example...

"ie, "[V7.5 - Ground Combat] Aliens have infinite health!""

Combining that with the new test map that was billed as more of a search mission... and you have...

Sebillian Predator!

1 alien on the map.

larger than normal health/APs

Sebillians are already aggressive, close combat creatures so that's OK

Tactics to be determined by the AI that's being worked on...

A little back story flourish of these guys being genetically modified/ chemically enhanced experimental critters.

...and there you are. A Predator style mission designed to sow fear into a funding nation. Added dev points for making them available in the hot summer seasons of funding nations.

Obvious really...

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We need then AI who can hunt. I take(if is possible to try idea - need to try it at first) sebillian warrior(all sprites here but he not used in current ufos), give him HP, AP and armor boost and spawn him through quickbattle setup. He usualy hides somewhere around ufo and I just shoot him some turns by all my soldiers from out of his los or by hit and run. Sometimes he reaction kill guy who find him(this time he was with plasma cannon - nice weapon)

Tryed alter his settings like Recklessness and other but not see too much difference.

To deal with 3 drones is much more difficult and feels more dangerous (they share vision and it is can become a bullet swarm from all sides)

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Tryed alter his settings like Recklessness and other but not see too much difference.

Yeah, we'll need to see how the AI improvements affect Recklessness, Tactical and Situational for something like this. Possibly a fear inducing psionic attack to undermine your squad's confidence?

It would have been interesting to see something that shifts through the preferred ranges, as the morale of the squad falls. Ranged for plasma attack, then short range as it actively hunts then down and then melee (with a suitably nasty melee weapon, if there is such a thing anywhere in the game)

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And if this works, terror missions could have a chance of the terror units reprioritizing from civilians to Xenonauts. Nothing like running from a Reaper, away from the bunny-hopping celatids, and trying to stay out of the line of fire of a hoverdisc until the squad can regroup.

Hell, within that terror mission, make the single unit in a city map, invisible like the civilian bug, and you've got yourself a Predator 2 tribute mission too.

*Governator accent* "You're one ugly mutonfloater." */accent*

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  • 1 month later...

Having had a nose through the back story and another site, I noticed that the Sebillians generally were seen using plasma weapons at close range.

However...and here be spoilers ....that's spoilers...you wouldn't want to spoil anything for yourself would you?


OK then...

I noticed that the ground combat editor had in plasma claws for them. I recall this coming up before, but couldn't remember if it had been dropped. At least the possibility could be in there for melee type giant lizard's with advanced weaponry :)

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