AI Combat Drones are computer-controlled drone used by the Federation Force in Metroid Prime: Federation Force. The game is focused on co-operative play between up to four players, but this may not always be possible for certain players, or they may prefer to play the game alone. AI Combat Drones enable them to have company if they choose that are controlled by AI and can assist them in missions. This is entirely optional, however, and the player can choose to play without them if they wish. However, Kensuke Tanabe, the game's producer noted that playing completely solo may cause the missions to become more difficult as the mission difficulty is always balanced toward four players.
There are two MODs that can be used to enhance the capabilities of these drones. Only one copy of each can be equipped at once.
Assault Drones increases the damage output of AI Combat Drone attacks by 25%. Drone Plating increases the defensive capabilities of any drones in use and protects them from damage. A Level 1, 2 or 3 MOD increases protection by respectively 25%, 50% or 75%.
- Assault Drones
- "Drones deal 25% more damage."
- Drone Plating
- "Reduces the effect of damage to a drone's energy by 25/50/75%."
- DRONE ALONE
- "Metroid Prime: Federation Force features multiplayer support up to four players in campaign mode, but even if you're a lone wolf, you don't need to fight alone in Solo Mode. Instead, you can equip three heavily-armed drones that hover near you, offering a little extra support when you need it."
"A deployable drone that provides aid in combat. Works without Marine input."
- ^ Parish, Jeremy (2015-08-05). "I was quite surprised by the backlash": Kensuke Tanabe on Metroid Prime Federation Force. USGamer. Retrieved on 2016-06-29.