I'm not seeing this as being active outside of Derra.
I've attacked three bandit groups with Droids in the past ten days. One group even had a Droid leader, another had two droids. The droids were always listed as NPC owned, and as such, could not be independently targeted (no "Attack" button on the Scanner screen).
So even when the squad with the Droid leader was eliminated, and only the Droid leader was left, there was no way to attack the lone target, and no way to reduce them via ion attacks.
And yes, I posted this in the currently active Bug report describing droid combat.
The droids not having a proper hostile owner is a known issue that's being addressed, but doesn't change the fact that droid combat/disabling/restraining is implemented (or at the least, not blocked) outside of Derra.
I saw a few droids when I was hunting the other day.
What an exciting and interesting new feature.
Has anyone seen other types of droids than the very basic K-4 Security junk?
Is there a chance to see a Super Battle Droid or a rare one with NPCs?
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