I started and completed a game today in one sitting, on Normal difficulty (I haven't had the chance to really play the game until recently again, gotta brush up). Anyway...
Twice during this game there was a massive swarm of ships that appeared. I had Eyes of the Universe so I saw everything. The first time it happened, the Arceans benefitted from it. The mini-map was just loaded with yellow dots indicating Arcean ships all over the galaxy. This happened during my war with the Thalans (they were crushed). The second time it happened when I was at war with the Torains. Needless to say, I sued for peace (thank goodness I had the tops in diplomacy tech). I had to rethink my strategy and build up my military. Eventually I did go to war with the Torians again but it took awhile before they surrendered their last few planets to the Drath.
I this was mentioned not so long ago. It seems like a duplicate of the influence bomb that happened in a previous version but with ships this time. That influence issue was resolved. Has anyone else experienced this?
BTW, I am using v1.2.