I know that ignoring UFOs will result in a higher panic rate.
But what if I shoot down a UFO and ignore it? Will it also result in a higher panic rate?
Note: NOT using Long War, a.k.a., "EW Vanilla".
I looked around on a couple of other forums and found the following
I ignored a few shot down ufo and didn't get any negative panic hits.
You didn't lose any points in OG from a crashed ship, you just didn't gain any more points. Just shooting the ship down gives you points and keeps the aliens from getting a complete mission, so they don't get points.
In OG, once I had things settled (month 2-3) I never sent a skyranger to a crashed ship. They usually didn't have a good power core, so there was really no point in going. I only assaulted supply-ships and infiltration missions that were landed.
I have just tested this.
Shot a UFO down over the USA and then did not send a Skyranger to the downed ship.