Ships in Heat Signature are generated procedurally at random. However, they have a few common features:
- Modular construction and destruction.
- Can be hijacked if the player gets to the cockpit or mans a turret.
- Ships will fire homing missiles at the player if they detect their pod.
- Most ships will contain loot that can be used to upgrade the ship.
- Ships will typically have crew on board, which will hunt down the player if they detect them.