Specialt

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  1. Hi All - Background - Often when exploring new planets, you may find yourself lost. You may be on a moon exploring and due to the round nature of the planet and its size, you cannot see your home base icon any longer. I am aware you have the compass available below your character for current navigation, but that doesn't always help. Suggestions - 1) Allow you to set your home habitat (in case you have multiple bases on a planet) and when away, your compass will highlight the cardinal direction to head to return. This is rather simple to implement, yet still leaves a small bit of the risk/reward with exploration. 2) Beacons can be seen infinitely around the planet with a distance provided. This gives you an idea of where to head to return to your base or beacon, but still requires you to navigate to get there. There's still a risk/reward for exploration, but it isn't as easy as #1 makes it for how to return. 3) Add a coordinate system to the game. This would allow you to track your position upon leaving the base and return back without an "auto-home" like feature from #1. It preserves a large amount of the risk/reward over exploration, yet still gives another tool to find your base and return. 4) Add to the planetary-view cardinals indicators when looking at a particular planet. A few times now when I've been lost, I don't bother roaming across the planet to find my base (as it has taken 30 min. to an hour previously) and instead choose to suffocate. After I drop back next to my base, I hop in my spaceship and view the planet from above to get some idea of where I was and where I need to go to find my body. That helps big time, but it isn't very precise. Having some sort of cardinal direction indicator in the planetary view could help alleviate this problem, while still keeping the largest amount of risk/reward to exploration. Final Notes: The impression I have from the game direction the developers want to pursue is that there is an overall desire to keep the risk/reward of exploring high, without an easy safety net to return home without any thought. I like that and can appreciate that, but I think if you've gotten lost on small planets enough, something like suggestion #4 plays into that narrative, but doesn't make it as automated as some of the suggestions in #1-3. Thanks for the consideration, SpecialT