I've been playing Astroneer for quite a while, had my share of experiences, both frustrating and exciting ones, and multiple times (like most of us do while playing an early access game) I've wondered how the game could be improved for some situations, applications, etc.
Astroneer is mostly about exploring. Sure, there is base building, ressources collecting, but in order to do these activities, you first need to EXPLORE! And, unfortunately, in my opinion, the game doesn't (yet) give you the proper tools to efficiently explore, at least not like a bloody future spacetronauts would do! How many times did we had to turn our backs to a cave so deep building a ramp would take forever, how many times did we really wanted to reach that item we saw down below but were too lazy to tether down a path towards it, etc.
So I present you my very simple idea to, honestly, greatly improve the exploring experience: Rappel. Boom, right? I'm no coder or game developper, but I strongly believe this could be implemented at some point. We have an ability to anchor small objects to the surface (extenders) so why not think of a tool, build-able from the backpack after a low bytes cost reasearch - and for common ressource like... organic? - that would pretty much work like an anchor point for a rope. You'd place it on the edge of a cliff, cave entrance, etc, and use it as a purely vertical way of mooving around, then pick it back up... A small "vaulting, climbing" animation would be needed of course, but at least we would be able to do so much more, and so much faster.
The lenght of the rope would be limited, but it would be enough to decend safely into a hard-to-access cave, crater, hole of any sort. And remember these hanging plants that grabs onto you or objects and pull them up towards them? How about going back up the rope use the same work-around?
Anyway, this post is already too long for such a small idea, but I think it's a rather essential one, especially for an exploration game. There is no way to efficiently progress vertically through the terrain (yet, who knows, jetpacks incoming??) and I think a simple rappel mechanic would be fantastic...
- Grappling Hook? Gun upgrades that lets you shoot a hook at a relative distance and hang like Tarzan to fly over a gap?
- Ladders that could be packed and deployed wherever you want?
- Hell, an elevator system??
Have a nice one, thank you for your time.