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  1. The title is a little misleading. I love Astroneer and will continue playing indefinitely regardless but I have been thinking about an idea a lot recently whilst playing that could add life and longevity to a save file; incentivise continuing to play within that save rather than start anew. It was actually the first thing that popped into my head a few months ago, right after I completed the game. Wouldn’t it be cool to progress from the current solar system to a new one after having unlocked all the things and collected all the things and taken them to the thing and triggered the thing… It just feels 'right' somehow given the lost in space exploration building survival nature of the game. Let’s ignore the technical challenge for a moment of building a system such as this and imagine being presented with a new solar system every time you started a new game or completed your current game. The goal would remain the same: collect all of the things, unlock the things and go to the thing to trigger the thing and be rewarded with a fresh start (you keep all the things in your backpack and the catalog items unlocked) in a totally new solar system. Why? You’re trying to get back home of course! Have you never seen Quantum Leap? You're trying to get back to the Exo Dynamics System but there is a very small chance of triggering a jump that would get you there because… Every game would be unique. Every player generating their own journey and story. Each new solar system would present to the player a new “puzzle” to be solved. How to acquire all of the resources needed to build all of things needed to trigger a new cosmic warp event thing (I would prefer a ‘Big Bang’ type event, something epic and sci-fi like building a bomb to blow up the sun to trigger a warp or black hole but we already have the gates and whatnot…) and get to the next system and hopefully home? Players would need to explore the new system to identify where the resources reside on these unfamiliar planets. Whilst exploring maybe find a few things to add to the collections calalog (or journal or some sort that could be shared) along the way… When I say “new” solar system that doesn’t necessarily mean we need completely new planets with new plants and resources and weather and … a “new” solar system might just mean a parallel universe type thing. Same planets but different… Don't get me wrong I love the idea of a procedurally generated new solar system with new planets and colours and plants and discoveries to make and whatnot but realistically that might be a bit too radical a change for a game already out. So perhaps new simply means the same but different and more different to the current variation. Same biomes but organised within a solar structure differently somehow. Different number of planets. Perhaps different types of stars that produce different types of energy. Maybe in the next solar system Atrox is a massive Jupiter type thing and all the other planets are moons or perhaps there is just one planet that contains all biomes… Astroneer feels like it’s a crossroads or perhaps its my relationship with the game that is at the crossroads! As I said in the beginning I love the game and will continue to play and support it come what may but I do feel there is scope for something more. I would love more things to build. Lot’s of different options for power and transportation. I would love to see a whole new class of modules dedicated to sculpting and shaping the landscape. Sandcastle type moulds to build structures. Radio towers for navigation. Satellites for cartography and documentation. We’d need to document those parallel universes before their destruction! 🙂
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    Ideas for Weather

    I like the idea of storms retuning, even as a purely aesthetic event. I think there is generally a desire across both community and developers to bring storms back BUT how to do so in a compelling and fun way? I only started playing with the PS4 release so I completely missed the original storms but from the various YouTube clips I have seen they looked really cool, it made the planets look/feel more alive. In the short-term I would be happy just to 'see' the storms now and again with no tangible effect on the gameplay. Inviting the player to stop for a moment and take a pause in whatever they might be doing and simply enjoy the moment. In the long-term I would like to see in Adventure/Survival Mode the planets should push back against the player a little more, we pretty much get a non-consequences free pass to obliterate the solar system one planet at a time. There should be consequences to those actions in Adventure Mode. For example: greater terrain deformation results in more frequent and violent storms. Storms wouldn't necessarily be all bad either. In addition to those spikey balls of death, high winds could provide a boost to power output for Wind Turbines and randomly bring lost/loose items back to the base…
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    Automation: Future additions and improvements

    I love this idea. Possibly a nightmare to implement (imagine the A.I. for this thing, having to adapt to player deformation of terrain and randomly dropped objects) but go big or go home, right?! I was thinking of something similar, a tier 2 size 'drone' or auto-pilot module that could be attached to any vehicle and 'programmed' to move back and fourth between nodes, the nodes being either landing pads for rockets or a special rover docking station for rovers. It's a pain currently to move things over long distances, the Large Shuttle isn't really large enough and the rovers struggle which much of the terrain across all but a few planets. This means making multiple Large Shuttle journeys which isn't very compelling gameplay as you spend most of that time in/out of the launch/landing cutscenes. If you actually had to fly the shuttle, well then… but I digress. We need a better long distance transportation options for resources, I like the drone 'carrier' idea as one of those options!
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    Nice. I think we definitely need an 'end game goal' or two, something big and epic and sci-fi in which to dump bytes and resources. Personally I want to build a bomb capable of triggering a stellar event of procedurally generated beauty. An explosion perhaps capable of destroying the solar system (initiate a 'Big Bang' event that results in the deletion of the old save and beginning a new one, you keep the contents of your backpack) or creating a black hole or something… I like your space station idea. I like the idea in general of constructing orbital modules such as satellites to help with navigation of the surface or space stations to function as nodes or hub or interstellar spacecraft that will whizz you off to a new save. The game needs something such as your suggestion, something big (Tier 10!) something epic to sink a ton of resources into and set an overall objective for the Adventure mode of the game. Yes, there is already a little something to do but it isn't very satisfying to do it. I did it and it was a cool experience but honestly it was a little flat at the end. I like the idea of something cyclical like a solar system reset, the end is a new beginning. It is a creative sandbox game after all and like most creative endeavours you eventually need a fresh canvas to paint as you develop and think of new ideas. I would love to see (setting aside the technical difficulties in realising this for a moment) a new procedurally generated solar system for every new save. The same biomes as we have now but a little different each time… a new puzzle to solve as a reward.
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    Air vehicle (no not the rocket)

    Yes! An air vehicle of some kind (I like the idea of a Hydrazine powered Luna Lander style contraption that flies similar to the Astroneer Jetpack) is desperately needed to navigate planets such as Vesania, Novus and Atrox as their surface design is incredibly unkind to rovers of any size unless you burn through them with the drill/paver combo which I prefer not to do as it impacts greatly on save performance overall. Most importantly though I think it would be really good fun to fly something like that around. It would certainly encourage greater exploration. Flying around collecting research/scrap and resource canisters. I would love something like that.
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    Automation: Future additions and improvements

    I'm desperate for some kind of train/pipeline system. Running backwards and forwards to collect resource canisters can be a terrible chore at times. I tried creating an auto-arm conveyer with some success but it was a chore to set it up and then I had to babysit the thing to keep the arms working even with a sensor system to regulate them.
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    Tier 4 variants of tier 3 machines

    Yes! I was thinking the same recently. I would love to see a new tier size for existing modules with expanded functionality. I now find myself using multiple smelters, soil centrifuges and chemistry labs to populate the various production lines but isn't very efficient. Running everything requires a lot of power (both in game and in terms of processing load on the PS4…) which inspired my own ideas regarding tier 4 smelters, soil centrifuges and chemistry labs. I imagine tier 4 versions of existing production modules to provide greater throughput but also greater sophistication and complexity in their design. A tier 4 smelter for example might have multiple input and output slots to allow for different processes to run concurrently. The same for the soil centrifuge and chemistry lab.
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    Extra Large Shredder perma shut

    I am experiencing this issue too. I have mine mounted on an Extra Large Platform C rather than a Large Rover.
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    Auto starting research chamber

    I sincerely hope it will be a thing! :-)
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    Auto starting research chamber

    If I am remembering correctly, the chamber was already running when I saw the Astronium move from storage to the chamber. I’ll see if I can find the clip for you this weekend. Maybe I dreamt it! 🙂 It would make sense (as you say) for the chamber to auto-start if the is a research item available in local storage. Maybe it should be more like the Smelter, it’s either on/off. If it’s on then it simply drags into itself whatever is in local storage and can be researched? it would free the player to engage in the fun part of researching, running around and collecting the research.
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    Auto starting research chamber

    Funny thing is, I’m sure the Research Chamber used to ‘pull’ items into itself from storage. i saw it in a YouTube video on an earlier build, I think the video was on One Last Midnights channel. There was a short clip of Astronium moving from storage into the chamber... if I am remembering correctly (I’ve been asleep many times since I saw it!) then it’s either a bug (that it doesn’t pull research in automatically) or disabled as a means of preventing people cheesing Bytes from natural resources. You could make a ridiculous amount of Bytes with little no effort using a Soil Processor, Smelter or both in combination with storage silos and a research chamber all mounted on a Large Rovers IF the chamber was on auto.
  12. What if you could combine Soil with the 3d-printers to print Lego Duplo-style bricks for building structures. I was playing around with the sculpting tools in Creative Mode recently and whilst it is a lot of fun it is quite tricky to make the tools do what you want them to do. At least, on PS4 it is tricky perhaps better on PC. I am sure with practice I would get better but what if you could collect soil and print bricks using the printers instead. The bricks would need to be quite large (think Duplo rather than Lego) otherwise building with them could be a chore. Different color soil produces different color bricks. A range of different size and shape bricks could initially be produced utilizing the different size printers. Bricks 'snap' together utilizing the current snapping system. Placing the first brick on the ground initiates a small deformation transformation (just like the large shelter) the bottom of the brick 'merging' with the soil to provide a solid flat foundation on which to build. My initial thought was to potentially print whole structures using soil using a new larger tier of printer that can move around on wheels like one of those massive cranes for loading/unloading cargo containers or attaching a printer to the crane (see the Northwestern video below for an example of how this would work) but that would require fashioning a new printer with new mechanics. Printing bricks would I believe build on the mechanics already in-game. The idea of shaping the landscape in order to create larger spaces (rather than simply printing a larger single piece structure) as it is theorized regarding future Moon/Mars colonization missions really appeals to me. Utilizing the landscape. This system could conceivably be extended to produce other items: glass for window panels, aluminum for roofing panels, plastic for wall panels… I have to admit there isn't currently much of a need for a base building system like I am suggesting. I simply believe it would really good fun to make things using such a system but there really isn't a gameplay driven need for building structures… until weather/storms are re-implemented or you wanted to recreate a different biome on an otherwise incompatible planet so you could farm organics natural to that biome… but I digress. If hazards were re-introduced structures would definitely have more use but for now it would be fun extension to the current terrain sculpting system! Maybe that alone is enough? 🙂 A few interesting related links: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/bricks-martian-soil https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/53djpb/the-first-mars-homes-could-look-like-red-space-igloos http://news.mit.edu/2015/interplanetary-architecture-1015 https://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/magazine/fall-2018/creating-space-on-mars.html http://news.mit.edu/2017/mars-city-living-designing-for-the-red-planet-1031 https://www.dezeen.com/2013/01/31/foster-partners-to-3d-print-buildings-on-the-moon/
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    What if you could use soil to 3d-print bricks…

    I agree. Even though it was my suggestion! I am into the idea though of sculpting (or printing) on a much larger more industrial scale. The Paver/Drill combo allows for something of this. The crane/printer in image below (taken from the Northwestern link above) looks uncanny, very similar to the crane in game! It got me thinking… But again, I agree, there isn't much practical use in the game as it is currently for large scale structures. Maybe if hazards were reintroduced, if they are reintroduced. Big 'if' there. 🙂
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    Automation / Conveyor Belts

    I like the point-to-point transfer idea. As much as I would love to see a conveyor belt full of Astronium making its way up the ramp out of the cave to my preprogrammed Chemistry Lab (connected via conveyor belt to my Atmosphere Condenser) pumping out Hydrazine I wonder if that would be too much for my PS4 to handle, graphically speaking! Point-to-point (which to my mind would be items popping out of storage on one platform and popping up in another sounds more feasible. Interestingly, I noticed during the No Clip documentary footage of an early build with with what appeared to be conveyors or something like your point-to-point transfer. Link below. 32:21
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    Add Space Stations

    Yes please! It would be good for the game IMHO to have more things to build in general and perhaps one of those things is a space station. A number of times whilst playing through the main quest line I thought it would be useful to have an orbital hub of some sort to store stuff or quickly produce something as I move around from planet to planet. A sort of orbital 'half-way house' (historical: an inn midway between two towns…) that would require less fuel to reach than a planet to planet journey. But as EmeraldGamerr has already said it feels like a massive undertaking from a development point of view. That doesn't mean it won't happen mind you! I am no expert (well, at least not at game development…) but it does feel like a lot of work. Hopefully I am wrong because I do think the game would benefit from some big (like, really big) long term items/projects to sink resources and Bytes into and a fully customizable modular space station (or space stations) might just be one of those things! Somewhat related (and perhaps more achievable) might be satellites. We already have the Trade Platform and the EXO Research Aid platform (both good foundations for a satellite launcher) so it isn't too much of a stretch to imagine they might be possible. I mentioned this idea in another thread (so apologies for the rehash but your idea feels related) whereby satellites could provide a solution to the much requested mini-map (of lack thereof) whilst maintaining the spirit of the game in the form of satellite photography. There is precedent for this in NASA's Earth photography program which is pumping out spectacular imagery every day royalty free in high resolution. Website link below. Interesting are the different forms of imagery generated by the satellites such as thermal images. I mention this because you mentioned (OP) something about scanning for resources. Perhaps satellites in game could be outfitted with different types pf cameras and sensors (so, customizable) that could roughly detect different types of resources as well as sending back images of the surface (tapping into the camera mechanic) to assist way finding and navigation and finding resources above ground. If storms were to be re-introduced a weather satellite might be useful… 🙂 + 1 from me for Spacestations! Love it. It feels like a lot but could be fantastic and as I said I think the game does need a few more larger big picture projects/items to sink resources and Bytes into developing. Brilliant game, absolutely love it and can't wait to see where it goes… https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/images/index.html
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    Quality of life suggestions

    I have had so much fun getting lost and/or falling down holes and having to figure out how get out. I feel that is such a big part of the game in the beginning. Getting lost and going on a bit of wander and learning how to navigate I discovered so many things whilst lost and still do. But that’s just me. I understand it can be really frustrating getting lost if that wasn’t the objective. It’s really easy to get turned around almost instantly in a cave system. A mini map would definitely help but I do wonder if there isn’t a better more interesting solution to this problem. For example: maybe your character could help with an emote pointing way back to base or the shuttle if lost. The landscape generation could also be better in this regard too, there are too many landmarks that make navigation by sight quite tricky, too much of landscape looks the same. It’s a problem in all procedurally generated games, everything looks the same pretty much. Another idea to keep the solution inline with the game concept (I like that there are no obtrusive UI graphical overlays common in other games which for me always feel a bit cheap and break immersion having to switch between the world of the game and the graphical world overlaying the game) might be he ability to fashion a special navigation module for your backpack like the probe scanner that will lock on to beacons or technology or bases. Something you could control. Perhaps a more sophisticated compass or map module. How about taking this idea even further, creating a navigation satellite module you could launch into a geostationary orbit that would send you a ‘picture’ of the area below, a snapshot of the current landscape (tapping into the camera mechanic) to account for any changes you might have made (I often dig massive holes, big enough to fly a shuttle down several levels to!) to the landscape. That could be fun! Don’t get me wrong I’m not against the idea of a mini map but if implemented I would like to see it done so in a new and interesting way in keeping with the spirit of the game. It is a creative sandbox after all! 🙂
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    Automation / Conveyor Belts

    I love this idea for both it’s practically and the creative possibilities it presents. It also feels very feasible given the extender mechanic. I imagine the conveyer to be an upgrade on the extender carry both power and resources. Maybe even combine with the splitter somehow. I have a really strong need for some kind of conveyer mechanic in my current save. I have some excellent resource deposits close to my base but just a little too far to build out too currently. It would be great to build a crane at the resource location and connect it back to storage at the base using conveyors!