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Lately, I have been playing Forza Horizon 4. One of the best features about the game is the changing seasons. I thought that this would be a great concept for Astroneer so I made this thread. I hope for many replies so I can expand my thoughts.
I’d like to start by saying that I’ve been playing Astroneer frantically the last few days. I have spent countless hours exploring one planet (eventually building a freeway to the moon but that’s a story for another day) and I still keep coming back for more. However I started to notice something was a bit off. It felt as if I was playing on fast forward. Ironic, I know. I began to think of a few ideas that could make gameplay a bit more interesting. The main idea is real-time gameplay. If Astroneer were to sync to the players local time and apply the events in the game to play out in real time it would be a game changer. For instance If you only play at night you would have to adapt to the dark forcing the player to use wind turbines/solar panels for day time players. Or if you play all day, like me, it would just make for a more involved experience. With that said, weather should also be synced. If it’s raining outside i’d like it to be raining in the game. Doesn’t have to be 100% accurate but would be a nice experience. Also, by making things go by in real time would mean that research would be much slower. Having to start from scratch then go out and find raw materials to commence a lengthy research would be more rewarding. And like in real life, machinery always break down, need to be maintained, parts wear out, malfunctions, overheats, can be hacked, gets zapped by a lightning strike. This could lead into a more robust trading system or market. One thing leads to another but those are some of my thoughts. People could love it or hate it
Since Terran, and I believe all of the planets, spins on its axis perpendicular to its companion star, why then do we have seasons? Without the variability of thermal mixing of disharmonious air currents, due to an off-kilter axis, seasons don't occur. Air currents or jet streams tend to be uniform for their particular latitude with only minor disturbances between bands. But temperature variations shouldn't vary considerably. Jupiter is an extreme example as its atmosphere is very thick without land masses to keep them in check. I'm hoping someone has some astro-meteorological science facts to offer on way or the other.