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Okay, brace yourself because when I was working today, a whole bunch of ideas came to my mind, so sorry if it doesn't make sense, but I'll try to make it sound perfect. I play Astroneer on the Xbox One, and I love the planets you can travel to. So, I was thinking there could be planets that are like Saturn and Jupiter. Even planets with rings around it that you can actually land on and the ring is around the planet, and you can see it just like the image below. Another thing is to build telescopes so you can see other planets or suns or stars from where you are. Like, I was thinking you can see a meteor shower from normal view, and if you build a telescope, you can zoom into it and it would be beautiful things that you can see closer. Some of the debris could even fall onto the planet you are on, or maybe on another planet that you saw it fall on with the telescope! That would be soooo cool!! Another thing would be Worldly Events! On Nintendo's Kirby Air Ride, when you played the city mode, things would happen while you collected stuff. I think that should happen too! Like when there is a meteor shower, it could be coming to you and you gotta take cover. It's kinda like the storm, but this would be a lot more dangerous. Obviously, that might be too extreme for this kind of game, but there could also be tornadoes or earthquakes. I think earthquakes would be the best of all those choices because then the ground would break apart and you could explore much easier, much more would be covered, but it would be scary because you never know where the earth would split, even on your base! I felt like this idea needed its own spot, but I think Supernovas should be a thing. Like, not in the galaxy you're in, or wherever you are, but the telescope you build can zoom so far to other places that you can actually witness the sun explode. Then, there are black holes and all that, but that's for another time, lol. One more before the last idea, I think there should be notifications from the computer or you base that pops up a picture or some text or something that lets you know what and when the worldly event happens. It could have a timer as well too to give us some time to prepare, but an estimated time, because it's obviously supposed to be a surprise event. It could even let us know when a supernova is going to happen. One last idea, and I really hope this one works for the game as well. It's about the moon, or Barren or whatever, but I hope there is a full moon, new moon, solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, red moon, quarter moon, waning, waxing, yellow moon, harvest moon all that, while you are on Terra or whatever other planet has moons. That would be so cool if that could happen somehow. There should also be a DAY COUNTER to see how long you have survived on these planets as well. If you think there are dumb ideas here, let me know so I can think of other things, but if you agree, let's talk about more stuff. These ideas really blossomed with me.
Here's an observation to test out. I thought I'd go for a drive around the irradiated planet, heading due South. I was using the stars to navigate as usual but I notices that when I checked the mini compass on my astro, it was all over the place after a while. I'd set off in the direction, drive for 30 secs or so then recheck, and it kept flipping. This completely threw me so i went back to using the stars; and immediately noticed what looked like a zenith overhead. So is there a magnetic north and south pole effect here? Looks like there is which is pretty cool but can throw your navigation out .
Just sharing a brainstorm of ideas that have come to mind as I play... really enjoying the game even in its pre-alpha stage. Just hopeful that a variety of planets is on the horizon for the game.The inclusion of gas giants and planets with rings? Also perhaps vary the color of the sun (star) as well as the size of the sun. in the center of the solar system. The addition of meteors striking planets, perhaps bringing with them new alloys? Astroneers landing on and mining asteroids or even comets. Is there going to be the inclusion of gold or an economic aspect to the game? Liquid,,, lakes and oceans is a must in my opinion, opens up so many possibilities for exploration and life. Snow, precipitation, dust devils, lightning and more weather. Shuttle and Spaceship are too similar in design. Spaceship should be more like a rocket. Satellites that can take pictures of your base or planet from orbit. GPS satellite researched and launched to help you find your way/map the planet. Telescopes or binoculars to scout areas. An inclusion these items through research and a tech skill tree that must be developed these should be a difficult but rewarding aspect of the game, perhaps finding old tech and piecing together the parts/blueprints?. Larger habs, greenhouses to grow food, evaporators to capture moisture .... to enhance the survival aspect and meet the basic needs of the Astroneer, starving and dehydration should also be ways to die in the game. Thanks again for creating such an interesting game!