Chord Lord

Idea for Satellites/Maps

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After playing Astroneer for a while, it starts to become easy to get lost while exploring a large planet. While a map would be helpful, a standard map would not fit the games theme or feel very well in my opinion. However, building or repairing satellites to take pictures while in orbit would be a great way to make navigation just a bit easier.

What exactly would the satellites do?

Satellites would be sent into orbit around a specific planet. While in orbit, satellites would take pictures of the planet's surface from a bird's eye view. Satellites could take pictures of areas that the player requests or could gradually take pictures as they slowly orbit the planet. These pictures could take on various different forms. Perhaps they could be topographical, or could show you the location of landmarks such as wrecks, cave entrances, etc.

How would you build and launch satellites?

Satellites could either be built or repaired. The many satellites found crashed on planets could be repaired by bringing various materials to them. Perhaps you may even need to venture deep underground to find a satellite computer or something to be able to make the satellite operate. Satellites could also be selected from the vehicle bay to be built, or maybe they could be launched and monitored from a new type of base module altogether (like a "satellite control center" or something of the sorts)

That's all I got for now. Please leave any other suggestions you have for satellites or maps in the comments. Thanks!

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On ‎12‎/‎28‎/‎2017 at 11:46 PM, Chord Lord said:

After playing Astroneer for a while, it starts to become easy to get lost while exploring a large planet. While a map would be helpful, a standard map would not fit the games theme or feel very well in my opinion. However, building or repairing satellites to take pictures while in orbit would be a great way to make navigation just a bit easier.

Great minds think alike, glad to see you agree with me ;)

I've posted nearly the exact same ideas in other threads:

People have been begging for a GPS system since the game was released (December 2016).  As to why there is no GPS in the game by default... it's looking more and more that the reason will be woven into the backstory of Astroneer    The context of the game is that the astroneer is basically starting from scratch, so a GPS system should have a high barrier to entry. (see the possible backstory posted below for the reason why the astroneer is starting from scratch)

Whatever system is implemented that makes navigation easy, it should be something that requires several steps.  Simply extracting bytes from research pods, and then unlocking a complete navigation solution would be a cheesy move by the devs.

For example, the astroneer will have to scavenge the parts from crashed satellites found on the surface (or down in caves), in order to build a new GPS satellite.  He will have to process the fuel (ammonium) for the satellite.  He will also have to spend research bytes to unlock the launching platform for the satellite, and maybe even the command & control firmware a GPS satellite would require.

BACKSTORY:

Spoiler

 

When this solar system was discovered, a space station packed with gear and astroneers was sent to explore it.  The space station deployed all of the satellites they brought.  And several astroneers went to the various planets with most of the gear from the station.  An asteroid field was detected rapidly approaching the solar system.  So the space station left orbit to a safe location until the asteroid field had cleared the solar system.

The astroneers already on the planets could not get back to the station in time, so they took shelter in caves.  The asteroids caused all their satellites to crash (hence, we find crash sites scattered all around).  By the time it was safe for the space station to return, sadly the astroneers who were left behind had all died (hence, we find dead astroneers in caves).  The astroneers remaining on the station carried on with the mission.  However, since most of the equipment was lost to the asteroids, they are having to start from scratch.

 

 

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