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Game progression: Research speed, Material Costs and overal game difficulty

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I'm a bit worried with the current progression rate of the game, the research speed, the material costs to construct things all determine the overal game difficult and as of right now things feel really easy. 

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The game difficulty is set to easy and will allow players to research everything and visit key planets within a short time frame to unlock everything.

  • Increase the research time by lower the value of re-searchable items.
  • Increase the material bill for higher tier produced items. 

 

I've had the experience of a 4 player co-op game and 4 players not knowing how the game worked or what needed to be done along with a great many hours of solo game play.
Early game, your mostly limited by the amount of power you can provide you facilities and this is even holding 4 player back some what, running multiple small generators we didn't consider to be ideal, but it helped out when needing to build something and overcome the power shortage.

Once the first vehicle is build, greatly extending the exploration range additional small solar panel and small wind turbine can be found at wrecked bases.
This will aid your progression speed and things speed up even more when batteries are found.

2/3 of the research catalog was unlocked, before we set out to explore other systems and of course without the additional required solid-fuel thruster to make the return trip with.
This all within two or three hours of disorganized mayhem, just trying and experimenting.

 

Once organized and knowing what to do, more or less the same can be achieved solo. Through out a week of 2 hour play sessions I managed to visit the barren moon, arid planet and tundra.
On each planet a decent array of power generators, wind or solar, paired with a battery to power a small base holding a smelter, Soil Centrifuge and a Vehicle Bay.

Rise and repeat this a few more times and I've been on all planets, unlocked everything in the catalog and build everything worth building.

 

To be clear, I'm not saying I'm not having fun. But I'm quite certain that once everything is unlocked the urge to continue to play the game without any new clear goals to achieve will not keep me and likely other entertained for very long.

 

Reducing the research value of re-searchable objects will slow down progression somewhat, but also provide more time to explore and gather resources.
Ramping up the material bill for higher tier equipment will force players to explorer further away from there base to find resources or tunnel deeper in to the planet.
Both will lengthen and slowdown the overall game progression somewhat as well as stimulate the need to build a rover or large rover and fully utilize it to aid in the goal to gather resources and re-searchable objects. 

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Having just started the game I feel the exact opposite; some resources seem impossible to find/obtain, which gives the sensation of a huge grind.

A selectable difficulty option would be awesome though, whith an easy mode for beginners like me, and a harder mode for more advanced players.

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On 11/16/2018 at 2:59 PM, puckay said:

Having just started the game I feel the exact opposite; some resources seem impossible to find/obtain, which gives the sensation of a huge grind.

Keen to learn how long it takes, before that experience stand point shifts...

At first I was the exact same, until I learned and discovered where to find what and through trial and error learn of my mistakes. 

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On 11/9/2018 at 11:45 AM, WildCatNL said:

Reducing the research value of re-searchable objects will slow down progression somewhat, but also provide more time to explore and gather resources.

Totally with you on that. I would even exponentally reduce the research points and research speed of every researchable element the more instancs of it you have already researched.

For example (Green Hostile Organic Research Item):

Now:

  • Item #1: 1280 Bytes 00:05:30
  • Item #2: 1280 Bytes 00:05:30
  • Item #3: 1280 Bytes 00:05:30
  • ...

Exponentally reduced:

  • Item #1: 640 Bytes 00:05:30
  • Item #2: 320 Bytes 00:11:00
  • Item #3: 160 Bytes 00:22:00
  • Item #4: 80 Bytes 00:44:00
  • Item #5: 40 Bytes 1:28:00
  • ...

This would still give you a total of 1280 Bytes, but for ALL of the green Hostile Organic Research Items together and only after a very long time. This would thereby massively encourage exploration (especially to other planets in case the research items are accordingly distributed). Also this would be slightly more realistic regarding how research works in the real world.

Of course this method would require real time updates for the research points and research speed in case more than one instance of the same item is researched at once, which would be a little tricky I suppose.

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