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What if there was a possibly to perform an EVA while in orbit? EVA is extra vehicular activity and it basically means leaving your space craft while in orbit of a planet.

I think that this would be very cool as you could use small thrusters on your backpack to manoeuvre and fly around. Another cool idea would be that there could be asteroid belts that you could visit to mine exclusive ores on or construct bases. I honestly think this at least a decent idea that would be quite interesting if it were to be implemented.

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First off, +1

But...

if you delve into the depths of this forum, you can see that this has already been suggested in, no offence, better permutations

I absolutely LOVE this Idea and it holds a lot of potential, but this is something they can add later in the games life

An update like this would take MASSIVE amounts of time (No offence to the SES Dev Team) unless the players want it sooner and it to be filled with bugs

Many new mechanics would have to be introduced such as advanced gravity, which would be a cool update on its own if it were released

*Ex: low gravity on the moons and lots of gravity on more difficult planets

Not only that, but they would then need to decide whether or not the players should be allowed inside the space station, which if they did, that would mean that they ignored all of the times we asked for permission to build extra large shelter to go inside and decorate, which I know, Isn't true

A new movement system would have to be put in place for movement in 0 G's, they would have to determine how late game this would be (If too late, there's no point), what tier the space station would be in the crafting menu which, in itself, is a large... LARGE issue

If they did make a new printing tier, they probably wouldn't just make it for this update, unless there are more platforms and shredders that can only be exclusively crafted with this

They would have to decide what purpose it would serve if it was an early game thing, how many resources it would need, WHAT resources it would need, how difficult it would be to launch it (A way to launch it into orbit in general), how accessible it would be to the player, what its benefits would be, where to place the space station (ie. in space, in orbit, around a moon), whether its movable or not, if it can become damaged over time...

So yeah, although I would LOVE to see this, its just too large scale of a dream to accomplish within the coming updates

Heck, I didn't even cover the asteroid belt;

Where it would be, How to maneuver around (whether with the new 0 G movement system or with a smaller shuttle), how long it should take a player to completely explore it, how it would render into view from other planets,

-side note: ever wonder why you can't see beyond the horizon on a planet/moon? It's because its round. An asteroid belt would have to be HUGE for it to encircle a few planets and the sun at the same time, and because of that, it would practically be flat from a first person view (3rd, rather😛)

How gravity would work, whether the asteroids should move, what resources the asteroids would contain (if too advanced, there wouldn't be a reason to stop off at other planets), which way is up (similar to super Mario galaxy, maybe?), what material the asteroids would be (how hard, really), determine if the player can even BREATHE in the vacuum of space since there is no oxygen for an oxygenator to collect in space rendering tethers useless (maybe an advanced O2 tank?), how lighting would work, how beacons would react to not being on the surface of a planet, if a player can place a shelter, what types of hazards there should be...

*Inhales

Man, that's alot

Again, I love this Idea, and so does the rest of the community I can assure you, but I just see it bringing a new sort of... standard? Level? EXPERIENCE of gameplay that the game just doesn't have/can't handle right now

But I can sympathize that many of us would rather them work on hosting issues and lag instead 😉

We as the community will never turn down an update like this, but many would agree that the base game still needs a Tiny  bit of polishing before they move onto something as large as that

Welcome to the forums btw, post more often why don't ya? 🙃

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EmeraldGamerr is right, the development of space activity within the game is a huge project and one that might bring fundamental changes tot he game as a whole. i could imagine players electing to spend almost all their time in space and avoid going planet side entirely, especially if they can get their resources out there from asteroids etc.

the game as it stands doesn't really have a space exploration component at all at the moment; space is just the mechanism they use to switch planetary environments for the players. changing that means much more than just a bolt on, it's a whole new source code for the world.

right now the game is in need of much remedial work, from code tweaks to implementing multi-player mode properly, to game balance and player motivation enhancements. it's great to dream and to want bigger things for Astroneer, but before we fly, we must run properly.

eventually i believe there will be more space borne exploration and activity in the game. i see it as inevitable, when the game is ready. it's not ready yet.

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