I noticed hunger/food is on the Trello. I'm not sure it's necessary for this game and want to know what others think.
I feel like hunger was cool a few years ago. Games started featuring it and it was a way to make the game feel more real. But as survival games showed that they couldn't make it more interesting than any of their predecessors, at this point it just feels like an unrewarding grind in every game that has it.
Astroneer has some of the most beautiful imagery you can find - even when running frantically from a giant dust storm slinging person-sized rocks at you. It has moments of stomach-turning dread, like realizing you've lost orientation in a cave and need to quickly figure out which way goes back to your oxygen supply. Even "fighting" gas-spitting plants by tearing them from the ground is a refreshing form of self-defense in a game.
No, the game is not dangerous or difficult enough right now. Nature needs to be meaner to us. But with all the fantastic features above, making them more deadly or more numerous would be easy, and I think it would be a better way to increase game difficulty than leaning on the "hunger crutch" that really just gives us a boring chore that we need to attend to for the entirety of the game.
What do you all think of the idea of hunger in Astroneer?
So, we use oxygen as a "food" equivalent. I like it, as it is. Hunger is redundant.
If O2 wasn't unlimited you'd have to make organic farms (o2 production and collection), build a chemlab producing it (water electrolysis - either from collected ice or pipes connected to river/sea) or construct a condenser (if specific planet's atmosphere contains oxygen). For me - sounds like fun. But this game is casual, so..
To keep it as it is, we should make sure that player won't die because of lack of oxygen - base and vehicles with basic o2 supply. So, yeah ulimited oxygen - you could say - nothing has changed. But..
If we could make another use of O2, then things mentioned in point 1. would become profitable. You could build o2 tanks to keep it's excess and then use it to:
burn fuel (shuttles/thrusters/maybe fuel-powered generators)
produce metal alloys
make explosives (mining)