Note: This a hypothetical discussion not accounting for the technical viability, but rather based around the question of “Would you play in an open mode (again), and engage with the wider community, including the player-driven competition, if there was a mode that eliminated the modifications induced through engineering for all players?”
Currently we have the following modes in the game:
b) Player Group
The idea is to add one new mode: Open Legacy with an optional mode of Legacy Player Groups
The Open Legacy mode would be a duplicate of the current Open mode, however restricted to content available within the base game, plus content related to planetary landings (this would still require the Horizons expansion).
This would NOT require a new save, as logging into one of these modes with a Horizons account would merely disable all modifications applied to modules, as well as remove any Horizons content not related to planetary landings such as tech brokers. All modes would continue to share the same BGS.
Additionally (as one might as well implement it then) Player Groups could choose the option “Legacy” upon creation, which is then automatically indicated as “Name of Group (Legacy)” in the menu.
There would be no need of a Solo Legacy mode, as it is up to the individual player whether they choose to use content made available to them or not.
That brings us to the question: Who are these modes intended for?
- New players, who are not yet able or willing to directly compete with engineered players
- Non-Horizons owners who are not able or willing to directly compete with engineered players
- Horizons owners who seek the balance and challenges prior to the engineers and technology brokers, without the immediate additional risk of directly competing with engineered players
- Any group that wishes to enforce a strict “no engineering policy” for any of the above
What these modes aim to achieve:
a) offer an alternative option for cooperative & competitive gameplay in open, focusing on less min-maxing of ship builds
b) increase the number of players willing to engage in such competitive & cooperative gameplay in general
So what are your thoughts?
Is this something you would use?
Which modes would you likely use the most if this was available?
What would you use the Legacy modes for?