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Questions about planetary exploration

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 By CaptainI0 In Founders Starbase

So...I find myself a bit confused/curious about the vision for the planet side of things, in conjunction with your desire not to have the resource management/strategy elements of SC2.

Could you expand a bit on what you mean by "A fun, planetary exploration experience"? What is our motivation for exploring planets?  What are we looking for, or collecting? What makes me want to explore (or not) a Gas Giant vs a high density metallic planet? What do we do, on the planet itself? The "treasure hunting" feel of exploring the galaxy was a huge aspect of Star Control that I hope is not being shorted here.