Abandoned space-stations and planetary bases
The idea is to make the game more like an exploration game then just a sandbox.
1) old rundown and rusty space-stations and bases, this will make the world seem more lived in and gives some mystery.
2) backstory, what i mean by back story is it will give some kind of reason that we find factions running around but there is nothing more then some new ships and bases.
3) half or fully buried structures, this would make it seem like a long time has passed and something bad happened to kill the engineers or make them flee.
4) half built ships with blueprints in command/overlook office, this could make it seem that they were in the middle of working when something happened.
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