Reject the Tech Tree idea or change it
First off: This Idea report will ignore most of the advices for a good idea report such as only handling one thing per idea, since the topic is a bit larger than your average report.
Please read the entire Topic, I will not rant about how I dislike this idea but rather about how, if it gets implemented, this could be done in the best way possible.
On the SE feedback site, there was this idea marked as "started" https://feedback.keenswh.com/idea/tech-tree-plz-59bb458b0396c
I generally consider this a bad idea because it locks gameplay behind a wall which I do not appreciate, nor does this limit make any sense to me in the current state of SE.
Note: I currently have 1.132 hours in SE and am one of the Admins of Sol Trading Co, a large modded server with many active players.
First of all: If the development team does indeed still view this as a good idea: Please make it toggle-able. Many people such as myself do not like it at all.Now to making this feature as good as possible if you do choose to implement it and do the above, which I consider mandatory.
Make this tech tree something that can bee freely edited even with modded blocks, which is, in my mind the only way to even let this make sense.
2. More Blocks!
Currently, Space Engineers does not have that many blocks if you look at it as a Sandbox game. There would be the possibility of making Tiered blocks or blocks with customizable values, especially for armor, turrets, thrusters and gyroscopes, and of course, but not only the following that the SE community really wants:
-More armor shapes
-Airtight conveyor tubes and tube corners
-small grid glass/doors
These would add to the game a lot. I know that the general opinion of Keen is that SE has too many blocks already, which is the exact opposite of what the community thinks(See https://support.keenswh.com/spaceengineers/general/topic/glass-for-small-ships)
, but I really want you to at least consider these again. This is SANDBOX, SE does not have too many blocks or options, it has too little. Ask any experienced player or modder if they would like more blocks, the majority will say YES.
3. More ores and ingots/more complex ores and ingots
It is really easy to get all of the current ores and to refine them. Add more different ores and ingots and add special ways to refine them with special blocks, either a fully different refinery or an upgrade module for this purpose. Make complex ingots that require assembly with the help of multiple less complex ingots
Since Keen now does playtests a lot, I would ask for a an active playtesting of this feature to see if anyone actually likes what Keen thinks of as a good tech tree, since it would be a major part of gameplay.