Survial Update and Uranium, We need to talk about it.
(Attempt #2 of writing this ticket.)
With the Beta testing of the new survival update has revealed one of the most dumbest decisions since Missile Impulse. We're going to talk about the ore that has become the red headed step child or ugly ducking for Keen in the newest update. We're going to talk about the elephant in the closet, and that is Uranium. With the new survival update has brought the completely ridiculous move to remove Uranium from Planets. And I am here to explain to you why this move is counter productive and foolish, along with what Keen should do instead. If you use Space Engineers official Discord, you can save yourself some time because I've already talked about it there.
So for whatever reason Keen decided to remove uranium from planets, I don't know what triggered this move, perhaps the guys at Keen have been watching too many Uranium-less challenge playthroughts on YouTube and thinks the Majority of the player base hates Nuclear Energy OR maybe Keen is Anti-Nuclear Energy. (I'm not being serious about that second part before you say something) Now then let's begin, there will be five points and lastly followed up by what Keen should do instead.
1. Keen should not be forcing players to use their new power sources
It should sound simple enough, but Keen shouldn't be forcing players to use Solar, Wind, or Hydrogen Engines if the players don't want too. Keen should give people reasons to WANT to use the new power sources, removing uranium is just taking away a more efficient power source and trying to force players to use less efficient power sources. I shouldn't be forced to have to use Solar panels, Wind Turbines or Hydrogen Engines if I don't want to, I already have 72 Solar Panels powering my base so Keen should not be trying to force me to use Solar and Wind. I had already planned on using the Wind Turbines, but I would rather not be forced to use them. A Game company should not be trying to force people to play a certain way, when their Game is a Sandbox game. However I use Nuclear Reactors to power my ships and vehicles, because Solar Power is not practical for ships and especially not for combat built vehicles such as jets or tanks. (Nobody is gonna want to strap Solar Panels to a tank) And I don't think anyone realistically is going to try to build a practical ship with Wind Energy (Not that people wont, but it's not practical)
2. Nuclear Power is more Efficient than Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen Energy.
The title really says it all and I touched on it a little bit in the first point, but Nuclear Power is far more efficient than Solar, Wind, and Hydrogen. Most vehicles and crafts simply can not run on anything but Nuclear Energy, just because Wind, Hydrogen, and Solar just aren't practical for some builds and will not be able to produce enough energy for ships to function. I have a Mining ship and Welder ship for atmospheric use, that run on small Large Nuclear Reactors, simply because Solar panels and batteries can not provide enough energy for them to function. Sure maybe solar power could if you strapped some batteries onto, and then proceeded to wait several days for them to charge enough for you to even use them. Yeah cause everyone wants to wait several days just to use a Mining ship. Obviously you can't power them with Wind Turbines. From what I've heard Hydrogen isn't that efficient, but I've also heard that might be fixed. Still none of these energy sources provide enough energy for them to function. I have a Large small grid rover and the batteries require 5 days just for them to get a full charge with 2 solar panels, now sure I can still use it, but with little battery life. I'm also one of the few players who plays on a 24 hour survival world, so that means half the day I got sunlight and the rest of the day is night time. It pays off to have back up power as well, since you know Solar panels and wind turbines are large targets, and maybe if they get shot up you'd want to have Nuclear Power as a back up several layers beneath ground. So Nuclear Power is more efficient for all of these uses, and it always will be the most efficient energy source.
3. Removing Uranium from Planets just isn't realistic.
Title should explain it all, but I'll make it brief. Uranium forms naturally on Earth so removing it from Planets is simply just not realistic.
We currently have enough Uranium on Earth to last us for 85 years, but by then we should have already switched over to Nuclear Fusion. Assuming best case scenario, where we master Nuclear Fusion and don't try to still rely on inefficient power sources when we have the best one at our disposal. So removing it from planets is completely unrealistic and while Space Engineers isn't trying to be the most realistic game, that has been one of their goals to make SE as realistic as possible while not sacrificing fun. (Which by the way removing Uranium is sacrificing fun)
4. Removing Uranium from planets, makes them useless.
Several people have argued that Planets have no value, other than being a voxel with ores. Kreeg and I have had this discussion on the Space Engineers Discord, and planets have no value right now and by the looks of things this update will make them even more worthless. Well Keen removing Uranium just makes Planets even more useless. If Keen is trying to make planets have more value, then removing Uranium certainly is not a step in the right direction, its more like turning around and stepping on a rake so said rake hits you in the face. Removing Uranium from planets will essentially derive Planets of the most valuable resources they have and make them worthless. Putting Uranium only in Space will only drive people away from planets to Space, because nobody will want to stay on planets, because why should they? All the valuable ores are up in space along with every other ore. So if you want to make Planets even more useless with nobody using them Keen, then I guess this is certainly a step in the right direction. You'll only drive everyone into space including myself.
5. Destroying people's work.
The best way I can describe this is the following: Imagine you're at the top and you have all these amazing creations and cool builds you've made, most of them probably run on Nuclear Power, because we've already went over, it's the most efficient power source (Unless of course you're running mods) So you've got all these great and cool builds and then the Survival update comes along and Keen pushes you off your tower. BAM all of your builds no longer work in Survival, because you've had them running on Nuclear Reactors and when they run out of Uranium, you're forced to go to space or even worse, you literally have to completely rebuild them to try and accommodate Hydrogen, batteries, or Solar panels. Cause that's fun right? Even if you don't rebuild and you follow route 1, you'll be up in space wondering "Why should I even bother staying on planets at all, when Space has everything I need?" So removing Uranium from planets will destroy thousands of builds that people have and make them no longer function without refits or doing constant runs to space (But like we already said, why not just live in space then?) That's a really good way to piss of your playerbase Keen, and if you've ever read the SE Reddit or Steam Reviews, I don't think I need to say more. You really want to throw fuel onto that fire Keen, so it would be smarter to take the following advice instead.
So what should Keen do instead?
Well it's pretty bloody simple: Don't remove Uranium from planets.
Instead Keen should remove Uranium from Space entirely and keep them on planets (Giving planets some actual value) and make Uranium spawns even more rare on planets, but not too rare that players can't find anything. OR alternatively give players the option to toggle whether or not they want uranium to generate when players start up a new world/solar system/scenario while those who do want it to generate on worlds, still make it where its rare to find. That way you make both parties happy and don't piss off/screw over 75% of your players builds including mine.
So Keen please make the right decision and just remove Uranium from space and keep it on planets. Because Keen...