I have had an idea for awhile which I finally feel is the right time to share. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a ton of fun building out my lands and treating this part of the game as a pretty fun little farming sim. Looking forward, I ask myself, “how could this aspect of the game be even more fun?”
If you look at the current tech trees and material requirements for installations, everything operates from the base layer. Level 9 installations require the same raw materials as their Level 1 counterparts.
However, if you look at more advanced farming sims, players are required to take those raw materials and refine them into more advanced units in order to build the next generation of technology.
I have been thinking how cool it would be to have something similar within the Gotchiverse.
As an example:
The yet-to-be-revealed-but-surely-guaranteed-to-exist gun turrets might have a recipe which looks as follows:
L1 - L3: standard alchemica
L4 - L6: alchemica + “FOMO wires”
L7 - L9: alchemica, “FOMO wires,” and “laser scope”
The FOMO wire can only be minted in a refinery and is 3 FOMO for 1 wire.
The laser scope can only be minted in a science facility and is something like XXX KEK, XXX FOMO, and XXX other level 2 materials.
Refineries and other advanced installations can have raw materials loaded into them and would output the wires or whatever else is defined by the player. Higher levels of refineries = higher output (and possibly access to higher tier items).
This idea brings forward several benefits:
More in-depth gameplay. Players who want to build auxiliary installations will be required to source more advanced materials.
Alchemica sinks. Refineries and other installations required to build out advanced tech will require alchemica to be built.
Secondary market. Some players who have an unlucky roll with alchemica might choose to build out a parcel filled with refineries. They can then crank out FOMO wires and resell them for a slight markup from the base mats.
Attract the farming sim gamers. With a compelling tech tree and advanced materials, players who enjoy the farming sim and RTS categories would love playing in the Gotchiverse even more.
I believe this idea is the way forward!
What do you think?