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Skotnica

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I'm well aware of the fact that there is both a free-direction PvP space feature as well as a rail PvE space feature.

My suggestion would slightly expand the games universe by enabling players to roam about orbits of certain players within their ships (be it the current ones or customizable ones added within the feature). It's an idea worthy of at least consideration.

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I honestly believe that is the direction that Bioware are moving (I hope). Galactic Starfighter, to me, seems like the precursor to free-roam, space travel. The new galaxy in a possible expansion would be the "space hub" if you will, replete with Galactic Starfighter World PVP and true space missions and the planets themselves would be the instance gateways to complete the generic "foot " quests.
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  • 2 years later...

Free Flight

 

I know this has been suggested so many times before and Bioware's responses have always been it would be too big to impliment, but here's a few suggestions on how it could work.

 

  • Each planet would have an instanced space area that you could load in to, similar to the space battle areas already in the game
  • You launch your ship from the planet hangar as before
  • The cut scene and loading screens do their stuff
  • Now when you are in space you use your space map as before but it gives you 2 options, 1. pilot ship or 2 open space map

 

Option 1: Pilot Ship... this would load up an instance map (maybe have a cool cut scene with your crew preparing for the upcoming battle) it would load your ship in on the 3rd person view (like in the rail system space missions) and it would allow you to fly around the immediate space in the planet system where you could run into smugglers, bandits other factional ships and you attack or have to flee and engage your hyper drive before your shields fail. You would also have to dodge asteroids, space debris etc. There could be the odd derelict ship floating in space that you can dock with, board and investigate to see if you can salvage anything from it (docking would be a cut scene) Investigating the ship would load an instanced mission (loads of possibilities here)

Now if you fly too close to the edge of the map you would get a warning box appear saying 'Engage Hyper drive?' Yes would take you back to the system map selection screen, No would automatically steer your ship away from the edge of the map, ignoring the box would automatically stop your ship.

 

Now if you want to land your ship again, fly towards the planet and as you get to the atmosphere of the planet there would be a cool cut scene showing you flying towards the spaceport, then the loading screen would do it's stuff and you appear in the spaceport docking bay.

 

Going from free space flight to pvp, simple really... just have a docking station in space, you approach, dock then you get the pvp space screen appear and you go from there...

 

Option 2: Open space map, as per normal hyperspace travel to other systems.

 

With the space flight mechanics already in the game, this could be achieved by making the space area around planets just another instanced map you load in to (just like you load into the pvp space maps) the doorways and exits would be the planet, pvp docking bay and the edge of the map. Each planet system would need to have it's own instanced space area, but missions and bandits could vary from system to system, some friendly others not depending on what faction is in the area.

Edited by BogiWan
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Now if you want to land your ship again, fly towards the planet and as you get to the atmosphere of the planet there would be a cool cut scene showing you flying towards the spaceport, then the loading screen would do it's stuff and you appear in the spaceport docking bay.

 

Going from free space flight to pvp, simple really... just have a docking station in space, you approach, dock then you get the pvp space screen appear and you go from there...

 

To simplify that:

 

Fly towards the space station. When you are within 5km of the station, they "contact" you via pop-up menu. "What would you like to do? [Land on <Planet name>] [Travel to <GSF Zone> (Denon Exosphere, Kuat Mesas, etc.), [Local Mission] (PvE space missions pop up, from defeating pirates/opposing faction, running blockades, escorts, etc.) and [Exit Menu]

 

They could even have missions that require groups. Like taking down capitol ships.

 

But yeah. It's been asked for a lot. In fact, there was a thread on this just the other day. And as nice as it would be, I wouldn't hold my breath on it.

Edited by PorsaLindahl
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Defiantly doable, other sci-fi mmos did it and very well as an expansion. I still smile when i recall the first time I soloed a Star Destroyer in my Jedi Star fighter. After that i used to lead imperial players into a false sense of security wen we would 1v1 around the Star Destroyer i would let the Star Destroyer nil my armor so players would relax and then id punch up the power use near zero turning radius at full speed and lay into em with low power weapons till they popped. Edited by JaxstonEagle-Eye
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