[Suggestion] Remove Earth creatures, replace with alien creatures
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Icarus feels like we are exploring Earth right now. There is nothing alien about the creatures and it just feels ridiculous that we see racoons, bears and deer. Our running joke is that we could have just flown to Canada and it was silly to use drop ships to get there.
In Progress AI Suggested by: Scottie Henry • Upvoted: 14 Apr • Comments: 22
I know the story is that we're terraforming a planet, but it was so Earth-like that it was a bit dull. I'm not entirely sure why someone would terraform a planet with man-eating earth creatures either. Maybe have some things a bit 'out of this world' or even odd variants of our natural flora and fauna based on adaptations?
Mr Mr Merged
These are coming in the DLCs
I hope they aren't going to do this in DLCs. It should be upon release. The game will not succeed if there isn't much more variety of NPC / MOBS or dangers.
yeah this is just the most earth like biome and i hope to see the more alien like or even mutated biomes and creatures even during the beta but im also afraid of stuff like that beeing paywalled behind the dlcs... such a bad idea to already strip parts of the game off to dlcs for more profit, the base game MUST have those features and those 2 dlcs should be free updates and not paywalled and even expensive dlcs. the deluxe edition price is rediculous and such greed behaviour in general doesnt do any good to companies reputation... while the unexpected relatively cheap price for the standard edition really did work good for the companies reputation and probably for preorders, i really like when i see such prices nowadays and i suddenly give cudos to the publisher but then i see the rest of the behaviour and almost didnt want to buy anymore to not support such behaviour. greed everywhere nowadays. back in the day these dlcs would have been free updates...
I don't know anything about the lore, but I have the impression we are on a planet far from earth. It is really weird that the only wildlife is exactly the same as earth wildlife, and has no apparent mutation.
The whole oxygen thing really threw me at first because there is nothing about the environment that feels alien.
Not suggesting No Mans Sky levels of weird, but animals being non earthlike would be much more interesting and intuitive.
To me, the use of Earth Northern Hemisphere animals versus the extra-terrestrial animals hinted at during the initial intro videos is a major “bait and switch”. I get the terraforming backstory but the terraforming is being applied to an existing planet. The current set of animals really detracts from the idea you’re on another planet. We basically have Earth without oxygen. A big disappointment ...
Stevie B Merged
Deer, wolves, and bears are cool and all… but I would expect on a planet with strange metals and weird energies at some point to encounter mutations of the aforementioned creatures. Maybe the weird energy fused a deer and a wolf to make a wolf headed deer… Maybe even brand new creatures that lived prior to human settlement!
This might already be the plan (dunno the lore in the game yet), but if it’s not, throwing in some late game monstrosities can be a sudden and shocking change from the run of the mill bear.
Elissa Snowball Admin
"Add Alien creatures" (suggested by Stevie B on 2021-09-23), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
Not to get too science-y, but it's an observation of wildlife on Earth that their size largely depends on the available oxygen. More oxygen in the atmosphere allows for animals to grow larger and still maintain the supply of oxygen to their muscles. Prehistoric animals were known to be quite larger because of this. Obviously, that isn't the case here, but it'd be very interesting to see how even genetically modified fauna adapt, even if it's just a video game.
Elissa - Producer Admin
"[Suggestion] Wildlife seems too earthlike" (suggested by Alex on 2021-09-13), including upvotes (8) and comments (1), was merged into this suggestion.
Cory James Merged
Being on the alien hordes.
Elissa - Producer Admin
"[Suggestion] Add Other Monsters" (suggested by EB on 2021-08-28), including upvotes (7) and comments (5), was merged into this suggestion.
I posted to this and other threads similar without looking up and reading and watching the games lore. I take back all things oxygen and alien related comments.
There are reason why we can't breathe the air for lengthy times and why the animals can. And why we don't see alien lifeforms. For now anyway. Hints of Outside the "borders" or "areas" terra-formed. Terra-forming interrupted by the exotics. I advise everyone to make sure they are up on the lore before posting all the why's and why nots.
Steam says "Explore a savage alien wilderness" but it feels more like a earth hunting game. Including non earth creature, mutated earth creatures and/or non earth bioms would make the game feel a lot more like you are on an alien planet. Alien flora/ mutated earth flora would help as well.
Elissa - Producer Admin
"add alien (or mutated earth) creatures and non earth bioms" (suggested by Soyo on 2021-10-16), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
"Steam says "Explore a savage alien wilderness" but it feels more like a earth hunting game. Including non earth creature, mutated earth creatures and/or non earth bioms would make the game feel a lot more like you are on an alien planet. Alien flora/ mutated earth flora would help as well."
Watch the video's, or read any lore in any of their pages or beta information?
Alien planets are partially terraformed due to alien exotics' interrupting the process and even the wildlife introduced couldn't even fully mutate. Stronger angrier versions of what was thrown on the planet now exist and adapted far enough to breath what we cannot. We humans do not instantly die when the o2 runs out. The air is partially terr-formed like the land. There is mention that this is the way it is within the terraformed area's but it is not that way outside those borders. Those stories and new things will be revealed in later expansions and drop I hopefully.
I would like to see more stuff though. Maybe some stories tied to competitors who also tried to get away with illegal terraforming mishaps and maybe they wanted to introduce animals to kill off competitors.
Best of all at some point we will need to see those aliens on those out of border area's. To build a game on the idea of something you're never going to see is a future fail at some point. Running like missions, in a few biome types with no aliens, and never keeping your progress and always starting with lvl zero will get old. Even minecraft doesn't make you start a new build and learn the entire crafting tree each time you play it. I do not know the exact way the dev's have planned out this games play for the future, other than timed looped prospects. But I'm hopeful.
If the creatures looked a little less "normal" it would feel like it made more sense to be walking around in the spacesuit. With them looking earth normal it feels like you should be able to just take the helmet off.
I know that the animals are supposed to be the same as those from Earth, but this is an alien planet. The animals should have mutations or alterations to their Earth counterparts. Also how can the animals breathe the air, but the humans can't if they are identical animals to Earth? Makes no sense
Elissa - Producer Admin
"[Suggestion] Make animals more alien" (suggested by Gerhart on 2021-11-05), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
Don't do this please. Only do so for future DLCs like planned :)
Have both. OR just have slightly mutated deer and so on. Give them a slight decaying affect