In the last blog post we shared a few details about a problem we were trying to solve. With the new digging mechanics going into the game, it became obvious that the current implementation of the pallet system was simply not going to work. First off, I want to thank you all for your constructive feedback and for sharing your excellent ideas regarding a solution to this problem. Next, I wanted to mention that the quality of the feedback and overall community participation has been really encouraging and beneficial to our development process! After reviewing a ton of suggestions, discussing the issue with the team, and prototyping a few ideas, we feel like we have landed on a pretty good solution to the problem.
We’ve decided to remove pallets completely. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that we’ve done away with resource management, as you’ll soon see. When the player drills through the ground a ticker will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen informing you of what kinds of materials are being uncovered. As the player accumulates these resources, they will simply go into your inventory. Once the resources are in your inventory, they will be available for use for crafting when you are standing next to the forging terminal.
We’re very aware that a large number of Star Forge players were looking forward to the logistics of having to bring pallets full of resources back to your basecamp to work with, and we agree. Managing resource logistics lead to some really compelling gameplay, so we’ve made certain that there is a plan in place to promote it. Here’s what we’ve got working right now: Your character has the capacity to hold items in a finite stack size while drilling (in the future there will be a way to increase the max stack size). Once your stack reaches the maximum, any additional resources of that type is not collected. In order to free up space in your personal inventory and continue to reap the benefits of mining, you have to place collected resources in a craftable storage container. You have control of your container, which means that you choose where to put it. No more randomly placed pallets getting in the way.
Storage containers will have a maximum total capacity but will not have a maximum stack size. This means that if a storage container had a maximum capacity of 5000, you will be able to fill it up with 5000 dirt even if you were only able to carry 200 dirt at a time. The intention here is to provide you with a place to store your resources while you are out at a dig location and then provide an opportunity for you to coordinate how you plan on getting that storage container back to your base with a similar logistical problem that existed with the old pallets but now without the problem of clogging up your tunnels!
With this issue cleared up, the team is well on its way to getting all of this (and more) released to you very soon. We hope you have an amazing time with this content and we are very excited to hear what you have to say about it!