I wrote something ages ago, wanted to voice it out again with the hope that one day EVE will improve this system that has a tremendous amount of potential.
PI as it is, is not content, it is just a means of receiving various resources for industry. This “activity” doesnt even require a lot of attention once you’ve set up your colonies. I’ve for so long hoped and dreamed that CCP would improve the gameplay of Planetary Interaction, making it something akin to a “Sim City”. There are countless commodities on the market bought & sold by NPC stations, why not expand this to the planets where these commodities are more than likely produced!
Imagine needing to transport wheat to your colony because of a food shortage due to a player putting to much focus on industry, and this lack of food causes your colony to drastically reduce in production efficiency. This type of gameplay would make PI tremendously more interactive, as you would need to pay attention to the status of your colonies. Instead of the current system, which entails going into planet mode every few days and clicking a few buttons to restart harvesting jobs.
This is a PVP game you say? Well, lets add it, imagine transporting marines and other assault troops to opposing planets to attack other players colonies, which if successful sends a percentage of that planets commodities back up to space to be hauled. This becomes a game within a game. Visualize receiving a notification that your planet is being assaulted, so you rally the corp to first fight off whoever is waiting for the “invasion” results, and then to send your own reinforcement troops to the ground.
Lets suppose Customs Offices were not just for transporting good from the ground to space, but also for planetary control. In order for a colony to be established on a planet, a player must either own the customs office, or have good standing/permission from the CO’s owners. Which is kind of how it already is, with the exception of being able to currently set colonies anywhere you want.
I could go on, but i think the point is made, that there IS potential for improvement, but not just improvement, a complete redesign that drastically increases the quality of EVE online. Imagine the fans of such City Building type games, that may just find a home in EVE due to the city building ability of Planetary Interaction.
These ideas are just seeds to help imagine what could be possible. I hope one day PI becomes more than what it is.