I have not done Planetary Industry since it was Planetary Interaction. In 2016 i quit eve online for health reason. I was called back in 2020 for the horn of goondor, fought in some fun wars, and am in BRAVE now.
I have been loving eve online like never before. It really satisfies my need for friendly social interaction and excitement, as well as give me some idle activities to clear my head. Across the board I have been enjoying gameplay types that were a grind before, loving them with fresh eyes.
So called Planetary Industry (formerly planetary interaction.) I had been putting it off for a year before i even quit in 2016, so 8 years later I engage it in again.
What a waste of my time.
It is tedium, unfun, and not worth my valuable time.
Tedium: setting up the planets took hours of my close attention. Having to warp back to them and reset the extractors is a huge interruption in my day-to-day.
Unfun: the UI/UX literally hasn’t seem to have changed. Now I understand you claim to have “patched” it, but it is still hot garbage and barely functional. There are obvious bugs, and no common sense to the set up. It is um-intuitive and boring, and a headache to boot.
Waste of time: After spending 3 weeks perfecting my planets and setting calendar events to check them, i fly to one to get my 19m in robotics, after paying 1.3m tax on the launch. WTF!!! I would have made much better money mining. I get it I’m supposed to have 17 alts all working together to produce some amazing T4 PI… I don’t want to do that!!! I dont want this to be my space life.
You can say “you don’t like it so don’t do that gameplay style…” You are correct I won’t waste my time doing this. But I cringe to think you are forcing my friends to put up with this stuff so people can get the critically needed materials for structures, capitals, etc.
Whoever designed that over a decade ago did a poor, lazy job. Sorry no personal offense intended.
Low effort suggestions
You could have more fun shooting a rock with a mining laser to get these mats. Or shoot an entosis-thingie at a gantry.
Or you could be like Eve Echoes and just make gantries to be just dispensers that put out mats every day to be grabbed from the gantries. Just remove the god awful “game play” of setting up the planets themselves.
High effort solution
Have a PC remake of Dust 514 (not console) where folks get the PI for shooting each other on the planets and it just drops into their eve space accounts or accumulates in the gantries.
There is alot of room to make real dollars off cosmetics and games sales for an FPS, and the art assets are already there in your storage disks.
Anyways thanks for listening to my rant. Thank you for making the best MMORPG in history, even despite these complaints. Also thank you for the fun story Arcs, fun events, and all the rest you give back to the community.