Michi01 Posted September 19, 2017 Share Posted September 19, 2017 I haven't seen a lot of speculation for the next update (probably since we don't know a lot yet), but I have some ideas that I want to share and I'm curious what everyone else is expecting. The only thing that we know for certain is that the polymerizer will be added and with it plastic (since that's what polymers are): Polymers are made from hydrocarbons, which means that it could use natural gas, coal and hydrogen or oil. Crude oil has existed in debug mode for a while (since the game's release I think) and oil is what's most commonly used for plastic production, so it's quite possible that it will be added, along with a geyser or other renewable source. In real life, crude oil is refined before being used for polymer production, so I could imagine there being oil refinement if it was added, but maybe it'll be more simplified in the game and just use crude oil. Other than that, crude oil or substances refined from it could also be used for power production. Perhaps the update will also add more refinement in general. Now the next question is, what will plastic even be used for? Plastic has plenty of uses and many already existing things in the game could use it in their crafting recipe, but since it's probably supposed to be a mid or late game thing, it would be a bit hard if many things needed it, so maybe instead existing buildings could be improved or upgraded with it. Some people have also had the idea that tiles made from plastic could be used to prevent germs from spreading through walls, since they can't survive very well on it. That also reminded me of aerogel. Aerogel is a substance that used to be in debug mode after the thermal upgrade (it might still be in the files, also it didn't have its own texture, just a placeholder). It's a pretty amazing material, it's extremely light and an extremely good insulator and polymers are one of the materials that can be used to make them, so perhaps with their addition it will also be added to the game. The addition of a good late game insulation item like it would also allow the devs to nerf abyssalite tiles, as they currently seem to be a bit too easy to obtain and use in the early game (at least in my opinion). Then there's of course also the possibility of new buildings and items in general that require polymers, whatever those may be. Another thing that might require polymers as one of its ingredients when it is added is suits. They've been requested a lot and from what I've heard from people that tested them by spawning them, they work well. The main problem with them just seems to be that they require a lot of micromanagement, but that could for example be solved with a directional building that some people requested that makes dupes equip and unequip the suits when they walk past it, depending on the direction. What also leads me to believe that suits have a good chance of being added is something that the devs said on a stream a while back. I asked how we could prevent our dupes from constantly getting sick while working in the slime biome once slimelung is added, and (among other things) the devs said that suits can be used but that they're not in the update. This doesn't necessarily mean that they will be added in the next update, but it sounded like they wanted to add them in the last update, but couldn't because of how long it took to get germs to work. Another thing that was mentioned on a stream some time ago is that they want to change how stress works. They said it when they showed off the new paintings and, like with suits, said that improved stress mechanics won't make it into the Outbreak Upgrade. I'm assuming this might've also been because of how long it took to get germs to work. Farming seems to have been balanced around a proper food quality requirement system, since mealwood is really easy to grow now while some plants with high food quality are even harder to grow and since properly working food quality will probably be added along with improved stress mechanics, this also makes me think that they would've liked adding them with the Outbreak Upgrade and that they might add them with the next update. That's all my ideas and speculation, how likely do you think it is that those things will be added and what are you expecting or hoping for? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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