I think survey ships and scouts should be able to view the planet's tiles. Would make early game that much more enjoyable. No excuse why an advance civilization capable of hyperdrive must colonize a planet to view its attributes.
I'm not against this idea, but if implemented I think it should be as a part of a strategy. Like this ability costing an early technology, or an extra space ship part, or both. This way you have to decide if it is worth it for you, or perhaps you rather like an extra sensor or engine or a cheaper scout vessel.
Since we can already scan our own planet today, I see no reason why any ship with even the minimum default scanners shouldn't be able to already support this idea.
Interesting. I just checked on GC2 and if you have reached an espionage level of "high" on the race owning the planet, you can see the planet's tiles and what has been built. I would think that with how we can scan the surface of our world from satellites today that it just seems wrong to not be able to.
Gameplay reasons? I guess you might choose to not attack a planet if certain buildings had been built, or maybe decide you needed a bigger fleet to conquer the planet.
Implementation cost? Less than having to be selective about which planets you are allowed to view.
From the OP's mention of "early game", I think he meant more scanning prior to colonizing, not scanning before invasion.
Yep. I misunderstood that part. However, I think the reasoning holds for any/all reasons anyone would want to see a planet's tiles. I also think the code simplification is a strong reason to request that SD does this.
In GC2, when placing a spy, you can see everything that has been built on a planet and choose which structure to disable.
Agreed, however you would need a ship beside a planet in order to scan it or a spy. Other then that being able to look at others planets just be clicking view when there is no spy or ship in sight, that is a no no.
So you are saying that we shouldn't be able to record an image of the view and retain that image?
nope cameras and all forms or digital or mechanical recording were destroyed in the great NSA rebellion of 2058
the NSA managed to get a law passed making facebook twitter and all forms of social media to be considered as subsidiaries
this being the last straw caused the citizens of the U.S. to rise up and overthrow their government they created a new government that made all forms of recording illegal
over time most other countrys passed similar laws due to the growing paranoia of its citizens
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