I was playing this over the weekend. I think its more of a toy than a game. There is no purpose, there is no “Why are you here”. I imagine once I research all the tech, then I will be done. There is no real base building either. Generally, I imagine you will just have a hub and a bunch of tables extending out to various machines. More of just a workfloor that is outside. They do not give you the tools to make anything interesting.
I think the research UI is pretty shitty, and I do not like the storage mechanic. Basically I have piles of stuff laying around my base. It also pisses me off that the game doesn’t have an in-game map or even let you build directional signs. Even the beacons are barely useful since you can’t even name them, and they can’t be seen very far either.
From what I have seen, this “game” is just a good starting point for making something cool. Unless the mod community goes nuts with adding things, like minecraft, then this will be a short-lived adventure.
Also, does anyone know what those giant purple base things with power connectors do?