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Planet Explorers => Planet Explorers Suggestions => Topic started by: Tryst on August 03, 2018, 10:36:12 AM

Title: add a form of propulsion to the glider.
Post by: Tryst on August 03, 2018, 10:36:12 AM
I'd like to see a mk2 glider with a propulsion added to it. Nothing fantastic, just a quick few seconds burst, half the time you get from the Jetpack and uses the battery life to run. Enough to push you back up in the air for a bit longer gliding.

One of the issues I have with the glider is that it doesn't activate fast enough so, trying to get airborne without the jetpack to give you a boost of height requires a cliff almost high enough to hit the ceiling height of the game. Even a hill allows you to hit the ground again from a sprinting jump before the glider will activate.
Title: Re: add a form of propulsion to the glider.
Post by: Omidawn on August 06, 2018, 12:33:27 AM
I agree to an extent.  I think the only thing that is really needed is for the glider to open as soon as you start freefall, without any delay at all.  If you jump with a glider, you will glide from that height.  If you hit a "wall" while gliding, you continue gliding without losing any altitude, instead of dropping like a stone before the glider opens again.  The only real problem I have is that the glider collapses when the chunks stall you while they load, so you lose all of your momentum and a good portion of your altitude.  Very frustrating.

If the glider opens immediately, then the problem is more or less resolved and I don't mind it being unpowered flight.  It just peeves me to drop like a rock for no good reason.

An alternative solution would be for the jet pack to recharge automatically even if it is not being worn.  That way you could quickly switch to the jet pack, gain altitude, then switch back to glider to continue your glide, as often as needed until your battery wears out.  Then you could probably switch batteries in flight and let the jet pack charge up again... assuming your glider doesn't collapse when you open inventory and make you fall to your death.
Title: Re: add a form of propulsion to the glider.
Post by: Tryst on August 09, 2018, 07:40:37 PM
You can keep your inventory open in the corner of the screen. It's a pain that it takes up so much screen space I know, but it is a means to an end. I have tried to use the jetpack to gain some altitude for another glide. It does work but to a very limited degree because the free fall while you swap, plus the delay before the glider opens means you lose better part of 3/4 of the height you gained from the jetpack.
Title: Re: add a form of propulsion to the glider.
Post by: Omidawn on August 09, 2018, 09:18:20 PM
I keep both the glider and jet pack on a hot key, so I can swap them quickly.  Usually I'll climb to the top of a mountain, take a sprinting leap, jet pack as high as I can get going forward, then quickly swap to the glider.  It would work great if the chunks loaded quickly enough to not interfere with the glide, but I usually end up losing most of my altitude dropping down whenever the chunks load.  When you freeze in the air, the AI closes the glider, then you drop about 20 feet before it opens again, losing both height and momentum (which makes the glide drop even more).

Anyway, what I'm saying is that the jet pack is only good for one boost.  When you swap it, the pack has no charge left and doesn't recharge unless it is slotted.  If it had its own charger, you could continue to swap them to regain altitude with the jet pack, and just keep going until the battery charger ran out.  It would let you glide a decent distance over rough terrain, even starting from the ground.