Will this be a pure sandbox-experience?
Well, as title says.
I read the state-of-the-game sticky and while there's stuff like a mission framework, factions, mining and stuff, it nowhere suggest some kind of, for lack of a better word, story.
Some kind of "overarching campaign", so to speak.
Don't get me wrong, building up a ship, maybe having to work hard to be able to afford it and aiming to build the best chip you can definitely is intriguing.
But somehow, sandboxing is a lot more tempting to me if i know there's some kind of a story to go back on.
I am not talking an epic "cinematic" storyline with twists. A good example of what i mean would be Space Rangers 2...you were in a pretty open 2-D galaxy with some factions, could take on missions, just pirate away, buy new and better ships/equip them, and basically ignore the evil AI's trying to take over the galaxy as the factions would maintain a certain balance. Meaning if you saved one planet from the AI overlords, they would launch an attack somewhere else. On the other hand, if you ignored them taking a planet, the factions would launch a counterattack.
Taking part in the defense/counterattack that ensued was purely optional. But it still gave the game some overarching "plot" in trying to defeat the 3 AI's, each differently, without a great narrative or cutscenes, and a feeling of actually influencing what happens in the galaxy(e.g. by successfully liberating or defending a planet).
Will there be anything of that sort in this game, or will it be a pure sandbox?