The Pelia and Orellius sector blocks have been in the game for a little while now. I assumed that the sector space overhaul was basically going to be making similar changes to the rest of the game. What I wasn’t expecting was all of the other little details. Stars go from points of light to large flaming spheres. Stars streak by your ship while at warp (and speed up at higher warp factors). Astrometrics can be toggled off, which hides the grid and the traffic paths. There are special effects when you enter special areas like the Briar Patch, the Badlands, and the Mutara Nebula. The overall effect is to make the space maps feel much bigger.
It’s still not perfect. There are still popup’s you have to click on when transferring between sector blocks, for instance. But it’s an immense improvement, and I say that as someone who liked the original design (or at least didn’t hate it).
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