I’ve been watching this game development for some time and am very much looking forward to 1.0 - so first of all, thank you for creating this.
Additionally, I’ve been wondering if there were any plans for late game goals in sandbox mode. Personally, while I enjoy a good story, I particularly love sandbox modes with the feeling you can just build something up from scratch and achieve something in the end. A letdown I have been experiencing in multiple games is that when you finally manage to overcome the problems you face from the start, i.e., when you finally have the “perfect” ship and all the best weapons and equipment - suddenly there is nothing to do with all of it.
Thus, I would really love it if there was something to achieve in sandbox that goes beyond acquiring the best equipment possible. That could be something completely optional, but grand, like building and running your own space station or colony. Naturally, these would be needing resources, but could, if the right facilities are installed, even make money of their own (bars, casinos, docking fees…). Maybe you could even give out your own resource-aquiring contracts to merchants. And of course, maybe some pirates might attack or try to extort you…
I do realize this might be a little much to ask for something that is not expressly needed. However, I think it would greatly enhance the sandbox mode. Maybe this could be implemented as a DLC later? I for one would definitely get that one.
Thanks for reading and again thank you for this project.