Teleporters can only do so much but are great for speedy long distance travel. I need the ship to give me freedom to go land anywhere I like and store stuff I collect on a planet. We can only get to the Anomaly by space ship at present, things like that. I think ships look better than storage boxes too
They avoid ‘loading screens’. I can have my ship nearby to hop into for safety while storms pass. I don’t have to teleport back and forth to put things in storage and can decide if I want a hauler for a lot of immediate storage with me or not.
I can also enjoy chasing and being chased by pirates. I can chase other players too lol A space game without starships might be a bit odd. Star Wars would be very different and likely a very long movie…
Once you have found a system or perhaps spent time finding a star gate portal on a planet to tap in an address and travel across the universe, then it’s fair I think to have a teleport means that provides a list to repeat quickly travel from one place to another that you’ve visited before.
HG could have added maybe a character wrist device or something but it’s fun to run through a larger device you can build. I like the effort and think the game balance of effort and enjoyment is okay, for me at least.
If the game were simply travel here and there by the touch of a button it might be a bit boring and not satisfyingly rewarding. Perhaps teleport travel ought to have an element of fear ‘Here we go, travel time, breathe in! Hope we get there safely’… Maybe if we use them too frequently perhaps we could receive slight damage, temporary reduced vision or exosuit effectiveness.
I think of the teleport as an alternative way to travel and navigate around the universe and see wonders, which would otherwise make travelling by any other means a bit of a chore and we all know really it’s a glorified loading screen (but we won’t mention that! It’s really a REAL teleport device hee hee)
And of course we can show off our spaceships to one another.