Coloration, Age, and Size Variation
“Is it just me, or do all the species on this planet look
like they’ve been cloned?”
“No captain, it’s not just you.”
I’m taking about creatures here.
Real life animals develop and grow, so why shouldn’t the in-game creatures? Of course, what I’m calling for here is a long term goal…
Not all animals on Earth have uniform coloration, or size. There are slight variations, even in organisms seemingly indistinguishable as a colony of ants. One would expect this to be the same on other worlds. Also, animals grow and develop at different rates. One creature’s offspring might reach full maturity faster compared to another i.e. peeper juveniles might take days to grow fully while reaper pups might take months. See where I’m going with this?
Color and pattern don’t have to be drastically changed, but slight variations would be nice. Heck, eventually different species of the same genus could be implemented i.e. Shoal Peeper, Creep Peeper, Yellow-finned Peeper, etc. This would help to fill in the seeming void of diversity among the game’s current fauna.
Perhaps the larger a fish, the more nutrition it provides. Maybe certain fish have nutrition benefits like removing poison, or reducing oxygen consumption... maybe some are poisonous to eat! Different adaptions means some might have camouflage, or they might mimic other species.
Well, tell me what you guys think!