+864 votes
in Suggestion by (2.6k points)
Would be nice to be able to have some feature to add items to your compass (similar to the home icon) that allow you to find your way to previously found places.  So you don't lose that portable miner you placed somewhere, that one time.... and can't find now.
by (640 points)
something like the maps out of minecraft or ark could be fine, they show what areas youve explored and hide what you havent, at present I have a tough time finding new areas to explore.
by (230 points)
in the control settings is an option to open a minimap, so I think that a minimap is coming in the future
by (420 points)
I think a map would defeat half the purpose of the game. That's just my opinion
by (340 points)
I think this is done in the experimental branch, this topic should  be closed
by (590 points)
I'd really love to see the map as a handheld gadget, it would be so natural to integrate it with the locator device which has an aesthetic screen display. Just click to bring the map up for a close up view, click again to drop it back down to the neutral position for scanning for items.

13 Answers

+58 votes
by (170 points)
We have beacons in the game
by (490 points)
That just gives you a direction (and not even distance). It is better than nothing, but only slightly. Beacons don't give you the same overview a map would.
by (10.9k points)
@ elveejay

We DO have a map, but it's disabled because it's being reworked. really old saves still have a working map.
by (690 points)
I only found out there would be a map looking through the keybinds for the game. I however loved that there wasn't a map to look at for me, made exploring the map SO much more fun for me, I didn't know how far I could venture towards each direction, and once me and a few friends went on an adventure, we kept getting blown away by the size of it. Then we found out the actual size and I honestly thought it was bigger than it was.

But that's not to say I wouldn't mind it if it grew a little more!
Hopefully there will be modding that can allow us custom made maps in the future
by (400 points)
what? the map is working fine! have you researched the quartz technology?
by (10.9k points)
FluffyBunny: look at the time of posting. The quartz update was released a while after posting. Even the experimental version was delayed.
+11 votes
by (340 points)
There's a beacon available to unlock once you have your Hub fully developped. Before that... don't wander off too far and navigate by landmarks.
by (340 points)
who goes to an alien planet without a map?

In my first game, I died 20 times. My radar vas full of death icons, but I couldn't tell which one I needed to go to that had all my stuff.
by (120 points)
I'm pretty sure there is or will be a map in game as there is a key bind to "map". If I remember right it is "Z" which does not do anything when you hit it. But you may have to research something.
by (940 points)
@Calinionesco 20 times? Really? I'm 15 hours in, all stuff unlocked and everything (mostly just exploring at this point to see if I can find any more researchables), and I've yet to die even once. And I didn't unlock the... other weapon (not spoiling what it is).... until the very end. How'd you die?
by (660 points)
Beacons are nice, but I wish there was a tab where you can disable certain ones from showing up on your hud, after marking a lot of stuff that isn't even available in the current early access version of the game (namely ores and drop pods requiring unobtainable resources), the names of the beacons and their icons merge together, creating this very hard to read blob of text.

But having a map like Ark does, were as you wonder about it fills itself in and it is displayed as an item you hold in your hand would be a good middle ground between a minimap and keeping the immersion of the game.
+5 votes
by (240 points)
The beacon works fine, but kind of a minimap hub upgrade would be nice :)
by (460 points)
edited by
Beacons would be more useful if the text you set actually showed up on the Hud compass. Once you've dropped a few down can be difficult to work out which one you want to go to.
Colours would also help, but that's in the description, so hopefully is coming at some point.
Edit (typo)
by (630 points)
I like this!!

Fine, Those that want it get a map, but it is a map table/wall inside the hub... Gives you more reason to visit the hub, maybe limited waypoints offered (1-2 that show on compass / HUD)
by (190 points)
I really like the idea of an hub upgrade.
its kind of sad, that its getting useless after a while.

Maybe in the way that you have to send a satellite into the orbit which give you the opportunity do work on the computer next to the Scanner Unit.
there you could hide/unhide beacons on your GUI, see distances,  have a map and you could better organize you fleet of tractor/trucks etc.
+3 votes
by (1.3k points)
I heard somewhere (didn't see it confirmed!) that the map is an unlocable tech
by (200 points)
How do you draw a map to an alien planet in the first place, anyway?

ofc it should be a researchable - I absolutely full heartedly agree!
by (790 points)
Satellites! :D
by (5.1k points)
Like in Empyrion, the map would only show discovered items. It would be helpful for Beacon descriptions & deposits found.
+2 votes
by (830 points)
There is a map option in the controls screen, but the button does not work and rebinding it does not make it work.
+1 vote
by (3.5k points)
the game really needs a minimap with cordinates so we can share nice spots to start to build and plan and helps a lot to keep track where to get X or Y resource, beacons are ok but power poles are better as waypoints
by (950 points)
Or pinging like Apex Legends ? :D
by (630 points)
Pinging is in the game already... I found it by accident... Ctrl + Left click will ping what you are looking at anywhere you can see (with a huge distance limit... if there is one at all)
+1 vote
by (790 points)
It's supposed to be unlocked later in the game, I saw that in screenshots of alpha testers. (Not in the test weekend)
by (660 points)
I would like to see a "fog of war" type map.

The thing is, these are not procedural maps ... there's going to be maps all over the internet anyway.  

It would be nice to see where the hell you are in game so you don't wast your time running around THIS way when you have just gone THAT way.
0 votes
by (140 points)
It would be nice to have a map as in factorio at least to find the world

by (460 points)
It does, we just don't have it yet (default key is Z, which doesn't do anything currently).
0 votes
by (790 points)
beacons obviously help here. also there is a map upgrade in experimental right now
0 votes
by (400 points)
There is a map if you investigate the quartz technology (default key is Z). not a mini map but a full map that shows where you've visited.

Beacons act as way points on the map and compass
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