Should it be radio rather than radar?


In Phoenix Point at the moment we’re building radar stations which then given an instant and uniform detection of areas to explore.

I don’t know if I’m misunderstanding how modern radar works, but I’ve always associated it with the detection of aerial or naval units, not static ground locations. - To that end I’d expect a radar station to pick up a large floating alien (were they called behemoths?), I’d even expect them to detect the location of alien mist, but I wouldn’t expect radar to pick up a haven, and I definitely wouldn’t expect it locate abandoned scavenger sites (unless those barrels are responding to echo location because… lore somehow). I also wouldn’t expect radar to give a uniform range, if you built a radar station (at low elevation) in Chile I would have thought that it should be more effective in the direction of the Pacific Ocean compared to its ability to detect anything on the other side of the Andies.

I realise that a game simplifies things, and that variable or even LoS radar detection would probably be a nightmare to program, and I know that over the horizon radar exists to counter LoS detection that would limited by the curvature of the Earth. But even so I would feel that the construction of Radar towers would make a lot more sense if the aim is to discover land based locations and additionally they could lead to some interesting gameplay mechanics.

  • Havens could appear at different time points; even in an area where you’ve got coverage it’s not to say that a haven is populated and therefore able to respond at a given time point, they might appear or disappear at different stages of the game depending upon what is happening to them.

  • Havens could also choose to not respond to the player based on the player’s relationship with their faction.

  • Discovering the location of scavenger sites could depend upon picking up info/clues to describe that location and/or travelling close to it. (Clues could be gained from havens, from newly recruited soldiers, from interrogations, from single event radio contact made by civilians/soldiers that require aid)

  • Radar stations could then be left to detect mist and those big floating alien thingamajigs.