Luminaar wrote:Just a follow up to the previous.Mchief wrote:when you connect to another network you get a snapshot of it in it's current state with no timer that you can view it as long as you want
The 30 second timer exists as the result of a design choice, specifically, "less buttons / minimal input to launch an attack" and "create a seamless transition to initiate an attack".
Relating specifically to the latter, while the seperate choices of Scout/Attack were an option, it did create a few problems which they thought could be improved upon from a design perspective. When you observe a network and decide to attack, they wanted this to be a smooth and instant transition. A read-only mode was considered however! The "read-only mode" experience would have required both an additional UI which placed extra steps before you'd even started an attack, as well as need an addition Attack command which, as you pointed out, could result in "admin online" or "another hacker" there. The possibility of having players be "able to connect one moment" and "not connect the next" was something that had the potential for frustration and was something they wished to avoid. Removing the middleman was the best way to achieve this.
Something else that was considered alongside this was the potential for a network to be very different than what was observed in read-only mode, due to the admin reorganising the network between what could potentially be an unlimited amount of time. While not a massive problem on the grand scale of things, the idea of "planning a hack", only to find the network had substantially changed would be a negative experience.
Easy fix then , when you select the network on the world mp you can take a snapshot, this snapshot mode allows you to view the network with out a timer while at the same time not locking the network for the owner, for server space you can snapshot max 2 networks. And they last 6 hours , while viewing you will be notified if (A) the owner comes online and (B) your version is out of date, this way you can inspect the setup and will also know if you want to attack or not.