So for alien life, i hope it is not only someone on your level that we can find but lets say we find a habitable planet, then it might only have multicelluar or only awake species, but if you come back after lots of years then they might have evolved into a industrial or social species, or something like an extinction even could’ve happened and a species you didnt think was going to get far, ends up becoming the space counqering species
I feel like the timescales will be problematic here. Because the editor starts off representing hundreds of millions of years and gradually changes to be just some thousands of years. By the time you are in space you basically can’t even enter the editor. So waiting for a species to evolve to the space stage, which would take millions of years, wouldn’t really be possible.
I agree, this would only be feasible with the awakening stage (possibly) and above.