Here is where we talk about methods of reproduction, even if they don’t exist in real life (Only if they are possible), and how they would effect the game.
How would we handle things like pollen/ovules or eggs/pupae?
Will we be able to play as them?
If not how will we delineate whether to play certain stages?
I’d say there has to be an option to program a single stage as a egg stage, where stats don’t change and you don’t play it. You could designate sessile or cocoon stage as a dormant stage, where you have the option to timeskip it. Something like that idk. Devs if you aren’t busy is that reasonable or do you have a better solution in mind?
different forms of reproduction may be possible with the introduction of life cycles, introduced as early as the multicellular stage, and fluid production, which could become available in the macroscopic stage. for example, in the multicellular stage, you could have a section of your life cycle dedicated to playing as a small, speedy, sperm-like cell, which would seek out another like it in an attempt to reproduce sexually (probably through the use of some kind of new part). while in the macroscopic stage, you could produce a slew of these cells and gain the ability to… dance. i feel like there’s a lot of opportunities being missed out on with reproductive methods being achieved by a simple dropdown menu, that should definitely be considered more in depth
Is it possible to create a very complex life cycle in something like block programming? Well, that is, for example, there is a simple cycle with an egg, a cub and an adult, it is clear that all this is configured separately, but will it be possible, for example, to make a life cycle with five different sexual stages, the same number of asexual ones, and also whether each of them has its own stages of calf and adult, and did they go in a strictly defined order? Or what about the large carnivorous theropods, in which the young occupied one niche, the juveniles another, and the adults a third?
And also, there are questions about mitosis and meiosis, homoploid and polyploid organisms, for example, will they appear without a nucleus, or will it be an exclusively eukaryotic feature? Just the appearance of mitosis, and after meiosis, greatly affects the appearance of sexual reproduction, which means that the topic can be relevant
In this regard, there is such a proposal:
When we install the nucleus, it is fully formed over several generations, after which (in the case of accumulation of phosphates and ammonia), near the usual button for evolution, a variant with meiotic division appears, after which four cells are formed, one of which is controlled by the player. The properties of the two types of these cells can be configured in the semblance of the current cell editor of the multicellular stage, and although in the case of meiotic division there is a higher risk of cell death and population decline, if the player manages to get to a cell of the opposite sex, instead of the usual 100 mutation points, he immediately receives 500. In the case of a multicellular stage, everything is a little different - the player still presses the button near the usual evolution (if he has not yet switched to sexual reproduction completely, then he simply presses it), after which a certain number of germ cells are selected, which are edited in the same way as all the rest, but the cost grows more and more with each change, so that at one moment conservative germ cells are obtained. After the cells have been selected, several new scales appear in front of the player - the remaining time to live, the distance to the nearest target, or something similar. In any case, when one of the cells dies, the player switches to another until everyone dies, after which the population drops. If the cells unite, he receives not 100 MP, but 500 or even 1000, since during sexual reproduction, mutations occur more intensively. Also, it seems to me that different MPs should be responsible for the appearance of new cells and their change, or the price of new cells should be slightly changed. In any case, over time, the stage in which we play as male germ cells ceases to appear (for example, during internal fertilization, or in the case when the body becomes too large and, for example, reproduces like fish, that is, participate in the flow already boring and pointless), now the player is faced with the task of achieving an effective reproduction strategy, which radically changes the situation, since earlier this process was under his control, and now the player can only adjust the strategy and arrange the release of germ cells near an individual of the opposite sex. Plus, now it becomes possible to play as a female (before that, the gameplay would not have been different, but there would have been no stage of searching for a cell of the opposite sex), gender selection is provided either before the birth of an individual, or in the process of life (for example, add sex change mechanics, like some amphibians). There is a possibility of sexual dimorphism and some kind of mating games (at this time the player no longer places individual cells, now he works with tissues and adjusts their components, well, sex cells). Over time, we can also tweak the body’s reaction to mating, such as releasing hormones like dopamine, which will cause non-player-controlled individuals of their species to tend to reproduce. Later, sexual dimorphism may lead to the development of colonial animals like ants or bees, and thus, in principle, one could go to an additional stage, somewhat reminiscent of the Spore Tribe stage, but with a much larger number of organisms. In addition, reproduction is one of the most important engines of evolution, take the same situation with the appearance of flight and tail feathers. And this smoothly brings us to the creation of covers, which, for example, can be divided into zones (somewhere bright scales, hair or feathers, and somewhere bare skin, well, or gray cover), and also give each of them a function. In any case, this is far from all that I could say, but I think for now this concept of reproduction will be enough
Well, I think it would be logical if, along with the complication of the body structure plan, the prices of mutations also grew.
Sorry for any mistakes, if any.