if Loot is working that means the persistence database is up and runningLoot: we're not just looking at gold plated items that do what regular game items do ...
Believe you guys are talking past each other. @maynard is talking about persistence as in items persisting beyond player local influence. IE I drop a gun on the ground of a moon and it stays there for you to loot hours later. It also means I only have access to the guns I can carry in my ship or on my person and not the magic bag of holding that currently lets me equip any gun I own.I dunno if loot means persistance. Last I heard was all accounts would be wiped except for purchased and award items at beta kickoff. I think it depends upon the kind of loot they install and they haven't said yet.
I'm looking forward to those settlements, but I've to agree we shouldn't expect player-ownable building for quite some time. More likely there will be a revamp of the older POI changing them from the pre-fabbbricated pod to a more articulated contructions, may be not on all the location, but for placed like farms, minig facility and reserach aoutpost that would be interesting.First! Now to find a healer.
I know a lot of people are taking the Outpost Homestead to mean player-created/owned buildings but I think it's not going to be that. I feel from what we have seen so far that they mean Homesteads to be NPC POI in expanding the buildings available at landing sites and creating more elaborate small settlements and such. While I am sure player built/owned homestead will come from this in time I do not believe this will be that.