Lately what I have been thinking more about was how should I allow players to play on their own. One of the things I’m considering is to have npc corporations that would directly compete against you in interesting ways, especially in the map-node system.
This may require you to take direct action if you want their nodes. Though one thing is for certain, how you take nodes will matter.
The map will have several land masses however for the beta you will only have access to one.