[Feature request] Require physical visits to portals every XX days; discourage long-lived links
Have been discussing gameplay with some international agents and specifically around long-lived links from hard to access portals. Ingress has always encouraged exploration and going to new and off-the-beaten-path places but long-lived links actually dampen this.
So some thoughts have been explored...
Some long-lived captured portals are rarely visited (normally requiring a mammoth effort by the other fraction to flip the portal). Encouraging players to visit these portals more regularly (e.g. I'm sure there are portals that have been continuously recharged for years at this point) can only be a good thing. It also helps confirm that the portal still exists and is reachable.
Something like requiring a physical visit / portal scan every 90-180 days would help reignite game play and players (of either fraction) to revisit portals.
There is very little incentive for players to get out and explore once they have some hard to take-down links in place. They can literally stay at home and recharge the base portals. Doesn't really sit well with the principle above.
Our private discussion suggested making the energy cost of keeping these long-lived links alive exponentially more expensive over time. Want to keep it alive for a month... It's cost you a bunch of energy. Want to keep it alive for a year, you'll need every player in your country to be recharging it regularly.
Both of these would increase the motivation to get out explore, throw new links and keep things interesting for all players around the world.
Thoughts from the community very much welcomed!