After this past weekend, I even more strongly believe that multiple characters need to be supported in the core game.
So I own 2 copies of the game, and typically run each copy on the two gaming PCs in my house, swapping between characters using a remote gaming app (Parsec). The reason for this is one character has all my public infrastructure and bases, while the other has only a single base so as to get specific purges.
Well, having found out about Family Share, I decided I wanted to try a level 1 to 60 speed run when being able to benefit from an existing character’s wealth. So I created a 3rd Steam account, set both my other Steam accounts to allow Family Sharing with the new one, and figured I’d be good to go.
It took at least an hour of trying different combinations of which account could share with the new one on which computer, etc. before I could get both my original and new accounts to launch at the same time, and another hour of kicking BattlEye in the pants to get it to cooperate — and I work as a freakin’ sys admin for a living! I can only imagine how frustrating this would be for someone of only average technical aptitude!
So yeah, in the interest of enabling creative roleplaying or other experiences, there really ought to be an easier way to accomplish this. I don’t know if it’s this much of a hassle on the consoles, but creating additional Steam accounts, wrestling with Family Share and BattlEye, and then having to re-friend everyone on your new account is a migraine waiting to happen. I have nothing but respect for the RPers and server admins who have suffered these hurdles largely in silence!