Mars4 will be a survival game where players will fight against the harsh reality of Mars. Naturally, not everyone will win the fight - but what will happen after you go offline? More information about dying on Mars in today's "You ask, we answer" rubric!
Will my character die if I don't play for a period of time and what happens if they die?
No. When players are offline, their characters are not taking damage from sandstorms or losing food and water. As I mentioned earlier, I don't wish to be malicious as a developer and I feel that allowing colonists to expire because their players weren't logged in would be wrong. In Mars4, colonists won't die, but their suit will cryogenically freeze them and they will remain where they are, able to be revived. In Mars1 colonists will respawn. The consequence for 'death' can be considered minor rather than severe.