Some sort of seafaring PVE content. There seems to be a lot of untapped potential outside of what you're currently able to do at sea. I mean something you actually do from the boat. There could be a load of artefacts or other options to fit out a ship with this idea specifically in mind.
Diving is okay, but it's the same as PVE on land with different surroundings. Find a thing, mash your bash alias, etc.
Trade routes are cool and all, but ultra boring
Fishing is fantastic when you want to chill with your buddies
I'm sure as a group we could think of some awesome things, but here are a few ideas I have:
- Treasure hunting - Maps you buy and have to decipher using your wits, then dive to that specific spot and find something neato, or find it on an island.
- Whaling - My personal favorite. Lots of options here. Could even require a group, and also make it so larger ships are more effective, but require smaller ones to "tackle" the whale. Whale yields gathering comms, or rareminerals, or something making it worthwhile to do and invest in.
- Sea Monster Hunting - Like whaling but PETA friendly
- Sea races that fire at a specified interval, make it require a gold entry fee, winnings based on number of entrants, but still overall a gold sink.
Trying to think of different things that have an ROI for IRE but would still be super fun at sea.