You'd be surprised how much people enjoy doing busy work like building and crafting in games. The potential to grow new player crowd is huge with such feature.I dont think its real. Base building? I know its been talked about before but no where near as much as Atmos and Space legs, its never struck me as a much desired item.
Myself though is not that great fan of it. It's a cool feature to have but I don't think I will do much with it. But I KNOW others will go nuts on it.