This is actually my first time posting something here so I hope I am doing it right!
I really like the idea of selecting a starting location even though it’s very basic still. However, right now, after you have chosen a location where you would like to start, all it does is put your camera at that location. Once the game has loaded you still have the freedom to look around, see everything and basically just set up camp anywhere.
So my suggestion: Make the selection of your starting location before the game matter!
This could be achieved by - for example - disabling the player to deviate too far from the initial selected position. Another thing that could be added is a thicker/darker kind of fog of war so that you are not able to see the whole area right from the start, which basically forces you to set up camp at the initial selected location.
I am pretty sure there are many different ways to add some meaning to the selection of your initial location. But as of right now, it is not much more than a feature that does not add much to the game.
So I would like to ask the community here, please let your creativity go over this and let’s see what you can come up with!
I’m not sure whether or not some idea on this has already been posted, but if that is the case, then please let me know and accept my pardon for creating this topic.