Archive for December, 2016

EVE Online News – Player-Owned Customs Offices

The CCP / EVE Online team has a new blog post on the official site detailing the new player-owned customs offices. The goal, according to the blog post, is to make "planetary taxation a profitable business".

Customs Offices in Low Sec, 0.0 and Wormhole systems are set to be eliminated while those in Hi Sec will remain under the auspices of CONCORD. Also of note is the fact that customs offices are now "targetable".

Corporations have the opportunity to build their own customs office in the orbit of any planet, with players of Station Manager rank able to make any changes to the CO on completion. Only one customs office per planet will be allowed.

There is a whole lot more information about how the COs will work, how to protect and reinforce them and more. Check it all out on the EVE Online blog.

EVE Online News - Player-Owned Customs Offices

EVE Online News – EVE Will Be Reborn

In today's One Jump Home column, MMORPG.com's Ross McDermott takes a look at the past several months in EVE Online and some of the events and statements that have literally shaken New Eden to its core. Check out Ross's unique perspective on things such as the Incarna debacle and Monacle-gate and then weigh in with a few thoughts of your own in the comments.

For the CEO of a videogames company to admit a significant error is, in my opinion, incredibly brave. I've met CCP Hellmar at the Icelandic CSM Summits; the man is genuine and sincere in his person and with his words. He reminisced with us about how he helped to build EVE Online from scratch, about how coders sat in a dark room often working far longer than they needed to to make the project come to life. For him to come forth and admit that mistakes were made is not only brave, but a breath of fresh air in a world of pressed suits and 'New Game Experiences' which outright murder MMORPGs and then turn the blame on their communities for 'Not understanding their perspective'.

Read more of Ross McDermott's One Jump Home: EVE Will Be Reborn.

EVE Online News - EVE Will Be Reborn

EVE Online News – Supercapitals & Supercarriers Under the Microscope

The EVE Online site has a new blog that deals with something that they acknowledge has been a huge concern in the community for a long time: Supercapitals and Supercarriers.

The complaint is stated: "Supercapitals can effectively deal with any size of target, and killing them takes a tremendous amount of damage. What this means is that with very few exceptions, the fleet with the most supercarriers wins."

As a result, the team is looking at ways to even the battlefield. Solutions range from reducing the overall shield, armor and hull hitpoints of supercapitals by 20% to "supercarriers will now have a smaller drone bay and will only be able to put fighters and fighter bombers in it."

More changes are in store for the Titan superweapon, addressing the "uselessness" of super-capitals, eliminating the log out as tactic problem and other balance issues.

Read the full blog post on the EVE Online site.

EVE Online News - Supercapitals & Supercarriers Under the Microscope

EVE Online News – Winter Expansion Details & News of a “Humbler CCP”

CCP Zulu has posted the latest EVE Online developer blog outlining the Winter 2011 Expansion and the "refocusing" of the game in the coming months. A second letter from CCP Hellmar is specifically addressed to those who are "disenchanted" with EVE and with CCP.

In the post starts off with a bang: "As we said we are planning something unparalleled. A significant part of that plan is the immediate refocusing of all the EVE development teams on EVE’s core gameplay: spaceships."

In addition to that announcement, Zulu listed the systems and features that the team will be spending  or has already spent significant time "refocusing":

No specific timeframe has been announced as to when the Winter 2011 update will go int effect. Zulu did indicate, however, that these changes would "be on Tranquility well before Christmas."

Read the full post on the EVE Online site.

The second letter on the site is from CCP Hellmar and contains a heartfelt apology to the EVE Online community:

The estrangement from CCP that many of you have been feeling of late is my fault, and for that I am truly sorry. There are many contributing factors, but in the end it is I who must shoulder the responsibility for much of what has happened. In short, my zeal for pushing EVE to her true potential made me lose sight of doing the simple things right. I was impatient when I should have been cautious, defiant when I should have been conciliatory and arrogant when I should have been humble.

Read the full letter on the EVE Online blog.

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EVE Online News - Winter Expansion Details & News of a "Humbler CCP"

EVE Online News – The Jesterâ

In today's One Jump Home column, MMORPG.com's Ross McDermott writes about the impending control of null-sec by two titans of EVE: Goonswarm Federation and Legion of xXDEATHXx. But there's more to the story than a simple non-invasion pact in the thought that null-sec is stagnant and that it's the events happening there that shape the rest of the EVE universe. Ross has several ideas to share with readers so head through the jump. Add your thoughts in the comments.

The reality is that stagnation is rampant in EVE Online. Specifically in null-sec. The super-capital arms race has resulted in the most terrifying of outcomes: the super-capital Mexican stand-off. However this appears to have evolved beyond the simple rules of 3 men pointing guns at each-other, rather today we see a shift towards a nuclear peace.

Read more of Ross McDermott's One Jump Home: The Jester’s Lament.

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EVE Online News - The Jesterâ

EVE Online News – Singularity Updated with Racial Captain’s Quarters

The EVE Online blog has been updated with the news that the final three racial captain's quarters have been released on Singularity.  The blog features some nice looking screenshots of each that show the detail that the dev team added to reflect the unique characteristics and societal influences of the Caldari, the Amarr, and the Gallente.

Check out the full developer blog on the EVE Online site.

EVE Online News - Singularity Updated with Racial Captain's Quarters