Posted by Corelin
In the course of the last month CCP has undertaken a remarkable change of direction. From the high-handed arrogance that contributed so much to the summer of rage the latest devblog by Hilmar was an enormous change in tone. His humble, simple, matter of fact statement doesn’t leave as much room for interpretation and is a long way from the doublespeak ridden, high handed, maniacally laughing tone of his posts during the summer of rage.
I wont give much of a rundown of the post. It is a bit long but it’s well worth reading. I will hit the highlights.
We also didn’t do enough to assure you that this wasn’t the beginning of a “pay to win” scenario in EVE. Let me be blunt: Unless the MMO business changes radically, our virtual goods strategy for EVE Online will remain limited in scope and focus on vanity items, or as we said after the CSM visit this summer: The investment of money in EVE should not give you an unfair advantage over the investment of time.
People are complaining over the caveat here. I can understand being a bit wishy washy over it. Put simply, the reason they have to put it like that is that they are caught between two fires. They have to be honest and transparent with the playerbase. On the other hand they have to acknowledge that if the industry standard changes, they have to follow it. It’s that simple.
The rest of the first few bits is basically apologizing and acknowledging the various fuckups CCP has made over the last few weeks. In addition they acknowledge the many voices they have heard from the playerbase regarding what needs to be done.
The other big part of CCP’s one-two punch was the related devblog. I saw this and said “I’m buying 10 ishkurs,” Hybrid boost + 4th AF bonus. Hell yes. My little boat of overcompensation just got a new lease on life. Everything on this list with a few exceptions is something LONG overdue from CCP. The exceptions, in my not so humble opinion, are T2 rigs, a new font, and new captains quarters. I’m not saying we don’t need a new font (we do) or that the new captains quarters shouldn’t be out already (they should) but they aren’t related to EvE Online. A new font can be found anywhere on the internet. Google “high tech font” and tell me what you get for responses. I’m betting its enough to fill a book on bad font design. Captains Quarters… Yeah it should already be out or better yet it shouldn’t be a factor. Period. The coding is clearly terrible given that I cook dinner by turning CQ on and leaving a skillet on my heat sink for 20 minutes. If Establishments ever come out and someone else shows up in my CQ I expect my computer to melt through the desk like a thermite grenade.
All of this should take a back seat to A) Fixing old content, B) Fixing old content, C) Balancing old content, and D) Fixing old Content. Let me give you some examples:
- AF Bonuses
- Hybrid Balancing
- FW udpates
- Supercap Balancing
- Rest of the Ewar drones/rebalancing
Oh look! They made it! It’s Christmas in December!!! wait….