Posts tagged EVE Online
Harry chats with Jon Landers, Senior Producer on EVE Online, about the game’s 19th free expansion: Odyssey. They also talk about the EVE/Dust 514 intergration, and how things are working with the one universe/two games.
Jonathan Lander announces EVE Online’s latest expansion, Odyssey, in front of a crowd at PAX.
This week on MMO Reporter Chris, Bill and Harry talk about an article on Gamer.nl about SW:TOR, announcement from Blizzcon about giant Pandas, CCP’s layoff and more!
With Bill away this week, I asked Rich Fisher, host of Horde for Life, to join me to discuss the continued EVE uproar, booming times for Global Agenda, the new Firefall dev diary, the 2nd TOR Bounty Hunter progression video, and the quote that TOR will have “200 hours of gameplay per class.”
We’ve mentioned the uproar and scathing feedback that EVE Online players have been sending CCP’s way on the last several podcasts. It’s a continuing issue that seems to be pretty slow to wind down, and I took part in a recent teleconference with CCP on behalf on PC Gamer and I wanted to share with you the final result.
Enjoy the article, and I’ll see you in-game!
This week, Bill and I discuss the astounding trend towards free-to-play, featuring WoW, the continuation of the EVE fiasco, Star Wars Galaxies coming to an end, Guild Wars 2 fan day, and the review of the Steelseries World of Warcraft mouse.
Last week was a big one in EVE Online. Let’s see if we can sum it up and provide some commentary, shall we?
WARNING: this article – like all of my EVE articles – is going to look at the situation by comparing EVE to all other MMOs (and CCP to other companies). This method yeilds different conclusions than if you look at EVE all by itself, floating in a vacuum, like the frozen corpse of your enemy.
First up came the release of Incarna. A massive undertaking, this update to the game involved – essentially – building an entirely new MMO engine and inserting it inside an existing MMO, like some kind of digital turducken designed to lure hungry new players off the street. The main features of this release (both good and bad) include:
- The Captain’s Quarters: a new environment that loads when you dock in station, allowing you to walk around your cabin, go out to a balcony/catwalk to examine and fit your ship, watch some local news, and generally interact with the game in a way that’s a little bit more like your character lives in New Eden and a little bit less like clicking a series of menubar options from Microsoft Office 2007.
- Hair lag: Although EVE introduced new character customization with last year’s Incursion (which updated the art to the point where your pilots started to look more like people and less like drawings of the characters from your eighth-grade DnD campaign), Incarna marks the first time that said character is actually walking around and – you know – doing stuff; this in turn meant that the players’ machines had to cope with rendering every single one of the hairs on the character’s head, every second. For some players, this resulted in significant lag while in-station, an increased heat load on their video cards, and some other issues. Even those players who had no issues with a single instance of the game running (like myself), experienced performance issues with multiple EVE accounts running at the same time (only one miner-alt in station at the same time, please). This development has resulted in a marked uptick of bald characters in New Eden.
- If you Don’t like the CQ, here’s the Door. Literally: An extremely vocal minority of the EVE playerbase had no interest in the CQ, and wanted a way to ignore it when docked. CCP, never known for its command of the finer points of diplomacy, gave them that option — if you opt to shut off the CQ environment, you are instead shown a screenshot of the door of your captain’s cabin. In closeup. Now, this response — a snark-shot from the CCP developers (who have worked on the CQ for [*mumble*] years) across the bow of the bittervets who were rejecting all their hard work — is… understandable.It’s a terribly undiplomatic joke between vet developers aimed at vet players, and should have never made it off the test server, but it’s understandable. However, for the player’s who are legitimately suffering from significant performance issues, who need to shut off the CQ simply to play the game, it came as an unwelcome insult added to the injury.
- The NEx Store: basically a vanity-item store in which players use a new form of currency (made available for purchase directly from the website for cash, or in-game with ISK via a suitably EVE-like series of convuluted steps). More on this later.
- New guns!: Unheralded and unlooked for, the EVE art department reworked the appearance, sound, and in-combat vizualization for every non-missile-launcher weapon in the game, as well as mining lasers and several other non-combat modules. On the whole, a sterling implementation that injected a lot of life back into combat.