EVE Online's Sleepers are stealing corpses to rebuild their bodies

When unstable wormholes began opening all across EVE Online back in 2009, players cautiously ventured forth into the unknown and discovered the ruins of the ancient Sleeper civilisation. Protected by powerful AI ships, the Sleepers lay dormant in stasis pods and wired into a virtual environment, their bodies withered from 10,000 years of cold storage. We farmed the latent race's automated protectors for parts to build tech 3 cruisers, and even harvested some of their bodies for advanced implants to give ground troops access to cloning technology. It was only a matter of time before the Sleepers awoke, and now it looks as if they're arming for war.

If you've been following EVE's recent storyline, you'll know that Circadian Seeker drones have been reported warping around star systems and scanning ships and objects. They discovered cloaked Jove outposts full of technology, and had the opportunity to scan players with Jovian cloning tech. At EVE Fanfest 2015, CCP took the story one step further with a trailer (after the cut) showing Drifter battleships harvesting capsuleer corpses and using them to rebuild their own bodies. Now players have discovered that this is actually happening in-game; If you die in a system with Circadian Seekers or eject a corpse into space, the body will be picked up and taken for processing. You can read more about the recent events and upcoming features in EVE at CCP's brand new Updates page.

[Source: EVE Updates, @HilmarVeigar]
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Landari_Omega
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Landari_Omega

Dope_Danny After all of the years of playing EVE, there isn't much they can do to make the UI more appealing if you ask me. They can slap on a new layer of paint and spit shine a few things if they want, but most EVE players know there already isn't enough room on-screen to show everything you need to look at.

thegirlwiththehair
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Nyphur Landari_Omega

Why are you collecting... know what, nevermind, it's EvE :)

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

IndigoSalma 
Many Eve Online players including myself quit Eve over Incarna's forced paid beta testing for crapsterpiece WoD, which thankfully never made it to launch.  All that thing wound up being was a constant drain of resources and money off the only thing that has ever made CCP any money, the thing which they *should* have been developing all along: Eve.  Eve went for a number of years getting buggy, half-finished expansions dumped on top of other buggy, half-finished expansions whilst all its sub money was rerouted for fail games-- Dust 514 and WoD.
2009's Apocrypha was really the last great expansion Eve has had until recent times.

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

Did zombies just reach EVE, wait..what? lol

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

That is a really cool story idea.

Totally gross, but cool.  ;)

Nyphur
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Nyphur

Landari_Omega Brb, finding my huge corpse collection :D

CistaCista
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CistaCista

Landari_Omega That's EVE lol,,  someone is always trying to get an edge in the least expected ways.

CistaCista
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CistaCista

Edany (AmberACurtis) CistaCista And it is not simply lore as in storyline that is revealed, mind you. It is takeing something that is already in the game, a player's dead corpse, and using it in a whole new and unexpected way. 
Frozen corpses have been in the game forever, players have been able to scoop them up, some collect them and trade them with other players as a passtime. Now suddenly comes along a class of npcs that want exactly that item from you, and will shoot you up if they find out you have it! It's mindblowing for veteran players.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Was going to say the same thing.
The game itself isn't my cup of tea but the story sounds fascinating.

Tenthyr
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Tenthyr

WOOOW. BODY STEALING. TOTES ONLY A WHITE WOLF PLOTLINE NEVER HAPPENED ELSEWHERE.
Sarcasm inside, do keep the bitterness in check.

Tenthyr
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Tenthyr

Plus, the bodies aren't the capsuleers anymore. When their pod is damaged, a machine destructively scans the brain at a quantum level of detail, then transmits the info to be imprinted onto a new clone. That's why capsuleers are immortal. The old body dies as a byproduct, though it'd die if the capsule is pierced anyhow.

ManastuUtakata
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Nyphur ManastuUtakata 
Thanks for explaining that. :)

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Oskiee ManastuUtakata 
You'll have to forgive me. The wheels in my pigtails where turning at the possibilities. It appears below, that they where partially correct. :)

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

I've always loved these kinds of enemies showing up in mmos. Kind of reminds me of the old TNG episode where the first meet the borg as an example of "you arent remotely ready for whats out here" from Q. Part of me always expected blizzard to do this sometime with WoW, just have a completely alien enemy show up for reasons all the more sinister than destruction for conquerings sake. Shame Eves interface just puts me off more than anything.

Landari_Omega
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Landari_Omega

I just know someone out there is dumping cargoholds full of bodies just to see if they are gaining stealth standings with the Sleepers.

Tierless
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Tierless

I've always loved the lore but this is worth a hats of to CCP, very cool.

kofteburger
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kofteburger

Snky fastcart You think in such three-dimensional terms.

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

Also, the new star map and cloaking animation look amazing.  I haven't logged in a year or so, now I want to just to look around.

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

Oh man, a new EVE trailer!  These guys are the best at what they do!  Which is make it look really awesome, and then you watch the second video and remember what playing the game is actually like.  :P

Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Edany (AmberACurtis)

CistaCista I couldn't agree more - and more games would earn more retention if they took the long term view of story-line integration with the players like this. Something odd one day, mundane for the next two years, then something small gets picked up and noticed by a few players - then all hell breaks loose.... too much fun!

Nyphur
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Nyphur

TehAcidBaron Nyphur ManastuUtakata We don't actually know what the Sleepers are truly like yet, so this story can evolve in a load of different directions. This also all started after Sansha's Nation interfaced with Sleeper tech to control their wormhole generators and invaded Jove space, so we have a potential mix of Sleeper, Sansha and Jove tech. Will be interesting to see where this one goes.

TehAcidBaron
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Nyphur ManastuUtakata

Are sleepers actually individuals or more part of a "hive mind"?  Also if you "die" in EVE your conscience is transferred over to another clone and all they are harvesting are a lifeless husk.

TehAcidBaron
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TehAcidBaron

I have always found the lore behind EVE to be enjoyable as a sci-fi fan.

luxundae
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luxundae

That's really cool and really creepy.  Brings back the old idea of unknowable horrors in the lonely depths of space, which isn't something I normally associate with EVE.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

IndigoSalma And the winner for fastest topic change goes to...

Nyphur
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Nyphur

ManastuUtakata They're using us for body parts so far, but during the Sansha storyline CCP let a few players change sides and effectively join Sansha's Nation so anything could happen.

Lheiah
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Lheiah

Can't wait to play, errr...can't wait to read about the next great story from the Eve universe.

Snky
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Snky

fastcart The Borg weren't in a millennia-long hibernation. Derp.

Oskiee
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Oskiee

ManastuUtakata Change to what factions? Drifters and Sleepers are NPC's. So are all the pirate factions. If you want to switch factions and shoot at your current friends,  its as simple and targeting them and shooting them.

CistaCista
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CistaCista

Amazing how EVE is invigorating storylines that were seeded so many years ago. It's brillant!

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

"Now players have discovered that this is actually happening in-game; If you die in a system with Circadian Seekers or eject a corpse into space, the body will be picked up and taken for processing."
...does that mean this a convoluted way of changing factions unintentionally? o.O

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Well they did take the WoD team and made them worm on EVE stuff then laid them off.

IndigoSalma
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IndigoSalma

Ideas taken from https://www.facebook.com/worldofdarkness i bet ... canceling an amazing game for this crap .

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
wjowski
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wjowski

Given that this is EVE I'm shocked this wasn't about an actual player-run organ-harvesting ring.

fastcart
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fastcart

Snky The Borg!

Snky
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Snky

So who did it better, EVE or Mass Effect?

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