CCP explained what these unique packets of space-time contain and what players can do in them when the Into the Abyss expansion lands: “Abyssal Deadspace is a new type of encounter in EVE focused around short session solo gameplay, with some very ‘EVE‘ type opportunities for interaction. As a player you are making a series of strategic decisions that are different each session. You build up mastery between sessions by learning the patterns in the abyss. If you do well you will be rewarded, if not; you die.”
With the ever-developing, ever-growing nature of MMORPGs, the expansion truly has a life of its own. By now we are well acquainted with the cycle that runs from gestation to obsolescence and can usually point to where any particular expansion is on this chart.
The Lazy Goldmaker outlined the typical progression of MMO expansion packs with a six-step cycle that focuses heavily on the economy and raiding: “After the final raid of the expansion we will enter the last content drought. This is typically the longest period with nothing exciting added to the game. We are in the middle of this phase of Legion currently. Most of the markets from the live expansion will still be viable, but profit margins will be decreasing, as will prices on all goods.”
Kotaku put out a piece over the weekend on Brian Schoeneman, one of the many players currently running for positions on EVE Online’s Council of Stellar Management. It’s basically the student council for the game, only the members could potentially wield considerable influence over the game and have traditionally been flown to Iceland to meet with CCP to advocate for the playerbase, or at least its more powerful factions. So yeah, basically like real life.
Schoeneman, however, made headlines because of his day job: Kotaku characterizes him as a “career politician” and lobbyist.
“If you replace ‘government’ with CCP, ‘union members’ with the playerbase, and ‘country’ with the game world, I’m already basically a CSM,” he reportedly said. “It’s literally my day job.”
This anecdotal evidence seems to mesh quite well with CCP’s own brutal retention statistics, as we heard back in 2016 that over 1.5 million people had signed up new accounts that year but just over 50% of them quit within the first two hours. Even after the free-to-play option was added to eliminate the biggest barrier of entry for new and returning players, retaining more of those players in the long term is still proving difficult. So what is it that prevents new players from really clicking with EVE even if they want to, and what can be done about it?
In this edition of EVE Evolved, I look at some of the factors that make EVE difficult to penetrate, the importance of joining a corporation, and a few things CCP could do to help with player retention.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Heroes of the Storm, Elder Scrolls Online, DayZ, EVE Online, Pokemon Go, Dota 2, City of Heroes, Final Fantasy XIV, Portal Knights, Lineage 2 Revolution, Wizard101, Ingress, and Reign of Guilds, all waiting for you after the break!
That’s right, TERA is throwing a murder mystery event, and everyone is invited! Claw and Order (pause for groans) kicks off a month-long interactive murder mystery in which the community will be combing through new daily developments and searching for the truth
both inside and outside of the game [our bad – it’s just outside the game!]. This is seriously cool.
“To make things even more fun, EME employees will be monitoring the discord discussions closely, sharing secrets and mulling over clues with players all throughout this special community event,” En Masse Entertainment said. “So whether you play TERA on PC, Playstation 4, or Xbox One, dust off your thinking caps and get ready for some serious sleuthing.”
Get started by scoping out the crime scene below. Good luck!
Tabletop games and MMORPGs seem like they would go well together, but remarkably they often don’t. That’s true for several reasons, but one of the main reasons is that we have a lot more games adapting different source material separately. You can certainly run a Star Wars: The Old Republic-themed game with a Star Wars tabletop system, but neither one is based on the other. (Technically there was a supplement published for it, but that was covering the first two single-player games, which themselves were based on that tabletop system.)
But there have still been incursions from MMOs into the tabletop space, and MMOs which pluck that fertile ground for the seeds of inspiration. So let’s spend today looking at these games, when you can log off of your favorite MMO, gather around a table with your friends, and keep playing your favorite MMO. More or less.
Of course, the official letter for the event describes it as “the most incredible stories in gaming history,” which sounds significantly more epic. But they’re caused by players either way.
Players can also look forward to special 15th anniversary skins for ships and player avatars, so you can celebrate whether you’ve been present since the first day or only recently decided to get in on the action. Check out the trailer just below to see what it looks like in the deep space sandbox from a historical perspective, and get ready for the future; we’re willing to bet that it will involve some significant changes in the game’s political landscape. That seems to be a constant.
What: EVE Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 7th, 2018
Sometimes I am just so proud of our One Shots crowd here at Massively OP. I keep coming up with ludicrous screenshot challenges and you all continue to rise to the occasion. Even when I ask for spiders. Giant spiders.
We got ever so many.
Vincent leads the arachnid parade with this pic from Final Fantasy XIV: “I give you Arachne Eve, the first boss in the Weeping City (aka ‘Wiping City’) raid. My alliance was not amused I was taking screenshots mid-battle — especially as I was the healer. But y’know… priorities.”
At least he has learned the important lesson that One Shots is more important than anything else in your gaming life. You should all be this devoted.
“Every single Outpost and Conquerable Station will be converted into an upgraded Faction Fortizar during downtime on June 5th 2018,” CCP explains. “These Faction Fortizars are powerful and limited edition – no more will be added.” And no blueprints will be created for them, either! “New Faction Citadels will belong to the last owner of the Outpost/Conquerable Station at the time of the change. Once Outposts and Conquerables are converted into Faction Citadels they will enter a temporary invulnerable mode. On June 7th structures will enter their standard shield vulnerable state.”
Eager to preserve history, CCP also says that “permanent historic monuments will be erected on the sites of the Conquerable Stations and a select few of the especially storied Outposts.”
Even as we boggle at the time gone by, we can enjoy the events that arrive with anniversaries. EVE Online activated its newest event, titled Operation: Conscious Interruption, and players can check it out from now through May 15th.
Player pilots are being called on to defend the Society of Conscious Thought as it attempts to deploy a Praxis battleship and recover stolen technology. CCP said that there are events for all types of players to do, from solo play to PvP. Rewards from the event include 15th anniversary SKINs, so get out there and pwn like a boss!
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin go western for Wild West Online’s release date, sci-fi for EVE Online’s employment woes, fantasy for World of Warcraft’s expansion testing, and goofy for pretty much everything else.
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