EVE Online reintroduces large-scale expansions

    
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Earlier this week, EVE Online Executive Producer Andie “CCPSeagull” Nordgren announced that the game will be returning to large-scale expansions in addition to frequent patches. What can we say — it’s a trend this season.

“The new Structures will be our biggest step yet to building player-driven space colonization in EVE from the ground up, and truly put space infrastructure into your hands in an unlimited way. That’s why the introduction of them is at the heart of our next expansion. […] Yes, I said expansion. We want to give you EVE Online expansions with a more epic feel to them again, but in a new form.”

Nordren explains that while CCP liked the ability to push out smaller updates, the chance to collect feedback on features as they rolled out, and the timeline flexibility, the team also believes the smaller patches created a “disjointed experience” and “put a lot of responsibility on you players to figure out what’s coming and when, and what the future of EVE is, instead of [CCP’s] packaging big changes together and telling you about them all at once.”

CCP will continue to push patches on a regular five week schedule, beginning with the upcoming Vanguard and Parallax, but expansions will be added to the mix.

“What’s then the difference between a release and an expansion in this hybrid form? First, an expansion will be a set of big, connected features that both make impactful change on EVE, and make a statement about what kind of game EVE is. Second, there won’t be a fixed number of them per year, but rather we will announce when we have one in the making and what the main features are. While we will have a timeframe in mind for the release of the expansion and tell you about it, the exact date won’t be pinned down until we are confident that the state of all the connected features are in a good place.”

The studio also released a new dev blog on citadel sieges. Nordren’s update video is below.

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daemoniron
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daemoniron

Write CCP , read ADHD.
Can you make a plan that lasts more than one week?

Necromonger
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Necromonger

Smiggins The reason why Eve never got as big as it might be is due to not catering to the cows who consume contend in 10 days and whine about nothing to do.

Eve was and always will be a niche bad ass space game where its you who can create contend and be the contend.

PVE is a means to fund your ships not to mention the it has hands down the best market and crafting system an mmo has ever had.

Granted i quited last year when all these nerfs came to capitals and entosis crap links that for me personaly dint work out, and looking at the sub numbers i can only tell i am not the only one.

All the famous nullsec alliances struggle or vanish into thin air Nulli Sucunda / Black Legion, The fall of N3 Coalition etc etc.

But i am sure one day Eve reinvents itself and get back to 500k active subs.

You know whats even more sad :( ?………..That we only have one game like Eve but  we have 10000 themepark carebear mmo’s that drop into a garbage can 2 year post release.

I wished we had more options to play such hardcore games.

theeknighthood
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theeknighthood

Tufty squidgod2000 I have also taken a break from EVE to play ED, although to be honest ED is even more bare bone than EVE and I am hoping CQC will launch soon…

slavetoguilt
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slavetoguilt

The main reason I unsubbed from Eve (4 year player) Is that the PVE got stale and boring. And PVP roaming took way too long.
Now I think WiS would be a great IDEA. But, I also think that they really need to add something big to shake things up.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

I listened to the video and all I got from it was : “we found that doing smaller content releases put too much pressure on us to release content quicker.  So we’re going back to large expansions with no fixed release date.”
And then I noticed her hairstyle…….and suddenly I felt like Austin Powers when “the mole” entered the room.

rioinsignia
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rioinsignia

breetoplay Tufty korsobar In 12 months time…
“Don’t forget Valkyrie
Poor Valkyrie
There’s always…..”
hehehe. it seems to me that CCP are really no better than a one-trick pony.

Saerain
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Saerain

Smiggins It’s funny, because it’s more believable that way.

mmonerd
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mmonerd

EVIL ONLINE PLAYER i feel your pain.

Smiggins
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Smiggins

EVE will never get as big as it could be with its crappy click to move auto aim mechanics.

Smiggins
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Smiggins

Panserbjorne39  I want EVE 2.0 with space sim flight not click to move.