EVE Online is shuttering EVE Voice in March

More chunks of EVE Online are on the chopping block this week, as CCP announced today that it’s sunsetting EVE Voice with the March patch. And less than one-hundredth of the playerbase will care, as the studio explains only 0.4% of active players used it instead of Discord, Mumble, and their ilk. The good news is that it paves the way for 64-bit client development and a chat system overhaul.

“With the March release, we’ll be updating the chat system in EVE Online, moving from the custom solution we’ve been using since EVE was initially designed, to an industry standard XMPP chat server that will offer better performance and flexibility for the future. There’ll be more information on the new chat system in the coming days and weeks, so be sure to keep your eye on this section of the EVE Online website for more news and Dev blogs about it.”

CCP’s never been a studio to shy away from shutting down APIs, community sites, offices, games, ventures, and in EVE, even whole systems, like Walking in Stations, which was decommissioned last year.

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Non Human

No one really needs the voice client since most groups in Eve use Mumble, Team Speak, Ventrilo, and Discord. Retiring elements that aren’t used is not bad. Although I have to admit if they killed PI I would be very sad. Over all this is non effective to my game play or worm hole life.

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Siphaed

Seems like there’s only two types of articles pertaining to CCP and EVE:

–Epic Battle losing millions/billions of ISK value due to espionage and/or inappropriate player behavior.

–Them shutting down something.

This article doesn’t disappoint that narrative.

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Nosy Gamer

We’ll get a chance to see if that is really true with today’s news.

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Necromonger

Since 2008 this game has only been going backwards.
On some QOL improvements that did made Eve better all other crap added has made Eve worse and worse or forced bandaid patches to fix a fix that dint need fixing in the first place.

I played from 2006 to 2013 and did log back in once in awhile but meh i coulnt bother playing it longer then a day.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

EVE has voice?

I’d burn down a few more features to get a 64-bit client at this point.

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Nosy Gamer

You may never get to see that 64-bit client. I read that list at the end of the article. It sounds like EVE is dying to me.

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Armsbend

If it is it’ll be a slow one. Like a decade.

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Nosy Gamer

So 10% TiDi?

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John Mclain

I honestly estimate roughly 3-4 years before eve shuts down. But we’ll see the game circling the drain more intensely long before that day. I fully admit, this is just a well educated guess, but I’d be willing to actually put money on it I’m certain enough it’s accurate.

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Armsbend

You could just leave the game on as is and people who’ve been in it for so long it overshadows their real life would just stay in it and they’d make enough to keep the lights on.

But I do think development of any substance is now done.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Going back to release notes I found an EVE Voice update in Dominion that added integrated “voice fonts.” Did that ever become a thing? I don’t think I used EVE Voice even once, but now I am suddenly concerned about missing out on that feature!

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BigAngry

So… minus voice chat, plus 64-bit client? This is actually a blessing in disguise, I take it?