EVE Online outlines plans to spin out a new chat system in March

    
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The small portion of EVE Online players who will be heartbroken over the loss of the game’s voice chat will really just be riding the forefront of the game’s chat changes. Significant backend changes to the game’s chat functionality are coming with the March update, and the short version is that chat in general is getting spun out to a separate platform on a different infrastructure.

Why such a significant change? Well, for one thing, it should help reduce the chat load on specific nodes during fleet operations, and it also serves to help split up the game’s functionality into more manageable chunks for the development team. It also gives the game’s customer service team easier access to chat logs, so that should be fun, too. You shouldn’t notice any changes in-game after the chat changeover, but players are encouraged to report any bugs that managed to slip through as always.

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Oho so they did pull the trigger on XMPP chat. That’s got a whole world of possibilities (eg. external access)

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Pretty much this. I hope this infrastructure change eventually leads to chatting with players both inside and outside of the game.

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I hope that it can play my chat greatest hits: “HELP!” “SAVE ME!” “I DIDN’T MEAN TO LEAVE HIGH SEC SPACE!” and “DON’T POD ME, BRO!” I pretty much need those on continuous loop.

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Arktouros

Okay, but will local still be an all seeing eye radar that lets you know when hostiles are in system?