EVE Online will end the nullsec Blackout tomorrow

    
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The first taste of chaos for EVE Online has been the Blackout: a shutdown of chat within nullsec space that has certainly made life more interesting in that part of the sandbox. However, that chaos appears to be ending this week.

At the Berlin Fanfest this past Saturday, it was officially announced that the Blackout would be over this Monday after maintenance. Explanations for why CCP Games is walking back this part of making EVE Online an “absolute hellscape” weren’t given, but the prevailing theory is to combat an unexplained steady decline in player numbers.

There’s certainly no shortage of theories within the EVE Online community. As we’ve previously covered, player engagement has fallen in the wake of the Season of Skills event and players have had little incentive to try other things in nullsec. Whatever the real reason may be, things are about to return to something less chaotic in a few short hours.

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Raven Knight

CCP has proven it’s risky to spend your money with what they’ve done with everything, gambling your hard earned time for just non opt out forced gameplay caused folks to quit..the whole dam Dev team needs to be fired for being this stupid. And fact remains with this now gone, it still doesn’t resolve the numerous other issues with the game…they broke Eve, they don’t know what to do with eve, eve once had a nice thoughout roadmap and epeens and pricks came in said..burn it all down and look what’s left..ashes and a skeleton of once great legacy..CCP Games officially has a gaming buyer beware..I’m sure to tell my friends to avoid it all cost.

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X - Files

I’m one of the players that stopped play when the blackout started. I did so due to the simple fact that I could not protect myself. I spent days on end ratting to save billions of isk for my ship. So if someone wants to destroy it, they will have to work very hard. But with the black out it would be very easy!

If CCP wants chaos, they better try something else.

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Techno Wizard

Or “eeek we’re losing players, end the chat channel shutdown quick so they come back! We need ‘dat RL ISK.”

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Baemir

I’m not sure about this. If they backpedal on the whole chaos era thing, it’s either going to stop the bleeding of players or cement EVE’s staleness and just do more damage in the longer term. I don’t play EVE anymore, and even though I understand the complaints of nullsec players, I have to wonder if there wasn’t a bit of a ‘vocal minority’ phenomenon at play there, on their forum and on reddit. I could be completely wrong, and I’m just looking in from the outside right now, but I feel almost a responsibility to share my thoughts on this whole thing because I really don’t want EVE to go under.

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Utakata

Bottom line thinking will always prevail over any “vocal minority phenomenon”. As in, if they see a dramatic drop in numbers because so and so decision they’ve made was determined to be at issue, they’ll most likely reverse it. On the other hand, a few complainers can be simply ignored if they’re deemed inconsequential to the game’s overall profit margin.

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Armsman

CCP is a Backpedal master. They touted “Walking in Stations” for 5+ years before releasing the ‘Captains Quarters’ implementation (of course the RL cost clothing like $20 pants and $60 monocles didn’t help) – but as soon as it was launched – the EVE Vets with 10+ year old PCs cried foul – and they soon killed any and everything to so with WIS after touting it and releasing their first iteration.

Then there’s the whole DUST debacle. (and we won’t mention Valkyrie or what was supposed to replace DUST – which was demoed for attendees at an EVE Fest where they could play it – and the player response to what was available was so bad they killed it then and there and it was never released.

So yeah, CCP making BAD decisions and immediately walking them back?…Must be a day that ends in ‘y’.

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Arktouros

Gotta get that bot money.

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Richard de Leon III

I guess even EVE players have a line where even they are considered carebear….

From what I understand the anarchy caused by the blackout actually made it more of a PVP game than it was, or at least somewhat exciting.

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X - Files

Not really. From my understanding null-sec went dead. No one was undocking their ships.