EVE Online officially ends its nullsec blackout today

    
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The nullsec communications blackout in EVE Online came with plenty of warning for players, but it was still a surreal experience for veterans when the communication channels just… went away. But the blackout is ending today, with communications coming back online and allowing everyone to go back to the way things were after just over two months in the dark. The reversion was announced at the game’s fanfest in Berlin, with the official announcement explaining that the experiment gave the developers new information for the future.

“Over the course of the blackout we’ve seen some substantial changes in player behavior and a massive impact on those we believe to be suspected of botting,” CCP says. “The duration of the blackout wasn’t specified in order to allow us to gather information without a hard deadline for concluding it. After 66 days, the blackout of local chat in nullsec will come to an end during downtime today, September 16 and local will return to immediate mode with full population counts and member lists.”

Even so, it’s not clear quite why the blackout is ending, although our own Brendan Drain has provided some theories about the concurrent drop in player activity that may be tied to the communication loss. It’s equally unknown whether this lack of communication was always meant to be temporary or just didn’t produce results that the studio was happy with. Regardless, the comms are back online; it remains to be seen if this will result in everything getting back to normal.

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Fire Bush

Ccp caves to null pressure and reopens easy farming for the bots. All they had to do was make it so you had to build structures to get Intel instead of it being free. If only bots are playing it not worth playing anyway. Time to unsub again. Only came back because it seemed like they wanted to balance things finally. Now it goes the way of lineage 2 and becomes a bot only game. The null block refusing to change is what’s always been ruining the game. I’ll resub when they out of the driver’s seat again. Low risk high reward so much balance. Just hoping CU is as good a daoc.

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styopa

(CCP discovers that 85% of its nullsec population were in fact bots)
(CCP quickly decides that perhaps disabling what they used to consider the bulk of their population isn’t a great idea.)
(CCP abandons blackout)

No, I have no idea why they restored it.

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Loopy

Wait, what? I thought this was going to be a long-term change, at least in the foreseeable future. I guess the fallout has truly been negative if they’re rolling back the change so quickly.

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Techno Wizard

Don’t worry, CCP. The players will come back. Probably.

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Renren Usausa

It’s too late CCP. I’ve already moved on to other things. It’s so sad that you decided you wanted to push away players and then expect them to return later like nothing happened.

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Ian Wells

Honestly, for any player who had a reason to be in null sec, it wasn’t as big of a change as you would think. Despite taking away the easy to reference list of who was in the system with you, PvPers could still find sport by doing deep scans while warping between points to look for miners, ratters, and explorers. Meanwhile, any miner, ratter, or explorer who was actually prepared for null sec knew that they should be doing the same thing, and pinging the map every so often just to see if there were any near by vessels. This isn’t something “new” that players had to come up with to defend themselves or find sport; this is an integral part of the game that players were now just that much more reliant on.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Putting my pedant hat on, the channels didn’t “go away” they merely changed behavior in that they no longer displayed all the names of the people in a given system with you. You could still use them, but as soon as you did your name appeared, so people were very quiet and null sec space started to feel pretty empty. You would go into a system and not know if you were alone or not.

And so the local channel is not back, expect in that they are back to behaving the way they did before the blackout.