EVE Online abruptly removed ores from null sec as part of a wider resource distribution plan

    
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Last week was likely a surprising one for the miners of EVE Online, as Veldspar and Spodumain rocks were abruptly removed from the asteroid belts of null sec systems. In a dev blog on Friday, CCP Games admitted to orchestrating the change, explaining other adjustments made and the reasons why. Not only were these two resources wiped from null sec, but the quantity of ore for levels three, four and five asteroid Anomalies in null sec were reduced by 33%, 50%, and 66% respectively in order to “vastly” lower the availability of certain ores in these areas.

These sudden changes are part of a larger plan to redistribute resources across the game in the coming weeks and months. Furthermore, there’s a chance that many of these adjustments will be just as sudden and unannounced as Tuesday’s tweaks.

“This marks the beginning of the EVE resource distribution overhaul that will be taking place in the coming weeks and months,” the studio wrote. “The element of mystery and sense of discovery when things change in New Eden without notice is something awesome to behold, therefore some of the adjustments planned will be sudden like the ones that occurred on 17 December.”

That said, not every change will be done on the sly. “It is also understood that certain changes require precise communication in advance in order to give pilots enough time to prepare, so other more gradual plans that exist for changes will be communicated in this fashion,” explains the post. With that said, perhaps look forward to another round of chaos.

source: official site, thanks to Panagiotis for the tip!
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Rolan Storm

AHAHAHA! Now that’s the news.

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Lord Tardazor

Me, when i was thinking about to go back to Eve…

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Techno Wizard

Seems very arbitrary to remove those minerals from null sec. Almost like a punishment but then I know as much about EVE’s economy as I do about rocket science, i.e not much.

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Eamil

I’m doing a brief stint in the game right now and the prices of most minerals other than the tritanium these two give are well below half what they commonly were last time I played, so hopefully whatever they’re doing will shake up mineral prices a bit. Trit will always be in demand but veldspar shouldn’t be the second most valuable ore in the game.

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styopa

I’m not surprised they made the change, IMO Eve needs a lot of lateral ideas and much less resting on ancient foundations to make it appeal to new players.

But I’m fairly surprised that such a seemingly significant change wouldn’t have been communicated in advance.

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Armsman

I guess they wanted to delay the JITA protests that will ultimately occur for a time. ;)

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PanagiotisLial1

and banking on the fact many wont play much or at all as we get closer to christmas, so less people will notice to actually complain

laelgon
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laelgon

At a guess, if the goal is to shake up the economy, best not to give people forewarning. I’m thinking of the GW2 “insider-trading” where some people were finding out which resources were becoming more valuable in upcoming patches, and then buying up huge reserves before the patch went live to turn massive profits.

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PanagiotisLial1

Just a heads up for an error above

null sec = no(null) security = no Concord(space police) involvement in PVP = in theory the least safe spots on EVE

However you may hear how safe null sec had become because of various non aggression agreements between the biggest entities there(offer referred as the blue donut because of the shape of the area circling the high and low sec space) but they were not and normally arent safe