The oft-repeated lancing of EVE Online as “spreadsheets in space” (which is really more like “too many UI elements in space” in my personal opinion) is soon to get just that little bit more literal. A new feature on the game’s test server has added an option that shuts off the 3-D visuals, leaving only the game’s UI elements on screen.
The intention of this new feature is to reduce the graphical load during EVE’s larger battles, which should make the game a bit less messy to play during such events, especially with the current conflicts raging in the game. “Obviously this option is meant for only the most extreme situations, but as we all know, EVE is all about extreme situations and with war raging, every frame counts,” said EVE brand director CCP Goodfella. “We look forward to being surprised by the creative ways in which this feature is embraced by our community!”
MMO blogger Wilhelm at The Ancient Gaming Noob has a detailed writeup of the changes, including the before-and-after shots.
Meanwhile, those who are looking to get caught up on other goings-on in New Eden have another episode of EVE Pulse to do so; we’ve got that embedded below.