It was likely a foregone conclusion that the agreed upon Christmas truce between the two sides fighting World War Bee 2 in EVE Online would get back into the fight with gusto, but perhaps nobody was expecting this. On December 30th, Goonswarm and PAPI forces clashed at M2-XFE over an Imperium Keepstar in a fight that will likely be remembered in the game’s history annals.
Both sides committed massive resources to the field, with an initially reported 5,000 combatants, 706 titans, 500 supers, and 600 Faxes among the ships drawn into the fight. The battle was already causing a large number of Titans to go pop, with an initial report pointing out that 76 Titans were destroyed. By the end of it all, both sides lost huge numbers of hardware, with five Supercarriers, dozens of Carriers, and hundreds of Titans and Dreadnoughts being taken down in the fight. All told, 23 trillion in ISK was lost, resulting in approximately $300K USD blown into space dust. The fight also brought an astonishing album of images from the front lines.
The battle at M2-XFE is the cap on an already active 2020 for EVE Online, both in terms of World War Bee 2 and in general updates. In fact, the event even won an award from us here at MOP itself. CCP Games provided a rundown of the past year in the last episode of Pulse for 2020, which you can watch in the embed below.