It seems funny.. and a little strange.. that I can attribute a Biblical Scripture to the actions of CCP and, in particular, CCP Zulu.
The scripture is 2 Peter 3:4 and it reads like this from the New World Translation: “and saying, “Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep [in death], all things are continuing exactly as from creation’s beginning.” It certainly is a serious scripture for a serious time. Still, it resonated with me on a less serious aspect.. the aspect of Eve Online.
You see, oddly enough, this is exactly how I feel about CCP Zulu’s Devblog. We have a “prophecy”, as mentioned here: http://www.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&nbid=2421, yet many of us have seen CCP promise many grand, even outlandish, things. Rarely have they lived up to the hype, and sadly, many of them never materialized at all.. pushed aside for the latest “shiny”.. that also gets pushed aside for the “shiny” after that. Eve is riddled with incomplete projects that took longer and behaved differently than intended. And as each day passes, I lose faith that CCP can bring about the necessary change to the game.. a game I have spent the last four years playing, enjoying, and experiencing.
So, I think it’s my turn to give a prediction. I predict that if CCP cannot apply an effective Flying in Space expansion and update to Eve Online by December 20th, then Eve Online will cease its ability to gain new players to replace the ones it will hemorage. The expansion can’t just be released on the 20th.. it needs to have been applied before that, with everyone getting a chance to really soak in the changes.
The simple fact is that Eve Online, while being a niche game, derives most of its players from people who enjoy the Sci-Fi genre. Many of which growing up on Star Wars, envisioning themselves as Bounty Hunters, or Rebels, or Pirates, etc. And on December 20th, the most antipated Sci-Fi MMO of all time will be released: “Star Wars: The Old Republic”.
The clock is ticking CCP.