“EVE Online is a unique piece of science fiction that is ‘participatory’.”- CCP Seagull, December 2012
EVE Online is heading into its Second Decade with renewed vigour and a new development strategy. At the CSM Summit in December, Executive Producer CCP Unifex and Development Director CCP Seagull explained how future development and expansions will be broader in scope than recent “collections of features” stating that CCP “want to create something more inspirational, that players aspire to play.”
With the return of Live Events such as the Battle for Caldari Prime, clearly the prime fiction of EVE is back in favour as part of this new thematic approach to expansions. However, EVE’s story is very much a tale of two playstyles, with an entirely player-driven narrative unfolding daily in parallel to the reinvigorated backstory. Often, they do not mix well. How can these two disparate elements be united or at least comfortably co-exist in a single sandbox universe?
Which was ALL about what we are discussing right now.
I got that interview because of this post.
In that post I show that both can exist, and even support each other. But you gotta drop the old playbook.
What is the “old playbook” you may ask? It’s the book where the following things happen:
- The event starts in one location
- Everybody is invited
- The ending is pre-determined
The is Eve. There is every reason to up the game, to trash the old playbook in such a way that game like WoW or Lotro will NEVER be able to compare or compete.
The old playbook doesn’t work here because, as I mentioned before:
- In other games, it takes a few minutes to go from where you are to the event site, then a few minutes to get back again. In Eve, that’s just not reasonable.
- In other games, what you are in is good enough. That again doesn’t work for Eve Online, because ships have different roles and a big battleship isn’t the best ship for everything.
- In other games, what you are currently doing isn’t so important you can’t step away from it. In Eve, that is certainly not the case.
To see what the playbook could really be, check out my original post.