I’m an old Eve player.
I remember when it took two years of the entire community constantly debating with CCP that Minmatar ships, and projectile weapons in general, were simply not competitive against other weapon systems.
I remember hearing groans every time a new update came out because first, it was guaranteed not to install right and Eve would be down, sometimes for a week. Then more groans has changes made broke other mechanics and CCP didn’t seem to either notice or care.
I remember interceptors and Vagabonds being so fast it would break game mechanics.
I remember being in systems with thousands of players.. totally locked up, and seeing my lossmail long before I could see myself appear in space.
I have seen a lot and have remembered a lot. So, it is with this knowledge that I can say, we’re seeing a new “Big Deal” CCP:
Ship Tiercide – Big Deal because it made every ship useful, which completely upended the typical progression of both pilots and industrialists.
Ice Belts – In an effort to both add some challenge to a boring task, while at the same time taking a swipe at bots, Ice Belts now how to be found first.
Crius – Re-invention of the industrial interface, along with changes to industry in general has opened up the way for new and old players to try their hand at being producers.
New UI/New HUD/New Overview – On-going changes in this area have made operating with the interface much, much easier.
Jump Drive/Jump Fatigue – Changes to Jump Drive Mechanics and addition of Jump Fatigue utterly disrupt the hold of all the major Sov empires.
Removal of Clone Costs/Update Levels – Now, older players aren’t going to be penalized for risking their pods. Plus, opens up the way for old indy characters to maybe branch out into PVP.
All of those listed above are big, huge deals. Changes that have, and will, make the game much more enjoyable, while still retaining the hard risk and challenge. But while these changes are important. There is one change, one critical, vital, Eve revolutionizing change, that I haven’t mentioned.
And its only a few sentences long: