Part of EVE is the desire to get new blood in; but EVE is such a meat-mincer if you take a hit that many won’t like that. They’ll get popped, lose 100m isk, and not have the ISK to replace it. Then they’ll see PLEX and… Walk away saying ‘pay to win’. It’s the nature of the WoW generation that they expect a game to be easy.
Let’s face it, a lot of kids today use the excuse ‘pay to win’ to try to play for free too. And playing for free will put a firm out of business.
In SWOTR you can’t just gank someone. You have to ask their permission first.
For most EVE pilots this is laughable, but… Some want it. They hate PvP, & want the option to switch it off ( opt out ).
For many of us this is laughable, but revenues are revenues; so…
2 servers. 1 runs EVE as we know it. The second runs the same EVE universe, but with slightly different settings.
As in server 2 has:
- Auto-decline Duel toggle.
- Much higher Concord spawn rate ( making PvP in High Sec damn near impossible unless a duel is accepted ). High Sec becomes insanely-high sec.
Et voila, difficulty levels. So you choose where you want to start your toon. Hard or easy.
If you want to jump server then, well, that is where it gets REALLY scifi. Dimension jumps.
When it comes to dimension theory there is science claiming that we live next door to other dimensions that are damn near identical, but slightly different. And because EVE is about high end science you could say that it is now possible to jump dimension.
When jumping dimension you take your skills and implants and… A special device. That device allows you to take 1B ISK with you ( but no more ), and some PLEX ( maybe 1000 limit ).
So this is a pod ( and only a pod, no storage ), that jumps from dimension to dimension, between hard & easy, and can only take 1B ISK & a few PLEX with it.
Everyone then gets 1 free jump.
And the whining players who want to fly a farming simulator all jump to ‘easy’.
Oh, and any extra jumps you want are paid for using PLEX. So the PLEX market on each server ( in each dimension ) will still tick over.
Server 1 is EVE-of-now. Server 2 is EVE with stupidly-high security ( so it’s much less ganky ). And players can move between the 2.
The important bit is that all the sytems & stations remain in the same place. Niarja is still Niarja, and Jita is still where Jita should be; but it’s all a bit fluffier & easier than on the ‘easy’ server.
Multiple dimensions, like in Star Trek with how they jump to the ‘alternate nastier’ dimension on occasion. But EVE is already in the ‘rough patch’, so this is about making it possible for players to jump to safer patches to play in.
And then CCP does not lose the revenue from the Farming Simulator toons. And they quit bitching on comms too
Also… Broadcast For Reps stuff.
I have Mental Health problems. If my stuff is flaring ( relapses happen etc ) then being able to move a toon to an easier ‘system’ would help me whilst I wait for myself to stabilise. I can still play, but at a lower stress level ( stress triggers mental health relapses ).
So if life is getting a bit rough I just jump to the easy server for a bit.
Then come back afterwards.
As for the 1B isk limit it’s so that a messy wormhole eviction, costing the player everything, doesn’t wipe them out. They can buy the amount of PLEX needed, jump to easy, and be away from everything that popped them whilst they rebuild. And once they have 1B isk up their sleeve from some really easy sites or PvE content they can then come back.
It would also mean two markets. So the saturation in EVE-of-now for Industry could be beaten; as the ‘farmers’ jump to EVE-lite ( server 2, the easier one to play on ), and get into Industry there.
I don’t like the idea of switching off main EVE, as people have spent ages building this; but the WoW generation are real, and need a patch they can do their thing in without ruining the game for us PvP’ers. I think being able to jump dimension between ‘hard’ & ‘easy’ would fix a lot.
This is related to teh debate on EVE 2 here: EVE 2: The petition