If my friend is heading to Jita and I need a ride, I think it’d be pretty wild if I could log on quick, board her ship (or contract my pod to her), log off, and the next time i login I’ll be sitting in Jita 4-4. If I login while in transit, I’ll simply be enjoying a free ride for a bit.
This idea isn’t new, but I think it warrants a revisit.
Considering the size of these ships we’re flying around, it seems sort of silly to think they wouldn’t have room for multiple capsules.
And how cool would it be to split modules on a ship between passengers? I could take other pilots with me in my ship and delegate certain functions (modules) to them.
Uses for this could include:
Introducing new players to an in-game experience in-game, ie log on and board my ship with me and we’ll go on a roam or do this lvl4 mission together. We’ll only be losing my ship if it goes south. Obviously both pods would be at risk should the ship explode.
Complex roles like capital ships (faxes) and logi piloting could potentially be carried out by two (or three?) separate pilots. Think driver and gunner.
Capsule transport like described above. Not having to be online for the ride would be amazing.
An EVE Online carrier can’t carry multiple pilots to a battlefield. I think this needs to change. Maybe this can be a new role for just the carriers? EVE Online’s first troop transport role. And fleet hangar ships are boardable from inside the ship: a true carrier role.
Allowing a 2nd pilot to board your ship ensures at least one of you can go afk without sacrificing full control of the ship. This could play a role in ongoing, extended fights (TiDi?), operation behind enemy lines with no docking options (or wormholes), etc.
I’m sure there could be many other uses. What about someone simply tagging along as a reporter? Or how about a fleet commander who’s ship just blew up and he needs to hop into another ship quick so he can continue his role? And of course there are many, should we say devious (or nefarious), reasons to board someone’s ship which I probably don’t have to explain. I think this could add a new layer of multiplayer-ness to the game heretofore unseen in the MMORPG realm, correct me if I’m wrong.