Title pretty much says it all. Right now you have the tutorial, the career agents and the “Blood-Stained Stars” mission arc for SOE… then the “story” for eve kind of ends and you’re put in the sandbox.
While there are other things like COSMOS missions or the epic arcs that you can do at 5.0 standing… there’s kind of a big gap between the end of the SOE arc and those.
I know the goal is to get players into the sandbox… and I support that. But players coming from other MMO’s are used to having a long line of “story based” missions as they level up to cap before they do “endgame” content. That gets them comfortable with the mechanics of the game and the “lore” of the world the game is set in.
Eve frankly sucks at this.
So, the suggestion is to add a large number of epic arcs… like 50 or so. Have them span a large number of factions and required ships (from frigs to BS and covert ops to freighters). Have them require certain skills from scanning to mining to fighting fleets of small opponents to single large enemies. But most importantly… have them contain an interesting STORY. Possibly with voice acting but at least more connected mission text.
This will (hopefully) cause new players to hang around longer and build some sort of connection to the game (and their characters) as well as give them more time to be exposed to the sandbox that Eve really is.
And frankly it’s low hanging fruit. It’s not a new game mechanic. It’s just more of what already exists.