So what does Eve need to get back on track to get some new players and bring back some old players. What addition could CCP add that would within the framework and fiction of the game that could breath a sense of adventure and life into the game?
I think the answer Lies in the Jove Empire.
From a game mechanic point of view, It would be a new 5th Race that players could choose, however the existing races could not cross train ships like they already do with all the other races. There would be no skills that would translate into Jove Technology.
So any new alts / new players / new accounts would be starting from the begining / Jove Classes maybe the same Frigate sized/ Destroyer sized/ Cruiser Size/ etc. However their Biology and Technology has veered so far away from anything else they could not be usuable with existing races.
Now the space exists already within the game. Some modifications would have to be made to it however we as players dont use that space currently anyway. Jove Empire space would stay where it is at, on the other side of nullsec, secondly, it would have a high sec region for begining new jove players. It doesnt have to be more than a few constellations. Weapon/System development would be slightly different also I would think that Jove technology could be “Hotwired” into existing Eve Technology through use of skills and revers engineering like sleeper tech. However It would be one shots that could temporarily mod one unit that once activated would be used up like the Capital type dmg control mechanic. This would encourage players to hunt down and salvage Jove ships also. Including the PvE variety and it would create a market for PvE Jove players.
Jove ships in general would have systems that still had ROF/DPS it just would be more along the lines of maybe Plasma Cannons / and Organic Hull Plating.