Yeah, that’s why PA paid such a hefty price to acquire CCP - they were really buying CCP’s established permissions to access the potentially lucrative Chinese gaming market. Pearl Abyss could make a lot of money tapping into the Chinese smartphone gaming geyser.
This is the beginning of that project and is not unexpected.
The whole paradigm of EvE as a business has changed whether any of us like it or not. PA is calling the shots now. PAccp is not dependent on the current EvE playerbase to keep EvE going long-term and cover CCP’s payroll and stock health.
All of us currently playing EvE could quit, and it won’t prevent PA from possibly making a boatload of Yuan on what is admittedly a fairly clever business gamble. The situation is not similar to diablo immortal.
Personally my plan has not changed since shortly after the buyout of ccp by PA was announced - I plan to keep enjoying eve on pc until the server hamsters are re-homed by the RSPCA. Whether that will be sooner than I had hoped or many years in the future, it’s been a fun ride with hopefully much more to come.
But let’s not be under any delusion that we the playerbase control the fate of EvE anymore. That has changed.