WOW I just couldn’t help myself replying to this one…
YES THANK YOU! you just nullified yourself entirely!
Clearly you don’t know the history of EVE. I was in Delve fighting alongside BOB when the events took place so I can tell you from first hand experience.
BOB single handedly held Delve against the combined forces of 80% of EVE. Time after time the goons and other newer player alliances and coalitions tried to overwhelm them with numbers and quantities, attacking from all sides, at all timezones, with 4-10 times bigger numbers.
BOB successfully held their territory in 2 mega wars. It was not only the SP advantage of doing bigger numbers, but a combination of very high SP, very long experience in PVP, an and an endless amount of ISK.
The only way BOB was taken down was when goons gained a director spy in the executor corp and DISBANDED the entire alliance. In one instant BOB lost all sov, a capital fleet, and a huge amount of Isk.
BOB was NEVER defeated militarily no matter how many tens of thousands of newer players with lower SP and less ISK piled on them. They only fell due to a combination of social engineering and crappy alliance/corp mechanics.
Thank you for proving my point once again.
I have yet to hear of a single new player saying: I am against making the game better for new players! I enjoy waiting 45 days for Advanced Spaceship Command V to get a 2% inertia bonus that I’ll never notice. And now I’ll enjoy training another 4 months to get capital skills only to 4.
BItter vets will now reply: You need to spend a year learning the game until you can properly fly a carrier, and I agree. But f it takes a year to learn to fly a few pixels, then that’s not a convincing argument, that’s bad game design!
If CCP’s priority is to make the most complicated/deep game, then go ahead, but the price of that is alienating the majority of gamer market and low subscriber numbers.
If they don’t want to make drastic changes to the game, then go ahead, but the price of that is declining subscriber numbers and losing market share to competitors.
Frankly, the reason I tried EVE a 2nd time is not that I missed the grind and wait, but that I want something to fill the time until SC is playable. Sadly, even in that regard the game is disappointing. 3 years later and it’s still the same game, not much has changed.
From a business point of view, it looks like the game and company are slowly dying. Unless there is a serious change in vision and direction, then subscriber numbers will steadily decline until the company is no longer profitable enough, investors will pull out, and players will log in to see a “sorry, we love this game but we have to shut down”.