All predictions of how behaviour will emerge are valid, so long as people continue to bother.
If you travel around the world, the real world, you will find that there are only a few places where folks can be bothered doing certain things. In those places, you find the products of those things.
The big problem, for my corp, with the new addition to the game play is that it offers a lot more grind and no tangible benefits of any kind. The “new” mechanic is actually exactly the same as the old mining mechanic, albeit with some new graphics and icons. Eve didn’t get more exciting with this release, except for the first time you see a refinery zap a moon. And, as good as that was, the thrill wore off after a few seconds.
We feel we are being asked to do more grind for the same results, in fact probably for worse results. The implicit judgement from the devs is that we have it too easy, that we get too much for our monthly subscriptions. They want more, and they’ve offered some newly named asteroids to mine as the quid pro quo.
The feeling in our corp is that we do not get too much for our money. We don’t agree that the devs at CCP are giving us too much for our money, as things stand.
Eve is an incredibly expensive game, compared to all others. You pay hundreds of dollars to sit in a ship that you may never get to use in combat, except to get ganked and ecm’d by a blob. That is not a complaint, merely a statement of fact. It is hard to think of any game that is nearly so expensive.
I have had experience selling expensive things. In that experience, I have found that you can always ask folks for more, but that folks can afford expensive things do not like being taken for a ride by greedy and simple minded folks.
The direction of Eve is for the staff to treat paying customers as fools. The presentation of the same old mining mechanics as a new experience, and the result of much hard work by the staff, is offensive because it is manifestly ridiculous and insulting to human dignity. The CCP staff are calling us stupid to our faces. They are laughing at us, as they take our money.
We all know that CCP have been busy with Valkyrie, and that very little has been done on the game. In this context, to give us less and ask us to pay more is hard to enjoy.
I’m the last of my industrial corp to stick around, and I doubt I will re-sub. For what? Paying this much money for a mining simulator?