Simple… go to eveoffline.net and look at the numbers. Numbers don’t lie. Eve isn’t dying. Eve isn’t growing. It’s in a consistent state of stale. Why? I believe it’s because the dev’s aren’t looking outside of the game at how the gaming industry, in general, finds success.
I could not care less about anyone else’s opinion… do your best…
If I pay $20 a month and ALL progress I have made in the form of collateral can be wiped at any given time in the name of some legendary name like James, or some whale that can gank at will, why would I keep paying you to go backwards? Oh right! It’s part of the game… risk vs. reward your loyal 15k base says… ok… that’s why you’re not growing… keep listening to those 15k and stay right where you are.
I do not play the game like you. You do not play the game like X/Y/Z. YOUR idea of how the game should be played is meaningless because there are 8 billion people on this planet and you aren’t that important. If I want to play a space game that has neutral regions that aren’t PvP focused… then I should… if EvE wants to grow… create opportunities for more gamers that look for more than just pew pew at others.
You could easily create an option, just like with Alpha / Omega that includes Subscribers. Not PLEX’d accounts, but full on subscribers that PAY you to play the game, not just harvest, sell, plex, and never pay anything for the resources they are using on your server. If you had a subscriber level, you could compliment those accounts with cargo / ship recovery on death… If I am paying you to play this game, then let me keep my ships when I get blown up, unless I actively set my safety to red and engage willfully into pvp… It is possible. Again, I don’t care about peoples thoughts on this… this is looking at the future.
There are options other than pretty graphics… people are looking for this kind of game… but not this current community.
Again… I do not care about the hate that I get…i