So, I have just finished watching again the Faction Warfare Roundtable at Fanfest 2022, and I ended up thinking a bit more about one aspect that emphasised by one of the devs: FW spilling over other zones.
To give some context, right now we know CCP is working on a Faction Warfare update and there is currently the start of a discussion in the EVE Online Official Discord about the current problems of the space and the nature of those changes. The conversation there is pretty heated, so I think (despite the pretty toxic nature of this place) the forums might be the best place to discuss this aspect.
Now, FW Spilling-Over Other Zones.
First off, I understand that this might be a way for CCP to introduce Content, and it might also be a way to make that storm in a teacup that @CCP_Aurora talked about being more impactful on the overall universe.
However, for whom are this change exactly?
Do FW players have something to gain being thrown as Content to Null-Sec players? Do High-Sec players have something to gain from seeing their systems stolen? Let’s try to review the positives and the negatives here
1/ FW Spilling to Null-Sec
The Positives here could be that FW would start being involved in the overall picture of the Universe, being forced (or encouraged) to front against what are the most influencial entities in the game right now.
The Negatives could be having the zone be completely taken over and/or inviting the Wolf into the Hen House by making it aware that there is a Hen House.
I do not see a scenario where Faction Warfare Militias invading Null-Sec would result in anything other than a complete stomping. Sure it would be good Content for Null, but would it be for FW when they see all their IHub camped and all their Structures razed?
CCP will have to provide details here, what does the Militias have to gain from this? And if they have something to gain from this what are the ways they think the Militias will have to be able to properly invade Null-sec space?
First thing that come to my mind would be some Empire NPC Fleets, just like the Triglavian Fleets, assisting the Militias? But that could be called unfair by Null Space? Or maybe access to a class of ships that could allow the Militias to fight on equal footing with Null entities (and here I am shamelessly plugging The Dantelion Plan)?
2/ FW Spilling to High-Sec
Here, I guess the goal would be to emulate what happened with the Triglavian Invasion, pretty much something that would upset the pretty conservative Status-Quo of the High-Sec. So the Positives would be adding dynamism to the Universe. And the fight between FW and High-Sec would a lot more interesting than the Null vs. FW.
But then again, the same question that was asked by Capsuleers siding with EDENCOM will be asked here?
What real recourse or compensation will the people who see their systems taken will have?
Again those are concerns that CCP will have to address and provide details about.
The idea might sound sexy, but it seems like yet another one like those Null Storms that were supposed to be a big deal, but are now yet another feature forgotten by CCP (and there I will again shamelessly plug my Stormchasers Ships, again the feature had potential) alongside Resource Wars, and without some explicit details from CCP, looks like something whose sole purpose would be to annoy people rather than provide the novelty of Pochven and the excitement of the Triglavian Invasion.