So the answer to ‘when was the last time solo HS got some dev time?’ is the Jove Observatories… which we know was an event that happened across all of EVE, not just HS, and the other short-term events like Purity of the Throne, the Agency, etc, where the response has been ‘uhm, ok, that was underwhelming’… and which were also active in all of k-space? (Except Purity, which was still high and low). And before that… with 2 major expansions a year, mind… seven years ago? So it’s been roughly half the life of the game?
And you’re saying that’s totally fair? Really? I mean, dude, I’m obviously more concerned with things in null than in high, but keeping every part of the ecosystem working does actually matter, you know?
Some of them want more missions. Some of them want more missions that aren’t necessarily ‘Lets make this totally something incredibly hard that by the way, you should group up with a buddy to do these’, which is the case with burners. They just want new missions, so they’re not watching the same damned episodes of Futurama again when they go out missioning. Procedural mission generation can’t be that insane a goal, even in EVE. It’s literally ‘here’s the random encounter tables for this part of space’ with like 3-5 additional layers of recursion to make it more complex.
Some of them want more interesting missions, maybe more storyline chains. Some even want to feel like their missions matter, just a little bit, to the setting. And really, I don’t think that’s at all unreasonable, but I don’t expect that to happen. If that happened, then jeez, we might have to address the fact that we’ve killed over 200,000,000 Blood Raider ships in Delve in the last 12 months, and many times more than that among the Guristas in the years we were up in Deklein et al. Exactly how many lives will the pirates throw away without killing a single ship? You really have to wonder, at some point, you know?
Mostly, though? They want to feel like they’re not being told ‘Jesus H. Christ, we gave you something seven years ago, and you got some of what everyone got last year. Why isn’t that enough for you people?!?’. They want to be treated like they’re paying customers, too.