I think overall, a big yes. The game is SO much better than it was (and I’m not a day one person either at all) in pretty much all of the technical aspects. I think most would be hard pressed to say that they would rather go back in time to an older version of EVE.
BUT, a lot of damage has been done to the soul of EVE and that is the big issue, not the game itself. CCP was supposed to guard the soul but lost focus and let that slip from its control.
I voted “no”, because it hasn’t.
Power creep, ever bigger numbers. Old Eve was simpler, and in some cases, simple is best.
Of course, proper content like incursions, invasions, abyssals, wormholes and the like are fine. The whole exploration complex added to the game, but it also took away focus, and older systems were never replaced by a modern version… it all was left in as-is, which makes the game show it’s age.
Personally I think Eve is on it’s way out. It might go on for another 10 years, with a bunch of whales keeping it afloat, but the good times are definitely over.
2007 - 2008 When I started, it was clunky and raw and still had the old graphic’s but it was mysterious and fun. 10/10
2009 - 2013 When I first experienced null sec, it was amazing, there was constant fighting everywhere in sub capitals and it was just a great time in general. 10/10
2014 - 2015 I think this is when ABC came out and everyone was flying them it was the days where frigates and ABC’s ruled the skies amazing time. If you wanted a fight you flew to brave staging and within 30 minutes you are fighting and having a blast. 10/10
2016 - 2018 + Pre Blackout 2019 Things went down hill fast people stopped playing the game for fun and it became about empire building and building as much capital power as possible, if you loose a ship in a big alliance you where frowned upon forcing people to avoid fights where they didn’t 100% win and things where constantly getting safer with fewer and fewer pvp and more and more pve. The Dark Ages where roams would go for 5-6 hours with no one to fight and everyone docking when you entered system. 5/10
Post Black out 2019 Eve is heading in the right direction again people are coming out in the droves to come fight, the supers and titans that cyno in can @#$@ off but the sup cap fights are exciting again. 8/10.
I voted yes only because of blackout and the direction eve seems to be turning in.
I haven’t enjoyed my experience in Eve generally - but that’s because my gameplay style is high-sec carebear and i’m anti everything else basically… So CCP can’t be blamed for that.
But what I can say I have seen is them trying to cater towards newer players/provide more content by way of Abyssal deadspace rooms, Triglavians and stuff like that…also the new interface of the The Agency (although I don’t believe it improves the game at all, and is slightly more complicated to use than the older version)…
So i’m not sure what to vote… I think for the reasons above - that they are trying to make things interesting for newer players: bring diversity etc, I should vote Yes?
I’ve only played for the last 4 years or so, so cannot vote on anything that came before.
While I left after some things, like watchlists, was removed. A lot of things happened that curbed my naughtiness in EVE and I did not like that at all. I tried coming back but after selling my char restarting from 0 SP was not an option. It was only after the whole SP Injection thing did I connect back to EVE and adapted my gameplay.
Do I miss my old gameplay, of course, have I adapted… hell yes. The fact is, every change CCP implements I will adapt and use it to my advantage as best I could.
So you can vote no and be miserable playing EVE. Or you can vote yes because you are having fun taking advantage of changes taking place.
The question is complex and that’s why my answer might not actually fit expectations. For example using cars as a substitute: Is the new Honda Civic better than the Civic from 1982? You bet it is in every metric. Is the new Civic a good car? Meh…
Eve has always been way ahead of the curve in almost every metric and has always been improving. Great! But when the time-frame gets smaller, the answer starts to change. Also the changes in the gaming world/MMOs have also been astounding and that also colours the answers…