Player Background (first post, never used forums when eve was subscription only)
Returned to eve after unsubing many years ago. Played mostly mimitar. Never got into the PvP content nor went into null sec. Got only so far as the destroyer, thrasher in ships. Planetary interactions were not in the game and CCP was its own company.
I cannot honestly remember why I left eve online, maybe because I didn’t have the time to afford the subscription service? I was also playing more planetside 1, prior BFRs patch.
First and foremost, PvP in EVE online is unique compared to a lot of MMO;s out on the market. It is an important part of the EVE gameplay and history. It should never leave EVE and if more people want PvE only content another server should be hosted by CCP. It is not a good idea to take enjoyment people have from PvP because I am, or other people are a focus PvE playstyle.
It is very important to me that everyone reading the post keep this context in mind. Again, It is not a good idea to take enjoyment people have from PvP (or any content people are enjoying) because I am, or other people are a focus PvE playstyle.
An example of why a PvE player might leave EVE early…
So I buy a battlecruiser that is 200+ Mill ISK. Their is not a lot of them around, so the PvP players in a corp, rightfully so, could camp the jumpgate to track and destroy the cruiser. They could also ransom the pilot for the cruiser. They would get good salvage for this in the process too. This is a valid gameplay mechanic and it is right in eve. This also though make the PvE player not want to return to eve because suddenly they lost their rare BC (battlecruiser) to other pilots and the larger corp or fleet. The common response would be, “Join a Corp”, but that does not help everyone working 2 jobs in the real world or working most of their time. Most people that have a busy life, with work and other real life responsibilities don’t have time to be part of a large corp. The BC object lost can be replaced by another object of the same value.
This again is fine in EVE, but if EVE wants to keep PvE centric players in the game, it needs to have a different server that is only PvE. This prevents situations like the one mentioned above from happening, as long as the player knows what PvE hostiles are in the area. If it were me, and they told me each server cost $10 USD, I would just pay for the PvE server access and be fine, as long as my PvP characters were transferred over. IF anyone wants to keep playing the PvP server put it at the same Price $10. Then they could do a combo deal for $18 for both PvP and PvE server access.
This post if not to say PvP is better than PvE or PvE is better than PvP. It is only mean’t to illustrate a point in EVE, a mechanic that PvE player will end up leaving because of it. PvP pilots belong in EVE with its long history of PvP, just make a different server for people that are PvE focused. Instead of balancing the game for PvE and PvP, it could be specialized for both (per server), which is a Win, Win for everyone, PvP pilots and PvE pilots.
Thank you for reading…