We have an update about a testing window Singularity to share with you all today. As part of the upcoming Havoc expansion, a new mechanic is going to be added to the existing Factional Warfare zones, “Pirate Insurgencies” and we’d like your help with testing it out!
When is the test running?
- Singularity will be opening for testing on Thursday 19th October at 18:00 UTC and closing again at 20:00 UTC.
What will be included in this patch?
- We will be patching Singularity with several parts of the Havoc expansion (not the whole thing!) and won’t be fully representative of the entire expansion. The primary focus of this test is the Pirate Insurgencies. Some additional features are also included but may not be considered final or a part of this test.
What exactly is being tested?
- Enlisting with the pirate factions. Docking in one of the Angel stations to enlist there, or Guristas station to enlist there. You can type /moveme and select either H-PA29 (Guristas) or G-0Q86 (Angel)
- There is a minimum standing required to enlist. You can type /booststandings to be boosted to +10.0 standing.
Insurgencies - primarily corruption and suppression-related content.
- Those enlisting (or already enlisted) with existing Factional Warfare factions should be able to help with suppression-based activities.
- Those enlisting with the pirate faction should be able to help with corruption-based activities.
- The amount of suppression/corruption has been significantly increased to accelerate the timeline of these mechanics.
Known limitations for this test:
- Anyone currently enrolled in Factional Warfare will not be able to retire and join the Angel Cartel or Guristas due to the 20-hour cooldown between switching. Players currently enlisted with these Faction warfare militias are recommended to represent their factions still in the Warzone.
How to connect to Singularity for this test:
- Ensure that the launcher is patched to the latest version (important for Mac)
- Change the server from Tranquility to Singularity in the bottom right corner of the launcher and log in as normal.
- More detailed instructions are available here.
- If you are having issues logging via the new or existing launcher, removing your account and performing a fresh login should resolve the issue.
(Please note, images here may not also represent what is seen in the final build, they are indicative of the process)
Enlisting with a pirate faction:
You can join up with one of the pirate factions via a new option in the Neocom.
Under Activities → “Factional Warfare Enlistment”
Select if you want to align with the Pirates or the Empire factions. For this example, we’ll select pirates.
From here you can click “Angel Cartel” and “Guristas”
Once you’ve selected a faction, if you aren’t in a location suitable for enlisting, you will be advised where your closest station is by mousing over “Initiate enlistment”:
Once you’re enlisted, you can move across to the Warzones.
To find an active insurgency – open the Neocom, under Activities you’ll find an “Insurgencies” option.
Opening the “Insurgencies” window will show you locations with active insurgencies for the Angel Cartel and Guristas pirates. (You can change the focus at the top of the window)
Head to one of the systems with an insurgency in. You can find the location of the pirate FOB on the right of the screen; this is a good starting point:
The systems with an Insurgency will have various Anomalies/Combat sites themed around the faction of that Insurgency. They can currently be found on the right-click menu, or probe scanner window in the system with the Insurgency.
Depending on the Insurgency progress, additional system-wide effects may come into effect depending on the level of corruption and suppression. These can be discovered/tested as they become available.
What ships are recommended?
The pirate sites follow a lot of similar sizing restrictions in their suffix descriptions as Factional Warfare sites:
Large = Battleships and smaller
Medium = Cruisers and smaller
Small = Destroyers and smaller
Scout = Frigates and smaller
Then a number denoting the payout size split/recommended number of people for the site. (Such as -1 or -5)
“Laundering Facilities” or “Anti-Pirate Security post” are item-trader locations and considered “open” sites, there are no acceleration gates here (but there may be npcs!)
“Mining Fleet Ambush” are open locations and will contain npcs as well. These sites will drop items that can be exchanged at the Laundering Facilities.
Anything else I should know?
- Feedback is welcome here on the forum, or over in the official EVE Online Discord in the channel named “Mass-test”
- Singularity has recently been mirrored as well.
- On Singularity you can use the channel “masstesting” for communications.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing about your experiences!