At this point, I feel like being angry is just the bare minimum.
The way Pearl Abyss is transforming the game into forcing CCP to go hard on the micro-transaction route is just disheartening. Not only the value of these things isn’t there, at all, but the idea that a flow of items are just being pushed into the game out of thin air, again, is just another slap in the face of one of the most fundamental building blocks of EVE: what you fly is built by someone in-game.
What is next? Mission running fitted Battleships? That Golem for £8.99 to go with your skill book? Maybe a carrier to fight in that big battle our server isn’t going to be able to actually sustain?
We’re past the concept of slippery slope here. We’re just straight up banging on the doors of Star Citizen level of ripping off your playerbase. It’s no surprise this stuff is announced every other day, while we’re still waiting on that promised “end of scarcity” or “resource rebalance final pass”… it’s like your entire developer time is now going and being driven by marketing without any consideration for anything else.
I know the ship sailed long ago about the paying real money for stuff, with PLEX and Skill Points being sold abundantly, but the fact the core of these (absurdly priced) packs is actual FITTED ships that simply will spawn in stations all over out of thin air is depressing. Not like the current state of resources makes producing any T1 ship worth it, but with moves like this you’re simply blasting the industrial core of the game to smithereens.
It’s a sad day for the game. One of which we’ve seen many in recent years, but one that piles up even higher towards you crippling this wonderful game towards the point of no return.