So, I’ve been playing EVE a long time, and like most, will agree that the best part about the game is the community.
I’ve had several accounts since 2003 (losing some, or starting afresh… whatever). Blah blah blah…
Anyways - NPE. So… new players need community? Why not have a selection on character creation, that allows a new player to join a Player Owned Corporation (POC) instantly… (this may be something that someone has already brought up… I’m not a forum troll).
Would work something like this - POCs in EVE can “volunteer” to be apart of the NPE. Their corporation would be among the list of selectable (not sure why that’s not in the dictionary) POCs a new player could join.
The mechanics would obviously need some thought behind them - and there would obviously be a high-sec presence requirement (wouldn’t want to be dropping newbros into Null… or would we?).
Either way… give the new player the ability to choose their path, right from the start. There also have to be some kind of information about the corporation being selected… etc. etc. Likely even a limit on the number (too many choices is not always a good thing). Or maybe even tie it to Race… where volunteering POCs can choose to “represent a particular race”. This would allow you to have more corporations, spanning a wider selection. Want to join Goons immediately, you have to roll Amarr (just a thought…).
The ability to start within an NPC corp will still be there, but imagine… seeing a video of Brave, or Goons, or PHorde and joining the game, to be instantly slotted into the ranks of that corporation / alliance. Then, let the players take if from there - as was intended.
Just some thoughts… that I think would be at least… neat. I’ll let the people who actually develop the game determine if that’s something that is even a good idea, or achievable.
-Edit: Also a thought, this could allow the marketing team (What’s left of them… ) to start using Player in-game activities to be the main focus, and allowing the “I’m doing my part” marketing. And allow players to “join-up” and “pick a side”. Could be total backfire… who knows.