I genuinely hope your right, but I’m not convinced at the moment. There is a huge band of casual people who this is going to effected massively. These are the people that sub their Accts and love to play Eve, but have RL to contend with. They are not going to go back to flying T1 ships and if CCPs plan is for them to plex to make up this shortfall, then I think they are wrong and they will go and do something else rather than spend more. This means less people in space and people who are more risk averse.
Eve’s PVE other than Abyssal isnt particularly engaging. Making us do more of it is pretty painful. The thrill of this game for me is being on an oppressive defense grid, in a ship that actually has a chance of surviving and getting a few kills etc. I have also seen you guys consistently punch above your weight in CAPS etc, which is going to be expensive from this point forward.
I genuinely don’t understand why CCP continues to make changes to oppress a play style that takes skill in favor of anchoring and pushing F1. High skill for 1 person, low skill for all the others and arguably you are just ganking each other in some WW1 attritional fashion. I suppose though this is just a continuation of them cancelling events such as the Alliance Tournament etc. More and more mechanics are pushing us to join bigger and bigger groups, which in my view is a bad thing. it’s very easy to become lost and be one of those guys that just logs in for a ping.
I don’t know what the answer is and wish you luck in trying to help CCP find it. I don’t subscribe to the view that eve is for the bittervets, but a serious increase in ship hull costs is just going to extend the gulf between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. Ps you already had my vote, but thankyou for the response above.