I am not one of those people thinking Eve is dying. I have been around long enough to see the small numbers online (5k online was a record) to almost 60k online.
Software, regardless of how fast things seem to change, has long term sticking power. I can name dozens if not more that have been around 20,30+ years that I use for my RL work. It’s more unusual for games, but here we almost two decades latter and Eve is still here.
Eve has survived the test of time. Is it in decline? I can link to several posts talking about that but I would say it’s just returning to its roots – niche game for niche players.
But, it might be worth for CCP, in the coming future (no time frame) to do what Blizzard just did with re-releasing Vanilla WOW. Many of my friends, having not played for years, are taking the week off and returning. They will probably play for a while or the truth about nostalgia will kick and they find out it really is not that much fun. We’ll see.
So, is it worth re-booting Eve. Whatever that means?
I think the fear and it might be real is that many players would leave and not come back.
At the same time a fresh universe can allow CCP to apply lessons learned and spark Eve again.