Abandoning RW is a disappointing decision. RW is a good concept that allows independent small corporations to have fun collaborative activities. The game can give RW players ‘soulbound’ rewards which cannot be traded. Players can still have the fun of getting useful equippable items instead of farming undesirable ‘money-making’ items. Getting good virtual weapon/equipment is a very good reason to play the game in all MMOs.
Null sec shouldn’t be fear of losing active players to high sec. Retaining more new players in high sec will benefit all players in the game irrespective of their play styles. CCP is very committed to improve null sec. game environment. The coming Upwell 2.0 updates are good changes that CCP makes according to player’s criticism and suggestion. CCP will definitely continue to make sov. gameplay the core game contents of EVE. It is not good for the game to suppress group-play outside null sec. With an increasing player population in various areas, some hardcore players will eventually find their ways to null sec.