What is the current state of EVE?
I’ve played off and on for 16 years, and I’m returning after about a 3 year hiatus. This isn’t the first time I’ve returned to EVE after a long break. This time, however, things feel much different.
Frankly, the game feels dead. Players seem less likely than ever to take a risk. Any given activity, especially PvP, seems less likely than ever to result in a fun experience for anyone involved. The forums are a ghost town; some boards’ top threads are showing 7 days since last post. Everything is crazy expensive, especially PLEX. There seems to be little reason to actually go PvP, and I’m seeing this reflected in players’ statements and behaviors.
Various sources seem to suggest that EVE’s numbers are consistently declining. Generally speaking, player morale seems quite low, and I’ve yet to see positive sentiments about the direction EVE is heading. Attitudes that CCP cares only about profits are more prevalent than I’ve ever seen, and I haven’t been able to find any substantial reassurance or an acknowledgment from CCP.
Remember the Captain’s Quarters blunder? The negative response from the player base was overwhelming, and CCP renewed its commitment to the core gameplay and audience of EVE. From that debacle came plans and prioritization that restored a lot of faith in CCP and excited players for the future to come. Is CCP still pushing forward with the same vigor, or have they lost all of their steam?
I love this game. It makes me sad to see it in such poor shape. So, I’m asking all of you…
- Does the wider player perception of EVE and its direction match what I’ve outlined above?
- Is EVE dying?
- What can be done to turn it around?
- Does CCP care anymore?
- Has CCP made a statement about or acknowledged EVE’s downward trajectory?
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