I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. James 315 is all-knowing and we should all look to him for guidance in our lives.
In 2013 we’d just seen the barge buff, -yet another in a long line of nerfs to Highsec aggression- and the Savior of Highsec wrote an article for themittani.com that predicted the future (accurately, as always).
Though it served it’s purpose as a dire forewarning about a creeping safe Highsec, the main goal of this article seemed to be persuasion.
He wasn’t trying to persuade carebears that a safe highsec would be bad, no, he knew they were as hopeless then as they are now. He was trying to persuade the PVPers and PVP advocates -the people who actually liked EVE for what it was- that a safe highsec was even conceivably possible, so outlandish was this idea in 2013.
The very idea that EVE may one day turn it’s back on the open-world PVP that has defined it since launch was laughably ridiculous, an eye-roll, to so many of us.
Alas, the accuracy of the Savior’s predictions is also his curse.
" I’m used to hearing skeptics criticize me for thinking “the sky is falling” just because highsec has been headed toward carebear land. They agree that CCP is driven by the profit motive. But they some think that the profit motive will prevent CCP from removing aggression from highsec. In their view, CCP recognizes that EVE is a niche game with a unique playerbase. Turning EVE into a theme park MMO would be financial suicide, so CCP wouldn’t be tempted.
My own view is that CCP believes they can have their cake and eat it, too. That is, they can have a perfectly safe highsec in which they cater to the teeming masses of MMO carebears, and they can have a unique, dangerous game in lowsec/nullsec. I think CCP intends to use the “sandbox” aspect of the game for marketing purposes, while also accommodating carebears in highsec. They can use the lure of news articles about fantastic emergent gameplay to boost EVE’s profile, and then give the new customers what they really want: absolute safety."
What do you guys think? Are we on the road the nerfdom? Inevitably headed toward a safe Highsec?
Do you think Pearl Abyss executives will save Highsec dwellers from gankers, wardecs and all other perpetrators of fun from inflicting emergence upon them?
After learning just what kind of game they’ve purchased, will PA pave over this cess-pool and put up a nice shiney themepark with rubber bumpers on all the sharp corners?
Will they simply roll ganker alts and join CODE.?
I don’t know, but I know the Savior of Highsec will see us through it.
Go with the Code.