@Zuccini_Vaselini CCP doesn’t appear to mind watching their user count drop to laughable levels because “Clearly it’s just the summer Slump” mixed with “COVID freedoms!”.
Been a mostly consistent player since 2003, minus any time I was on military deployments, and sometimes even then. But honestly watching CCP waffle on the “giving folks free Isk to tempt them to go online and resub” reveals just how out of the loop it’s gotten in Iceland.
"Why is no one logging in? Why aren’t ships being thrown away? "
“Oh perhaps its because they cost so much… due to us fooling around too long with Scarcity?”
"Could be… but probably not… Oh well lets just give players raw ISK… so they can afford… I guess almost a Battleship! Maybe… if it’s not faction… That’ll get them to blow things up! Wait what is inflation? I thought everything was balanced because of scarcity?.. "
Watches Numbers drop further
“So we decided best way to fix this is introduce new uses for materials of PI to augment the “Value” of the ships and justify the cost of production of the ships…”
“Oh! And also maybe give people advertisments for PLEX very often… so they know that if you run VISA sites you can afford to play the game!”
Further unsubscribed angry players go elsewhere.
“Well shoot… maybe they aren’t logging in because Maurauders are too strong… clearly they aren’t vulnerable… we should bring them back to the ‘meta’ of being far too expensive to justify flying except if you have a group to back you up…”
“Like the groups of players who aren’t currently logging in?”
“Yeah that’s the… oh wait…”
Trruthfully I unsubbed my accounts last month when I realized they were doing everything in their power to deplete the game of methods to actually PVE. CCP has zero interest in allowing folks who aren’t already swimming in wealth to feasibly maintain their goals and these “heists” will undoubtedly be used to “convince” players to come out and attempt to “prove” this line of thought incorrect.
Except lets be honest those who gain the vault keys will likely be either the existing groups in lowsec, which I don’t mind… but I do mind that they’ve effectively silenced proponents of Fun ways to engage in active PVE in order to fuel the PVP juggernaut.
Is “a free Battleship… kinda” worth of ISK going to destroy the game? No probably not… but it is a slap in the face to all the industrial folks who’ve been working their collective butts off during scarcity to make ships valuable again… and continue feeding the economy with products.
CCP effectively ran me off from this game and I’m absolutely certain they’ve done the same to thousands of other long term veteran players. If I thought shooting at a statue would do anything but boost their logged in numbers…
Summer of Un-subscriptions seems a lot more effective.