I’ve just created a new character and got excited to do the new player experience again, get a nice boost to getting that character on the proverbial road and I ran into the abomination of the “Combat Career Path”. Now lets be honest here for a minute… is this a joke? Is this actually replacing the beautifully told story you had as a tutorial that took you through quite an immersive tale, taught you more about the game than any previous EVE tutorial I have ever played and then rewarded you with exciting and useful rewards that would give you a fighting chance in the endless, cruel abyss of New Eden?
Not only is the “Career Path” in question a complete waste of time, it is also exceptionally tedious, doesn’t educate the player in the slightest and gives rubbish rewards. Hell at the end NOTHING happens. There is no climax, there isn’t even a suggestion to go and do the actual career paths which, while dated and a little tedious themselves, at least provide useful training and tools to find your place in EVE.
I sincerely hope that this isn’t the new player experience that we will end up with. As a returning player of 3-4 years hiatus I can tell you that coming back and playing through that initial story line got me excited and wanting to play EVE again. Not only that but it encouraged me to have fun in EVE. It teased me with what I could achieve, it showed me a world that wasn’t empty and merely filled with goons and code gankers and made me want to actually play EVE for the fun and rp value, not to play to make the most isk/hour so that I can… brag about it…?
I don’t know… I feel thoroughly disappointed by that tutorial and feel sorry for the new players coming in that have to experience that rubbish. I cannot see how they would feel invited to stay and play EVE, a game that is notoriously difficult to get into to begin with.