Its been noted several times by CCP that the Minmatar supporters haven’t been engaging in the FW Arc.
I want to share with CCP why I feel disengaged from this story and provide suggestions to help.
It begins with Edencom, I was very excited about Edencom and am proud to count myself among the many who fought to save Arshat, and its transmuter from the Triglavians. I did this as part of a pro-Minmatar alliance, EM, but I did so on behalf of all. The collaboration of alliances that flipped the system did so under a banner of uniting to fight off a common foe.
This was both in an out of character our greatest victory of the war, and it was done in character as an act of successful collaboration between enemies.
Now this symbol of our joint victory has become the genesis of our new conflict. The narrative reward for working together successfully is a new narrative about betrayal.
Is it plausible? Yes. But its a fork-in-the-eye for any future effort to engage in the story. If my efforts to effect the outcome simply have the consequence opposite of my efforts why should I apply any effort at all?
What this really leads back to is that there was no pay off for edencom. An Edencom structure was found in the other warzone, but there hasn’t even been an announcement of what Edencom thinks of it being disabled or stormed. Where are the announcements from Edencom NPCs? Where are the reassurances (even if they are lies) from Edencom that technology gained from experiments with the transmuter will be shared with the other empires? Where are those who still want to give peace a chance? Even if a new war must come to satisfy CCP’s plans for New Eden, there is gaping discontinuity here.
At bare minimum I’d like to see some Edencom NPC engagement with the story. This should be doable with fairly light developer time, and would add some welcome flavor to the war! war! war! we’ve heard of late.
What would be more work is some sort of narrative payoff for Edencom that isn’t tainted by betrayal. Do something with the Edencom fortresses. Increase the total number of flashpoints that can be up at once.
I get that you’re telling a new story but its hard to motivate oneself to engage in the new story when the old story ended so poorly.