This is a serious question and not an attempt at trolling. My sub runs out this week and I’m asking myself this question. This is also not a “I quit EVE”-post since there are other ways to get Omega time. This is simply a story about what I think about the game and the question if EVE is still worth that I pay the monthly fee out of my own pocket.
This will be a wall of text, sorry for that.
I played this game for 10 years and I really feel connected to it. It is that one game I dreamed of back in the day when I played Privateer and imagined how awesome it would be if something like this was possible to play with other people around the world.
I love the freedom this game gives me and the awesome stories that emerge, and if you know me from the forums you know that I’m very passionate about this game and love the harsh reality of New Eden and the unique game-play EVE offers.
Yet something is wrong now…
To find out what I think is wrong, let us take a quick trip trough history:
I started out with 1 account and for a very long time that’s all I had. EVE was a wreck back then and lowsec fights with under 100 people completely desynced the game and made every fight impossible to enjoy. Yet I was fine with that, because I believed in the potential of EVE. CCP had big plans, they where mostly big talk and no delivery, but it was clear that they were enthusiastic about the game and dreamed big. The game had a future. Things where good.
And surely enough there came the wormholes, and it fixed the problem with the fights for me because there used to be only small fights. We explored them, we discovered how they work and we settled in those systems and enjoyed the changeing content. Things where good in the game and EVE was a lot of fun.
Then came the summer of rage. Big parts of the game where a wreck and CCP rather explored macro-transactions and space barbie than fixing essential parts of the actual game. We were all still passionate about EVE and showed them how wrong they are, and they turned around and fixed the game. The game actually became playable and with time even big battles got possible with tidi and more and more fixes. Things where getting better
At that time, after years of meditation and training in those wormholes I finally entered the endgame and joined the New Order of Highsec to gank miners. CCP continued to polish EVE, things where better than ever before. They removed learning skills and as a reaction I subscribed two new accounts. The game was in such good shape and it felt like CCP cares and still dreams about expanding the EVE universe. I valued the game and CCPs work and the money for 3 subscriptions out of my own pocket was well worth it. Things where better than ever before.
Then CCP even accelerated their development. Big plans where dreamed about once again, one universe, one war, player built stargates, new space and stuff to explore and do. Instead of two expansions we now had multiple expansions over the years as new features and improvements poured in to enhance our beloved game. Things reached ecstatic levels of over 9000!
And then it changed…
Suddenly out of nowhere came the Extractors. No one had asked for it. No one had any idea about it until CCP presented them completely implemented and ready to roll-out. The first addition of non-vanity items to the macro-transaction shop which they had promised would never be a thing in EVE. SP became a commodity over night. I hated it, I hate it to this day. It severely devalued EVE for me, it was a feature with the sole purpose of leeching more money out of players without adding anything to the game. It destroyed immersion. But it also gave me the option to trade my SP for game time. So I unsubscribed two of the accounts, created even a new one and PLEXed them from now on by selling the extracted SP. I keeped one subscription just because I felt that there is still some value left and I was ok with price tag for one sub. There was still a lot going on, tiericide was a big thing, constant re-balance and the new stations where just on the horizon to eventually bring us to that promised new space. Things started to dim a bit, but it was not the end of the world.
Then came the alphas, and I did not care. More importantly it became apparent, that somehow, over the last year (2016), development had stalled. It was exactly one year ago from now when I was asking on the forums why 2016 was the year with the least devblogs, why updates.eveonline.com was basically empty. So CCP Falcon came to the forums and ensured us that all was fine, and that they had big plans and could not wait to reveal awesome news at the upcoming Fanfest. I resubed that one account for another year, after all why should Falcon lie. However… things started to look suspicious.
And then there was nothing new at Fanfest except the refinery and some PvE stuff no one cares about. And some vague talk about an “Big Empire expansion”. And then nothing happened in summer. For 14 years there where always at least two expansions, and now there suddenly aren’t. CCP never announced why, they just ignored everyone asking as if everything was absolutely fine and nothing out of the ordinary. Things started to look seriously abandoned.
And then the “Big Empire Expansion” came with the refineries where the main feature is basically useless in Empire space and some other PvE stuff no one cares about. And yeah, SP are now sold directly form the cash shop. Things started to look more like an active store-front in an otherwise abandoned game.
And now I’m here, once again, looking at updates.eveonline.com and notice that it is barren.
It has some re-balancing stuff which I don’t even know if it’s already deployed, that’s how much I care about it and how much CCP cares about updating the site. And the only other upcoming thing in the future is the transformation of the outposts.
It’s as if the whole vision vanished over the last two years. Those big dreams you had about a virtual universe, a living breathing work of science fiction, the hearth of EVE, gone, and at it’s place they installed a macro-transaction cash-shop where you can purchase SP.
And I have to ask myself, why should I pay 15$ a month again? It’s as if the last value got sucked out of the game already and I can’t justify it anymore.
That’s why I wrote this thread, because here and now I ask myself: WHY SHOULD I STILL PAY A SUBSCRIPTION?
I may still play the game if I feel like it. After all I can just suck the SP out of the heads of my chars and get another month for almost free.
And still, after all of this, I still believe there is hope. CCP you still have the chance to turn this around. But I’m not sure if I can trust you. To be honest, I still don’t know if I should pay the sub or drop it, for the first time after 10 years… I honestly don’t want you to answer this post, but read it, understand it and then go and revive that old spirit you once had to dream big and share your vision of this great game we all love and feel connected to! I dare you!
And now dear reader, some things to consider before you write an answer:
- This is not about PLEX and I don’t care that someone else pays for my sub. I just really don’t care.
- If CCP just closes or moves the thread that will most definitely answer the question
Link to my answer: Why should I renew my subscription?
Ok, thanks for answering my question @CCP_Falcon by closing the thread. I revert my previous decision and will not sub again.