The Great Betrayal
Once the developers of what many would class the finest MMO ever made. A company who dared to be bold, different and innovative.
CCP have chosen – and let’s stress this – have made a concious deliberate decision to screw over their most ardent supporters. CCPs ‘bizdev’ department (a name so laughably ironic that its hard to type) at some stage sat down and thought how to monetize those Apps made by players, for players. Apps and sites like Eve Fitting Tool, EVEMon, EVEFiles, EVETycoon, EVECommander, DOTLAN Maps and many many more. These ‘BizDevs’ thought it would be a good, no GREAT, idea to levy a $99 fee against those players; the vast majority of whom get little to no reward in return.
This act is irrevocably an out right betrayal of EVE’s community.
And yet it doesn’t stop there. Once we were promised that nothing would be injected into EVE Online in the form of Micro Transactions that would compromise the sanctity of competitive play or EVEs player driven market. How quickly that promise was proven to be nothing short of a lie. Now we learn that reskinned ships, whole and functioning, will be available for ‘Aurum’ (CCPs thinly veiled term for a cash payment).
It is by now abundantly clear that CCPs supposed love of EVE is nothing more than a façade. A façade constructed upon marketing spin and smiling front men. Once we had promotional videos of actual in game footage – now even these are tarted up with fancy ‘UI’ graphics that simply don’t exist within the game itself. We have senior developers claiming that players love EVE so much that they choose to run multiple accounts, whilst conveniently forgetting that in order to play many aspects of EVE from capitals to scouts it demands additional accounts.
The next expansion, the much vaunted ‘Incarna’ consists of little more than a single dressing up room and a mirror whilst the real expansion to EVEs Universe carefully placed behind a pay wall of the PS3 and yet more micro transactions.
None of these things should bring much joy to any of us but they sit atop a mountain of broken promises:
CCP promised to iterate upon Faction Warfare. Have they? No.
CCP announced they would revisit Sov Warfare. Have they? No.
CCP claimed they would revamp the bounty system. Have they? No.
CCP declared we would see a new contraband system. Have they? No.
CCP said they would rebalance and fine tune ships like the B Op BS. Have they? No.
PI, for example, was described as a mechanic that would let us rule worlds, command peoples and contest continents: but it is little more than Moon Mining with pipes. RMT and bots run rampant across much of EVE as alliance warfare in null sec stagnates to the point of tedium. Low sec remains as unloved as it did 5 years ago when I started playing.
Perhaps you feel differently and see hope and great things upon the horizon for EVE but I, for one, do not. My account lapses in 67 days time at which point, barring some fundamental shift by CCP, I will be nothing more than a digital echo in New Eden. At the very least I, and my money, will be out of reach of the clawing grasping hands of those ‘BizDevs’.
I will most assuredly leave bitter, angry but most of all disappointed at the lost potential of EVE Online and it’s once great development team. That most blatant attack upon those players who have worked so hard to cover EVEs flaws was the final straw.
Perhaps CCPs CEO Hilmar Pétursson still has the sound of those at FanFest, deluded by marketing spin, shouting ‘F*ck Yeah!’ ringing in his ears. Well here’s a new cry CCP –