I’ve been gone from EVE Online long enough that I haven’t the least idea what I was working on back then; to the best of my recollection I left just before the Captain’s Quarters launched. When I logged back in yesterday I found myself in my old haunt of Rens, though, which is familiar territory.
I’m probably in the minority on this, but it’s my opinion that the whole “Walking in Stations” business is essential for the continued growth of EVE; that CCP has kept adding new dimensions to the game is one reason it’s continued to thrive, and this is an inevitable step. The feature as it exists today is, alas, just a novelty. Further work on it appears to be taking a back seat for now, though.
This is good in the sense that CCP is re-focusing on the space game, but bad in the sense of opening up this important avenue of play; the additional gameplay that Dust 514 will bring to the table could be another if it weren’t for the seemingly ill-considered decision to make the title a PS3 exclusive. Availablity on the PC platform might have brought players of the shooters that thrive on that platform into the EVE community and possibly, in time, into EVE itself by crossing over the two titles. Confining Dust to the console shooter ghetto puts a roadblock in the way of that.
In any event, though, I picked up in the general neighborhood of where I left off with jetcan mining in a crusier, in a nice out of the way 0.6 system. I’d worked my way up to Mining Barges at one point, but that was with another character on a different account that I’m not about to reactivate. So if I want to go that route I’ll need to work up to it again.
But that’s an if. As much as I love EVE for not forgetting what an MMORPG is supposed to be, it’s had a lot of trouble retaining me. I blame my own lack of patience for this; it’s not as though I’ve ever lacked for in-game goals, and my character has the skills and the ship needed to tackle level 3 missions if I so desire, and those can bring in quite a lot of ISK. I’d think more than I would doing jetcan mining, which for me pulls down about 1-2 million ISK an hour.
EVE’s going to have to work hard to convince me to stay given my current schedule, lack of free cash and the large number of free to play titles that may be individually less interesting in the long term… but there’s so very many of them. I do plan to come back to stay eventually, but now’s not the best time to do it. Plus we have Star Trek Online going f2p any week now, Guild Wars 2 probably some time next year and the non-massive Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim, the latter only a few weeks off.
Still, I plan to enjoy myself while I’m visiting New Eden.