CCP has released the latest expansion for EVE Online.
“Just last week the leader of the Amarr Empire, the controversial Empress Jamyl Sarum I, was confirmed assassinated at the hands of the mysterious Drifters following several major standoffs between the Amarr Navy and the powerful wormhole-dwelling forces,” developer CCP said in a statement issued today.
“Players have since held their own vigils and said their remembrances. While the mourning period will last longer, there has been much discussion amongst capsuleers of the newly announced Succession Trials.
Set for a grand finale at EVE Fanfest 2016, the Amarr Championships are part of the Succession Trials. The series of battles will feature players fighting on behalf of the heirs of the royal Amarrian houses to pick the next ruler of the largest of EVE’s major empires.”
In other words, EVE Online‘s many player-run alliances are now at each others’ throats attempting to ensure that their desired candidate ascends to the throne.
Even if you don’t actively play EVE Online, you’ll likely be aware of the many machiavellian schemes that result from its robust player-led economy. CCP is famous for placing the direction of the game in the hands of its players, and the results – often culminating in absolutely mahoosive, server-crippling space battles lasting several days and involving thousands of players – have even reached beyond the specialist press, even being covered by the likes of the BBC.
The new Galatea update adds the following features to the long-running space opera MMO, according to the press release issued today:
- The EVE team remains committed to evolving the Sovereignty system introduced in the Aegis release. Changes include reducing the base capture time of Command nodes, giving defenders 60% control at the beginning of a capture event, reducing the cap on total nodes and the spawn rate of new ones, and replacing the Entosis Link mass penalty with a 4000 m/s speed limit when fitted.
- Updated animations and effects for many combat and support modules, including the devastating Doomsday weapons
- The first Designer SKINs have come to New Eden with the blood red “Raata Sunset” line for Caldari ships. More bold new styles will be coming in the following weeks and months.
- A more satisfying killshot: the camera will now linger over the ship you just reduced to scrap so you can enjoy your victory just that much more
- The iconic workhorse of the Gallente Federation, the Dominix, went back to the shipyards for a redesign which evolves its original utilitarian design into a truly inspiring battleship
Full patch notes can be found here.
I’m currently hoping to actually get down and dirty with EVE Online shortly. It’s a notoriously intimidating MMO, and that turns many players off; but there’s just something about CCP’s creation that captures the imagination, whether you play it or not. Fingers crossed that I’m able to start delving into the universe of New Eden.