Sadly, another sad blog post, sadly, another sad event. But in reality, that’s what we want and we cry crocodile tears….
I almost wrote a double blog post last week. CCP has put together a package that has caused a lot of criticism. Very big criticism that made such waves that even people who normally stay in the background spoke up in internal chats.
The Prospektorpaket | EVE Online doesn’t only includes Skillpoints, 30 days of playtime und a few other Goodies, but also a fully fitted Retriever.
CCP is once again exploring the depths that they have plumbed in recent years. The fact that these things are sold has become one of CCP’s most important sources of income. Even ships that were fitted were available for purchase before BUT, and this BUT cannot be written big enough – these ships were previously only frigates that were available “free of charge” for all players as part of the career agents.
Now there is a ship that is not only originally behind the Alpha/Omega barrier but is also worth several million. Very justified are the questions as to when you can buy the titanic monster pack – with skill books and racial titan of your choice. And it scares me a bit, because CCP has already taken some significant steps down this path and it is unfortunately becoming increasingly clear that Pearl Abyss wants to further expand the revenue from microtransactions and similar themed game packs. Skins, skill injectors and now even fully-fitted ships that play a role in the expanded gameplay are ways to get newcomers excited about getting started quickly.
I don’t really know what to make of this. On the one hand, I realise that I have to say goodbye to the idea that everything stays the same and a game can only be kept alive through its subscriptions. Microtransactions are legitimate means to keep free-to-pay games alive as well. Fortnite, League of Legends and the entire World of War Vehicles series are a good example of how this can work successfully.
Also, the efforts to sell killmails as NFTs have shown that CCP is quite serious about going down new financial paths. We are only at the beginning of fundamental changes and I am not entirely comfortable with this.
As I wrote in my last blog post, I have mixed feelings about the early content announcements. What highlight should we expect at Fanfest then?
Maybe a new shooter?
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