The “Halloween massacre” was the worst, that happened to CCP in the past years? Oh no! Now it becomes even worsererererer. Yesterday Team Size Matters told us in a Dev Blog about fancy new mechanics for Alpha Accounts and how CCP plans to get them in line with Omega players. A small announcement with a big impact on EVE Onlines key philosophy…
I recommend reading this Devblog first, before we continue: https://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/new-alpha-training-option/
One point got my attention:
Here are the basic rules for the Daily Alpha Injector:
- Can be purchased in the NES for PLEX or purchased for your regions real money currency via secure.eveonline.com (…)
So this actually means you can buy skillpoints for your alpha-toon directly from CCPs store. This hit me (and others) like a train. Do you remember last year?
About one year ago, Team Size Matters wrote a Devblog about Skill Trading and the EVE Online philosophy. One sentence stood out and was even printed in bold letters:
It’s very important to note here that this means all the skillpoints available to buy on the market in EVE will have originated on other characters where they were trained at the normal rate. Player driven economies are key to EVE design and we want you to decide the value of traded skillpoints while we make sure there is one single mechanism that brings new skillpoints in to the system – training.
You can read the entire Devblog here: https://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/skill-trading-in-new-eden/
Seriously dear readers, I have no more words for this.
After the Halloween massacre I was barely able to understand why CCP cut off their VR. It was harder to explain myself why they shutdown most of their community team.
Why stepping back from one of the essential EVE Online philosophies/ “EVE Onlines key design” (sic!) is totally incomprehensible to me. Why?
Because it is just another opportunity for microtransactions? Are CCP Teams now driven to generate as much money as possible to “stay alive” and not getting fired?
No more words here. I’m currently more than dissappointed. And like I predicted in a (german) blogpost earlier: This is not the end. The silence of CCP says it all…
Next steps in this dystopy are:
- CCP Guard is leaving CCP in January or February
- CCP will be sold to EA in Autumn/Winter 2018
- CCP and EVE Online will be closed in 2020