On Friday the 22nd April, 2022 CCP announced an up to 33% price hike for subcriptions to Eve online.
Times are financially difficult for most people and some businesses. Regular people are rapidly find their disposable income dwindling at best, many others now have no disposable income and can’t even afford regular living expenses.
CCP is also affected, with inflation making their income not as large, and the total loss of all income from the Russian market due to sanctions. So what are they going to offer us for this higher price?
Eve was never a particularly cheap game, and now it’s the most expensive “premium/traditional model” MMO on the market. What exactly are we getting for this incredibly steep price? Since the advent of multiple chilling-effect changes to Eve, primarily the anti-content design of Citadels, action in Eve online has been in a endless boring decline. CCP puts plenty of resources into CCP-Curated content, which does indeed include some PvP – but it lasts as long as the event, doesn’t spur war and is navelgazing when it comes to the problem surrounding chilled player created content.
If you check the video above, you’ll see CCP Paragon reading and slightly answering my question. During the Q&A surround the price hike, he kept promising that there would be a reveal at fanfest which “justfies the increased price” of Eve.
If they announce another CCP curated content event, it means utterly nothing. The only thing that can save Eve is a total revamp of multiple areas of the game ro reverse the stagnation and get groups to be endlessly, meaningfully at real war again.
I will be there to make them answer for their lack of care to the single thing that drove Eve: The players. Not their events.