Future releases

Removing offline control towers for profit!

EVE Pos banner

Admittedly the for profit part of the title is something that remains on my wish list so far CCP Ytterbium has simply confirmed that we will be able to remove offline control towers in the near future.

CCP Ytterbium forum post pos removal

How far away this near future is we don’t know but it’s likely to be Crius and more likely to be Hyperion the release after due on the 23rd September this year.

What I’m hoping to see from this change is a way to remove a POS whilst at war without having to shoot it. Additionally or at least in a perfect world I’m really hoping that in the process of removal the POS isn’t destroyed allowing a new ‘POS salvager’ career to popup from the change with people actively hunting offline POS’s and putting in a wardec to profit from their removal.

If I was to hazard a guess I would guess that once Kronos and Crius are out the way it won’t be the last we see of the industry overhaul with some features that have long been discussed such as a complete overhaul of invention and this POS removal system being pencilled in right now as features for Hyperion. All of the ongoing discussion I’ve seen to date really point towards further improvements to industry which fits in nicely with the theme of building your own stargates and ensuring it’s a feature that the community respond well to really industry is the true foundations of EVE online and at the moment the future looks very hopeful indeed.

Ship Skin Customization

Ship Skin Customization EVE Online

Whilst concerned about the effects of the success of Aurum microtransactions on the price of PLEX I’m also extremely excited to see how far CCP push ship customization. My only hope is in that doing so the look and feel of EVE Online isn’t lost and that we keep New Eden true to its dark and dreary feel, after all thousands of pink Thoraxs would only be amusing for a short amount of time.

With 20 new ship skins coming in Kronos and 12 of them Aurum only we’ll really start to see the impact of ship skinning on the ISK price of PLEX which should hopefully guide CCPs decision a little before a full ship skinning implementation. My only concern here is I’d rather have people able to fund their alts with PLEX and have more characters in game than only the minority able to fund accounts with PLEX making New Eden a quieter universe.

Here are a couple of examples from the Fanfest art panel:

Apocalypse ship skinning for aurum

Megathron ship skinning for aurum