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Posted: Mar 2nd 2009 7:46PM (Unverified) said

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Great preview...congrats on single handedly getting me to reactivate my EvE account :P

Posted: Mar 2nd 2009 7:50PM Brendan Drain said

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*adds one to the list*
After reading about the new expansion, three friends in real life and my brother decided to resubscribe too. In combination with the box copy being sold in stores, I can see the population of EVE skyrocketting very soon before the usual summer lull in activity.
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2009 7:49PM (Unverified) said

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Hey what gives, where's the ambulation system, who cares about technical blah?

Posted: Mar 2nd 2009 7:52PM Brendan Drain said

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Apocrypha is one of the biggest expansions in terms of content and new game mechanics that they've ever released, possibly the biggest. Ambulation is well underway but would have been too much work to get ready by the summer. Instead, they decided a long time ago to release this expansion now and push ambulation back.

With any luck, ambulation will be the winter expansion. Fingers crossed!
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2009 8:19PM Firebreak said

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Everyone I know that plays EVE or use to play EVE is very excited about this expansion. I imagine that they will get a number of people re-subscribing.

I don't know how many people they will actually be getting from Ambulation. The game is about space ships and even when you can walk around on stations it will still be about space ships. If you wanted something different then you will not re-subscribe when it comes time.

So I think that this is a better expansion when everything is said and done.
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2009 9:12PM (Unverified) said

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*drool*

Can't wait to pick up the box copy. Going to drop my preorder tomorrow actually.

Posted: Mar 3rd 2009 7:11AM Pacey said

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After trying out the t3 ships on Sisi last night, I can say it's the only thing about the expansion Im disappointed in. I understand they are keeping a tight lid on bonuses, changes in fitting, etc. to keep the playing field level for after the M10 release but they are hard to test.

The damage output from them seems much lower that T2 cruisers (at least on gallente) but their tank seems to be much harder.

It made me think that maybe they'll be of more use in w-space since they'd be able to tank against the sleepers longer, but their weak damage output would make it hard to kill even a couple sleeper cruisers before your killed.

The rest of the content is, quite simply, nothing short of amazing. All the new turret and rep graphics, the new fitting screen, scanning... its all pretty amazing work.

Posted: Mar 3rd 2009 2:20PM Darthus said

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Kind of disappointed that none of this covers the reworked new player experience, the new character creation and the new player missions. I'd say that's the most significant part of this update. It's all well and good that stasis fields look a little better, but considering Eve's greatest barrier to its success is its niche nature, I think the long overdue overhaul to making the game more new player friendly has been getting far too little attention.

Posted: Mar 3rd 2009 2:31PM Brendan Drain said

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In my opinion, it would have been a mistake to cover the new player experience in a few images in this gallery. It deserves its own dedicated feature post when the expansion is released. Remember we're not just talking about a few new missions and a change to skill training, there's an entire new epic mission arc for new players that introduces them to each area of the game.
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Posted: Mar 3rd 2009 2:36PM Darthus said

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No intended offense Brendan, I appreciate the exposure. I do think at least the character creation could have easily been served in terms of screenshots. I do agree it's a big and broad enough change that it deserves its own feature. I guess I'm just antsy to see how effective those new player changes are, since even though I've played EVE on and off since its release, I've never gotten beyond the newbie stage simply because of how complex and inaccessible the game is.
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Posted: Mar 3rd 2009 2:38PM Darthus said

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I also have been somewhat frustrated by the extreme amount of new content CCP has put into the game and how very little amount of attention has been paid to the new player experience and the complexity of UI in general. Conceptually it's pretty much everything I want in an MMO and I think who don't yet play would agree, but the complexity and obtuseness alone turn people away I think 90% of the time.
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Posted: Mar 3rd 2009 2:43PM Brendan Drain said

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I woudn't want to cover the new player experience until release of the expansion anyway as parts may be changed before release. The patch isn't very far away, why not wait until then and give the free trial a go to see what the new player experience is like first hand?
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Posted: Mar 3rd 2009 3:00PM Yoh said

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Good work as usual Brendan.
Between the tournament and Apocrypha has gotten me the itch to re-sub back to EVE.

This is the power of EVE, its not only it strong and dedicated community, but its ability to evolve and change into practically a new game each year/6 months.

EVE has the future of space sim/sci-fi MMO's in its back pocket.
And while I'm keen on Jumpgate:Evolution making a good impression with me, there would be nothing stopping CCP from incorporating a more action orientated combat system into EVE, and blow them out of the water. (unless Jumpgate can evolve in a similar means, then we could see an arms race)

Only time will tell.

Posted: Mar 4th 2009 11:38AM blash said

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Hey Brendan, you forgot to put the skill queue in there somewhere :)

Posted: Mar 4th 2009 12:07PM Brendan Drain said

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Wish I could have! It wasn't exactly working on the test server so I couldn't get a screenshot of it in action but it's an awesome new addition, isn't it?
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Posted: Mar 4th 2009 12:09PM blash said

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It was working at some point earlier on, I haven't been on the test server recently though. The skill queue is definitely a game changer for me though and if I was un-subbed at the moment, I would re-sub just for the skill-queue.
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Posted: Mar 6th 2009 3:39PM (Unverified) said

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Fantastic job on this Brendan. A very comprehensive look at what's coming in Apocrypha.

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