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Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 2:20PM (Unverified) said

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Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 2:39PM Ragemaster9999 said

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Damn, didnt see this coming. From my understanding, this guy was responsible for alot of the bad implementations / direction EVE has taken over the past few years, whether this means he is stepping down to a lower position or leaving the company entirely is unclear.

Either way I wish him the best personally, but maybe with this guy gone EVE can finally get back on track.

Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 5:52PM Brendan Drain said

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@Ragemaster9999 Zulu was never really allowed to be fully "in the driving seat" as senior producer of EVE, which is unfortunate because he demonstrated a real affinity for the player perspective before Monoclegate.
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Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 2:47PM Space Cobra said

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I guess this contest is better than the one for Tabula Rasa (I wonder what became of that contest and winner?). Basically, their contest was something along the lines of "picking one winner to have their DNA" or something and launching that into space. Or something. I forget. Maybe it was just one name or the winner got space DNA. :p

In any event, you don't need to do anything here, just be subbed. Of course, I don't know how reliable high-altitude balloons are.

In the end, maybe this all amounts to a bunch of "hot air"? ;)

Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 2:49PM Mikx said

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I kind of sympathise with them. Developers, and consumers naturally want big new features for a content release. Bug fixes and such are vital, but they don't satisfy the craving for something new to do.

On the other hand:

"Finally, all capsuleers who have an active subscription on December 31st will have their character names and images launched into space aboard a high-altitude balloon (yes, really)."

I guess all that monocle money was well spent.

Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 2:50PM DancingCow said

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How ironic.

While other MMO developers are desperately struggling to contain privacy breaches, CCP is planning to attach their customer list to a balloon and send it into space.

I wonder how long it will be before said customers start receiving calls from interstellar call agencies asking if they're happy with their mobile carrier.

Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 3:49PM Calfis said

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@DancingCow

"their character names and images launched into space"

Let me get this straight, you can call my mobile if you have my game screen name and character picture? I would really REALLY love to see you pull that off bud.

I guess we are all screw since that information is already available on this site: http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/combat_record.php?type=player&name=Calfis
Which permanently records the names and combat records of all users who ever killed or got killed by other players (most active users).
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Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 8:44PM mmogaddict said

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@Calfis You never got round to developing a sense of humour did you?
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Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 2:54PM (Unverified) said

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It's never good to see someone stepping down, but hey.. this one leaving the EVE team is awesome.

At least my concerns about EVE going free to play with cash shop are almost gone.

I guess that this was an internal bet between Zulu and Unifex and something with the Crucible expansion.

Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 3:46PM Karth said

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He is not leaving CCP btw, just leaving the producer seat.

Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 5:04PM Lateris said

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I wonder what they will do with avatars now

Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 6:39PM GaaaaaH said

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"Past 18 months".

What an unfortunate number to choose.

Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 7:05PM NobleNoob said

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Not every new thing in the last two years has been bad. I hope they do not walk away from developing things like walking in stations. The perks of being on top you get the axe.

Posted: Dec 22nd 2011 9:56PM Perdurabo said

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Good. He had a penchant for posting some incredibly offensive sentiments that were a slap in the face for loyal, paying customers that have supported the game for years.

Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 1:49AM EdmundDante said

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SWTOR has got to be putting a dent into EVE right now. I feel a bit sorry for them now - as it seems like they're trying hard - but then along comes not only a good MMO for competition - but one that could very well topple WoW and has potentially set the bar for any further MMO genres - i.e. the Bioware story-telling trademark proves to be uniquely immersive (and hellish expensive to develop).

How to compete against the New Beatles of MMO? I guess by carving out a niche and making sure you're still offer something different. In some ways Eve does that - but will it be enough?

I'm cheering them forward - but they got a few mountains to move now.

Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 6:42AM Moonaura said

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@EdmundDante While I am playing SW:TOR it is a completely different game, not even close to what EvE is, and has. EvE will continue.
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Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 8:32AM (Unverified) said

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@EdmundDante
Are you really comparing Counter-Strike with Mario Bros?
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Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 5:31AM Eric Francis said

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I think CCP made the mistake of taking their subs for granted.

The final nail in the coffin for me was the leaked newsletter where they announced that they were going for cash shop stuff big time, and not only cosmetical stuff. So in one read, i got meh about both eve and vampire the masquerade.

I was already super dissapointed that i was supposed to buy a PS3 if i wanted to play the cool expansion to eve (Dust514). Say what you want, going for a different market blablabla but the people most deserving to play Dust were the Eve subbies who wanted to take a break from what sometimes is a boring game. A standalone game wouldnt have mattered, by linking the game to eve and not allowing eve players to participate unless they buy a PS3 was one big nail in the coffin for me, it was one of the stupidest decisions i can remember from a decade of MMO news.

I guess some people at CCP didnt think that when they basically told their subbers that CCP and eve were one of a kind and if we didnt like the new direction we could quit that wed actually quit.

If Vampire the masquerade is some pay-to-win piece of shit of a game, ill quit that as well.

Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 11:58AM EdmundDante said

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Let's see - not even close ...

1. Missions that you go on - that have some kind of story
2. Character progression - where you get stronger and have more skills as time passes
3. You purchase items to make yourself better
4. You group up with other players to go on missions
5. You fight with other players - by pressing buttons based on your character skill set - and items you have bought
6. It is a Sci-Fi Universe
7. It is an MMO
8. It required you pay monthly

9. It has the same trolls that if they don't like you - will continual to harrass you in game or outside of game as often as they can - on forums or otherwise.

Posted: Dec 23rd 2011 12:56PM LeBouc said

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@EdmundDante

Super Mario and Counterstrike both let you shoot stuff, one with a flower and the other with guns... gosh they sound like exactly the same game!

... have you even played Eve?
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