With its exploration-focused Odyssey
expansion on the way, EVE Online
is about to be hit with a deluge of players (new and old) venturing into the unknown. The expansion will introduce the yet-to-be-revealed Discovery Scanner and will add a ton of new exploration content all across New Eden. Odyssey
aims to follow the lead of 2009's Apocrypha
expansion, which saw hundreds of corporations lead lucrative expeditions into uncharted wormhole systems
. We don't yet know whether the expansion will open new systems for exploration, but when Odyssey
goes live, the race will be on to find and lay claim to all the goodies hidden in deep space.
With no stations to dock at in wormhole space, corps currently have to store everything in destructible starbases that aren't really up to the task. Player-owned starbases were released in 2004 as sandbox-style tools
for tech 2 industry and alliance territorial warfare. They were never intended to be the sole base of operations for an entire corporation, so they suffer from some pretty severe security and usability flaws as a result. Theft from ship and item hangars in wormhole space is commonplace, setting up corp roles for them is a nightmare, and living exclusively in a starbase provides a daily dose of frustration players could seriously do without. CCP
has been planning to completely overhaul player-owned starbases for years, but some of today's issues can't afford to wait any longer.
In this week's EVE Evolved
, I look at some of the chronic problems faced by starbase-dwelling explorers and how CCP plans to temporarily fix some of them for Odyssey