MMOs have absolutely exploded in popularity over the past decade, with online gaming growing from a niche hobby to a global market worth billions of dollars each year. Once dominated by subscription games like EverQuest
and World of Warcraft
, recent years have seen free-to-play games take centre stage. Global MMO subscriptions have been reportedly shrinking since 2010
, and EVE
doesn't appear to be immune to this industry-wide trend. Though February 2013's figures
subscriptions have technically grown year-on-year, those numbers were published just after the Chinese server relaunch, and CCP
hasn't released any new figures since.
Developers have done a good job of catering to current subscribers and polishing existing gameplay with the past few expansions, but the average daily login numbers are still the same as they were over four years ago
will undoubtedly hook in plenty of new and returning subscribers when its deep space colonisation gameplay with player-built stargates and new hidden solar systems is implemented, but time could be running out on these features. Hefty competition is due in the next few years from upcoming sandbox games such as Star Citizen
, EverQuest Next
, Camelot Unchained
, and Elite: Dangerous
, and CCP will have to release something big soon to bring in some fresh blood.
In this week's EVE Evolved
, I ask whether CCP should focus on new players and suggest plans for two relatively simple colonisation-based expansions that could get EVE
a significant part of the way toward its five-year goal in just one year.