An event that started out several years ago as an impromptu EVE Online
player gathering, EVE Vegas has grown so large that this year it was was officially taken over by developer CCP Games
. This year's event was organised like a mini-Fanfest, with Executive Producer Andie Nordgren
's keynote address and some interesting talks from both players and developers. Players got a chance to compare notes with developers on the game's recent progress, CCP let out a few exciting reveals, and the whole event was streamed live to viewers at home for free.
This year's big reveal was a new tech 3 Tactical Destroyer ship class
that can transform into one of several tactical configurations mid-fight to boost power to the engines, shields, or weapons as required. We also heard rumblings of new "glass cannon" weapons
that deal increased damage but lower your ship's damage resistances, and CCP tested the public response to the controversial idea of adding permadeath characters to EVE
. Player talks were equally informative, giving insights into the world of nullsec Fleet Command and the custom Region Commander software that the game's biggest coalitions use to maintain their grip on power.
If you missed out on the event, read on for links to Massively's coverage of the stream or to watch the stream recordings for yourself.