I couldn’t resist. New stuff in the Incarna expansion made me want to peek back into EVE Online.
The patching took a while, so I haven’t had much time to poke around, but I did get a view of one new feature, the captain’s quarters
Gone are the hanger views of your current ship.
Instead, when you log in, you are in your new quarters.
You can move around, but the controls are… wrong… in my opinion.
They use WASD to move, but they keys are for absolute direction, not relative. So A doesn’t turn to you or make you strafe right, but turns your body and moves you West, while W moves you North, and so on.
Not a totally outlandish idea. If I recall my short time there, it is the way that you move around in Dream of Mirrors Online.
Coming from an EQ/WoW/FPS background it felt awkward in DOMO and it feels awkward in EVE. And while you don’t have to move around a lot, you do have to walk a bit when you return to your station and dock.
When that happens, you get placed at the far end of a walkway and must walk to your quarters.
Not a long walk, but you have to do it. You can see my quarters through the hatch.
In your quarters you get access to the same things that used to have buttons on the side bar, hanger, drones, storage, and the like.
Then there is that big screen TV flashing stuff at you. A little more useful than the CONCORD billboard you see at every gate, but not hugely relevant.
And so there you are in your room, a little hologram of your currently select ship in front of you, standing there, wondering what the big deal is.
I redid my avatar… tried to make him a little more Michael Westen-ish.
I guess the new quarters are cool.
I am not sure it adds much to the game yet. And, like any change to a user interface, it feels awkward and less functional when you first start using it. We shall see if it grows on people as time goes on.
And this will lead to walking on stations and seeing other people some day.
And /dance emotes… I bet we get those as well. You just wait.
Per Soliloquy’s comment below, I did managed to sit down. You seem to have to get yourself and the camera in the right position to get that option.
However, once seated, the camera pulls in too close to see much unless you rotate it around to look at the back of your head.
I cannot seem to get a decent screen shot of my character sitting. I can get his whole body in if I move the camera practically up to the roof, but to look into his face, the camera positions itself so you can only see him from the waist up with about 2/3 of the screen showing stuff behind and above his head.
You can also see your pod. I did not turn around when I docked, it was right there behind me.
And you can see your ship docked as well.
The ship rotates very slowly. I would guess it rotates about 1/10 the speed of the wireframe model you see as well. So waiting for a profile screenshot can take a bit.
And you cannot scroll the camera into first person view, so any screenshot would include you as well.
(And there is Stargrace in her quarters staring at her Domi.)