Another one of those round up posts to quickly cover some things I thought about working up posts around, but which never quite materialized.
CCP Closes the Gate
CCP announced that as of Wednesday the EVE Gate portal on the EVE Online site has been shut down.
The EVE Gate, for those who do not know… which is probably most people reading this… was a portal that allowed players to log in and access their in-game email and calendar. It should not be confused with the in-game EVE Gate of lore, which is how humans first arrived in New Eden.
I’m not sure how big of a deal this really is. I think I used it twice over the years. I don’t get much in-game email really, as my corp, alliance, and coalition have other preferred communications methods.
Riverini returned to EN24 to write a post about the demise of EVE Gate. As CCP notes, you can use their phone app or, if you want, you can use a third party app like Neocom. I find the latter is much more useful overall, though it won’t let you send mail.
CCP is NOT Turning Japanese
Earlier this year CCP announced that they were cancelling their deal with Nexon for Japanese localization. NEXON was a mixed bag for EVE in Japan, so CCP decided to carry on with a single Japanese speaking employee. Sad for the Japanese community, but at least CCP was trying to carry on with support.
However, things have taken a further turn as CCP has asked a lone Japanese speaking ISD member to stop translating patch notes and posting them to the forums. The person in question was doing this on their own time, but CCP felt it was confusing as it was not officially sanctioned and there was some disagreement over the translations as converting EVE Online lore and mechanics from English to Japanese is problematic at the best of times. The tale of this, with some translation examples, is in a Reddit thread.
Ultima Online has been celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, which I haven’t covered at all since I never played it. I think Lord British and I parted ways at about Ultima V.
The game is still alive and rolling and trying to keep pace with the changes in the industry under Broadsword’s stewardship. Over at Massively OP it was mentioned that, along those lines, Broadsword was looking into some sort of “free” option. As the FAQ on the UO site indicates, free will mean giving up some options that I am sure any serious player would not want to do without. The option is called the “Endless Journey” as is supposed to arrive in Spring 2018.
Expansions Coming to Norrath, But Not for Free
For EverQuest it will be the Rings of Scale, while EverQuest II will be going old school again with the Planes of Prophecy.
We don’t know much beyond the names yet, but the usual warm up events have been kicking off and last year’s expansions are now 50% off for those late to the party.
One of the usual aspects of this phase is the addition of some past expansion to the free to play access level of the game. Usually you can buy the latest and the previous expansion and everything before that is open for everybody. But no longer. As Massively OP reported (a pity Feldon isn’t around for this, he’d have done a nice full story on this), when asked when the soon to be in third place Terrors of Thalumbra expansion might be made free, the official response was:
We will not be adding anything further to the F2P line-up.
Harsh words, but perhaps the flip side of something Daybreak has said before. The Planet Side 2 team opined in the past that there is a point of diminishing returns when piling on things for subscribers. Now we’re seeing EverQuest II declining to remove something from the paid column.
I have not seen word as to whether the EverQuest expansion The Broken Mirror will face a similar path in not moving to the free zone, but I expect that will also be the case.
And that is it for items on my list. I’m sure I will hate myself a year from now when I try to put these into my “One Year Ago” summary.