The Mystery Code is back.
Being away for a week… literally at sea for several days with only some extremely slow satellite base WiFi which would barely load the main Google page when the whole ship was awake and trying to use it… means I feel there is some catching up to do. Everything that posted last week, save for yesterday’s post that I wrote on my iPad at LAX while waiting for our flight home, was written in advance and scheduled to post. But there are things I would have posted about last week, had I been home, if only to mark that they happened. There is never a completely dead week.
Anyway, the first, and probably easiest item on the list, is the return of the Mystery Code.
The Mystery Code was part of the EVE Online Second Decade Collector’s Edition package that CCP put out back in 2013 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the game.
A number of things were included with that, including a coffee table book, a CD of some of the well known sound track pieces played by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, and a copy of the board game that CCP created to help get funding rolling for their crazy internet spaceship plans, a Rifter shaped USB hub, and that little black card with the title “Collector’s Edition Mystery Code.”
I still have the card from one of the two Collector’s Editions I ended up with. (I bought one, then CCP later gave me another one via a PR company they were using on the idea that a) I would write about it and b) that would make some amount of difference in the world. I gave away the second Mystery Code in a screen shot contest.) I did not have to dig too deep in my office to find it.
The idea of the Mystery Code was that people who shelled out a hundred bucks or more for this collection of fluff and nostalgia would have something special that would set them apart going forward. Initially it got you a PLEX (back before the 500 for 1 split), some cosmetic items, and a special ship in the then upcoming EVE Valkyrie. But the idea was that there would be other exclusive items available to Mystery Code holders going forward.
Unfortunately, CCP didn’t really set expectations as to how often we could expect rewards or what they might be. I guess that is the “mystery” aspect of it all, even though they tried to demystify it in a blog post. They key quote from that I suppose is this tidbit:
This is just the beginning of what the Mystery Code will unlock. In the future, whenever we have big things happening—not just across the EVE Universe but across all CCP games—you will find a Mystery Code element to enjoy.
There’s much more planned we can’t discuss right now, but you can rest assured that as we continue our journey into the Second Decade with you, the Mystery Code will be your perfect traveling companion.
Much more planned. There isn’t a specific promise of regular intervals, but it isn’t hard to read into that a potential bounty beyond what we have actually received so far.
This has led to a regularly recurring series of posts over on Reddit over the years about what the hell happened to the Mystery Code. As noted in this thread, we have received a couple of items since, but the Mystery Code has otherwise remained somewhat aloof and we haven’t seen anything show up for a few years at this point, back in February 2015.
With the 15 year anniversary of EVE Online this year there was some restrained hope that we might see a revival of the Mystery Code, but with layoffs and restructuring and general changes at CCP there was also speculation that the company might not even have the capability of handing out goodies to those holding the Mystery Code. Its days seems well in the past.
And then, as I was swilling Pacificos at Mauricio’s in Puerto Vallarta, CCP broke its years long silence on the Mystery Code and gave us something. We got:
- 1x Men’s SARO ‘Black Troop’ Combat Suit
- 1x Women’s SARO ‘Black Troop’ Combat Suit
- 1x Pacifier SARO ‘Black Troop’ SKIN (Permanent)
- 1x Enforcer SARO ‘Black Troop’ SKIN (Permanent)
- 1x Monitor SARO ‘Black Troop’ SKIN (Permanent)
- 1x Marshal SARO ‘Black Troop’ SKIN (Permanent)
The cosmetic combat suits are nice I guess, if you like that sort of thing. At least the top half of them show up in your portrait in-game. But the SKINs, which are black and white police models with what appears to be red and blue flashing lights… those are very nice. I am all over that.
As soon as I was able to log in after my return home the whole set was there for me waiting to be redeemed.
If you have a Mystery Code you have to redeem these items within 90 days or they will disappear. Don’t let this linger, grab them soon.
So there we go, the Mystery Code is still alive and has delivered after a long hiatus.
Now, of course, the timer starts again. I expect that at some point before next Fanfest a thread or two will pop up on Reddit wondering if CCP will ever give Mystery Code holders something else.