The September update for EVE Online doesn’t have much in the way of cornerstone features. The changes were largely drawn from the “little things” thread, which are small improvements to our daily life in New Eden.
A few changes in the patch notes worth noting. For example:
It is no longer possible to add items to a mobile depot, while it is reinforced. It is still possible to remove items from a reinforced mobile depot or scoop the mobile depot itself.
This will likely lead to more dead excavator drones as it is the general practice of Rorqual pilots, when caught by attackers, to drop a mobile depot and dump their expensive excavator drones in it. That saves them for another day as killing a mobile depot requires you to reinforce it, then come back later to kill it. Now however the Rorqual pilot needs to be quick as the attackers will likely reinforce any depot they drop right away.
Then there is another key item:
Upwell Cargo Deposit is now available at all Upwell Structures. This feature allows players flying outside an Upwell Structure to place items from their ship cargo directly into their personal hangar in the structure.
This should close off the courier scam where pilots get sent to a citadel only to find that they have no access. They can’t deliver so lose the usually inflated collateral. There was a thread about this change in the forums.
And there were also a series of changes to how ship fittings are managed. One big item is that you can save cargo items as part of the fit. This will be a boon for Reavers, as Asher does like us to haul around a pile of refits.
There is a long list of minor updates, enough that there is likely something there to make you happy.
But the big change in the September releases is the graphical update to the line of ships based on the Caldari Osprey. It was one of the few remaining asymmetrical designs.
Once the Caldari cruiser with mining bonuses, it eventually got fully focused on the logistics (space healer) role once CCP was done revamping the mining ship lineup.
There was a joke about Caldari ships back when I started playing EVE Online. It was said that when it came to Caldari ship design, there was a designer for the left half of ships and a designer for the right half of ships, and that these two people had never met.
Over the years since CCP has been regularly changing the sometimes wildly asymmetrical designs with ships that have bilateral symmetry. Some of these have been good. I think the Scorpion and Moa ship lines look better for the change. Others I have been less enthusiastic about. The Cormorant got an odd treatment, while the Griffin went from a sleek lined frigate to a space pig. All a matter of opinion I suppose.
This time the came from the Osprey, which now has matching appendages on either side.
These side bits also now fold back while the ship is in warp.
The central body remains similar to the old model, with a frilled snout and the long, tapering engine housing in the back.
The Osprey Navy Issue got its own new set of wings with the change.
And the tech II variation, the Basilisk, got wings that are somewhat reminiscent of Dumbo.
Those doors fold down a bit when the Basi is in warp.
I am not particularly enamored with the change. As with the Oneiros, I think they managed to remove all the grace from the design with this change. But I have been told that symmetry makes SKIN development easier, and SKINs sell.
Anyway, that is what we are getting for September. The patch notes are available to read through, if you want to see all the little changes, while the updates page only mentions the Osprey changes. The update has been declared live, so everything mentioned is now a thing.
Coincident with this update CCP also announced a special SKIN release as a fundraising effort for the family of a member of the team, CCP Mankiller, who passed away in July at the age of 44.
These SKINs, called Cordite Blossom, will be available from the New Eden store for a limited time and, once removed, will be retired and never sold again. Proceeds from the sales will go to help the family of the late CCP Mankiller.
The SKINs are available for the following hulls:
- 60 PLEX – Punisher
- 60 PLEX – Slasher
- 60 PLEX – Sabre
- 60 PLEX – Zealot
- 60 PLEX – Eagle
- 60 PLEX – Ferox
- 60 PLEX – Brutix
- 60 PLEX – Hurricane
Buy a SKIN or two if you can.
Addendum: The fundraising goal was reached and the Cordite Blossom SKINs are now off the market.