It is time for the December update for EVE Online. One of the key things up front for this update are changes to the War Dec system. CCP put out a dev blog on these initial changes, but the key is eligibility. As was discussed previously, this change will not allow players to war dec a corporation unless it owns a structure. The following structures count:
- All Upwell Structures (including Upwell FLEX structures)
- Starbase Control Towers
- Player-owned Customs Offices
- Sovereignty Structures (Infrastructure Hubs and Territorial Control Units)
If your corp does not own one of those structures then you should be immune to war declarations.
And, to close a glaring loophole, the second change is to add a setting to disallow structure transfers. At least CCP could foresee that war dec corps would seek to bypass the structure rule by simply transferring a structure to their prospective victim and then declare war. There is now a setting in the corporation details tab that allows automatic rejection of structure transfers, and the default setting for that will be true.
That is expected to be the first round of changed for war decs as CCP tries to figure out how to deal with this issue.
Also coming with the December update are two new Triglavian ships, the Rodiva and the Zarmazd. These are the previously mentioned Triglavian logi cruisers.
Unlike other Triglavian ships, this one comes as both tech I and tech II, aligning to the logi cruisers from the empires. Only the blueprint for the Rodiva will drop and you must go through and do invention on the copy to get a Zarmazd blueprint.
There are also armor rep blueprints going in to match the two new ships, available as Abyssal drops.
The niche for these new logi ships is that their reps get stronger the longer they stay on their target.
Also coming to Abyssal space is a set period of invulnerability when transitioning through Abyssal gates.
The update also introduces the 2018 holiday even for EVE Online.
Called the Thirteen Days of EVE, you need to log your account in daily to claim prizes… like an advent calendar… but you have 17 days, so you could miss a couple days and still get all the presents. The prizes include some new things EVE, including a standings booster, new Candy Chromatic SKINs, straight up skill points, and, for Omegas only, a booster with three uses that will allow the pilot to use skill injectors without the diminishing returns penalty. That means people like me, with over 80 million SP on a character, could get the full 500K of skill points from an injector rather than the 150K one gets normally in that situation.
That last item requires you to log in for the full thirteen days. But that is easy enough and there is no reason not too. Details are available at the event site.
The update also lays down the groundwork for the next in-game event, Operation Permafrost.
As usual, the event will come to you via The Agency and will require you to accumulate points for rewards. At EVE Vegas is was mentioned that this event will bring your ship down into the atmosphere of a planet, giving the art team at CCP a chance to show off some more fancy new environments. Details are currently up on the live event page.
Also on the graphics front, CCP has added atmospheric auroras to planets. They only show up at random times though, so you have to be there at the right moment to catch them.
Another possible background for screen shots.
A lot of the rest is just the usual tweaks and minor fixes that accompany any update for the game. However, there is one innocuous one in the mix that I want to call out. This one:
Adjustments have been made to the respawn rates of certain nullsec anomalies. These adjustments are part of a gradual ongoing process that will see further tweaks for this type of content.
As rumors have it, the “certain nullsec anomalies” are havens and that this is a direct poke at titan ratting. Yes, titan ratting is a thing. The alleged reason is that at the current respawn rate a titan can can use its boson doomsday, clear a haven, and another one will have spawned by the time the titan has recovered and is ready to keep rolling. We will see if there is a corresponding dip in the NPC bounties with the coming of the December MER.