With the update to the EVE Online launcher already in our hands, the February update for the game doesn’t have much in the way of big features.
Instead February brings us something of a little things release. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. In a complex project like EVE Online with many moving parts there are plenty of refinements possible.
One of the highlighted changes for the update is a reorganization of the Neocom menu structure, including removal of the “holds and bays,” “ship hangar,” and “item hangar” options, as those all roll up into the unified inventory window already. CCP will also be reducing the number of items that are on the Neocom by default to help with the sensory overload problem that is the game’s UI.
Another change being called out affects the overview, where cynosural fields will be moved to their own selection in the configuration, separate from other beacons, allowing capsuleers to filter on just those. A placeholder slot was put in the UI in advance of this, to allow people to update and have their overview ready to go. If you want to see cynos you should probably check and update your settings.
And there there is the dev blog post about many of the other little things that are arriving with the update. One silly little item I am looking forward to is a change to how links show up in chat, color coding them so you have a better ideas as to what to expect.
There is always somebody out there that forms a link to look like a kill mail, but when you click on it adds you to a specific chat channel. That ruse will at least be a bit more obvious now.
The UI will also now prompt you when you attempt to map a key already in use, allowing you to reassign the key right then as opposed to having to hunt down the current key and unmap it manually.
Also in the mix are two larger font sizes for contextual menus, no doubt a boon to the aging population of the game.
The update also kicks off the now annual Guardian’s Gala event in New Eden.
The event will run from today through until February 25th. As usual, it is hooked into The Agency interface in the game and will offer special drops from various activities as well as the usual points system used to accrue towards specific rewards. Expect SKINs, cerebral accelerators, and the like. Also, special pink SKINs are for sale in the New Eden Store. I might need the Eagle and Basilisk SKIN.
Also coming soon, CCP think they have nailed down the major problems with the XMPP based chat system they introduced last year. As a reward for our patience, accounts that were Omega status on March 20, 2018 will be getting a 500K skill point reward on the character with the most skill points. It’s like a free skill injector. Details here.
And, finally, CCP has announced a new initiative called CCP Please which will act as a tracking methodology for their ongoing work when it comes to quality of life improvements in the game. You can visit the CCP Please site here. Among the first items to be tracked, progress towards a 64-bit client.