They promise it will be worth it.
Yes, that time of year has rolled around again and CCP is celebrating another EVE Online anniversary. 2019 makes it sweet 16 for the game. That’s old enough to get a driver’s license where I live. CCP has a dev blog up about how they will be celebrating this milestone.
There will be gifts. But these gifts will be doled out as daily login rewards, so you will need to log in each account, every day, for sixteen days in order to collect them all.
I am not a fan of login rewards like this. It strikes me as a rather transparent way to boost the monthly active user, the dreaded MAU at whose altar so many analysts worship, without necessarily doing anything to improve game play or to get a user to go beyond collecting their reward and logging off.
But that doesn’t mean I won’t log in every damn day all the same. I’ll do that for some free stuff. If you ring the rewards bell I do salivate.
And, as you may have noted, the event lasts for 18 days, so you can forget to login twice and still get all the goodies.. And what goodies will we get? The dev blog says:
There’s all manner of gifts and rewards up for grabs including celebratory trinkets, faction ammunition, exclusive XVI anniversary SKINs, apparel and even a monocle, as well as Servant Sisters of EVE hulls, celebratory Permaband SKINs and clothing, along with fireworks and abyssal filaments.
That is quite a range. I’ll go anywhere for SKINs, and SOE ship hulls are fan favorites. I’d like another Astero or three. I guess Permaband is featured as a ceremonial farewell and/or clearing out of virtual stock, since Permaband if effectively dead with the departure of CCP Guard. I mean, who else is going to front for them? CCP Falcon?
That is all cool, but I image that the real draw will be skill points. The Dev Blog declares that this will be the largest skill point grant they have ever given away, with over a million skill points available if you log in all 16 days.
That is a lot of skill points. Given that I used to rack up ten million skill points about every seven months, picking up a million in just 16 days is an accelerated pace. That is about 2,600 skill points an hour. You can optimize your attributes and plug in +5 implants to train faster than that (my skill point farming clone, back when I did that, rolled along at 2,700 sp/hr), but you have to keep to specific skill. These skill points can be applied to any skill, plus you still have your normal, ongoing skill point accretion.
Of course, the usual caveat applies: To get all the goodies you must have an Omega level account. Free to play Alpha accounts get some prizes, but to get the full haul you must be paying in cash or PLEX for an Omega account.
Naturally, on the events page there is a convenient link to the page that lets you upgrade to Omega.
So there it is. If you want all your goodies make sure your launcher is up to date and ready to go so you can start logging in tomorrow.