Reports began popping up on Twitter during the afternoon of June 26th about Drifter NPCs attacking and reinforcing Upwell structures in null sec space. This was picked up by Imperium News, who reported that the Drifters were moving around Delve and reinforcing structures around the region.
When I got home from work I jumped into game on an alt and fly over to the one of the systems they were reported to be working in and, sure enough there were Drifters firing away at an Azbel while other structures in the system had already had their armor timers set.
Dismissed at first as a boot.ini level bug by CCP, the Imperium has decided that CCP is not going to “fix” what is happening and has sent out pings for a recall to Delve from our staging in the KQK1-2 Keepstar, which itself was hit by Drifters earlier.
Coincidentally, back on June 5th I saw a small Drifter force hitting the KQK Keepstar, though it was only three ships and they were sent packing right away.
I thought at the time this was anomalous behavior, Drifters doing silly things, especially after the mention at EVE North about the great NPC battle nobody saw. But now, after they have started hitting structures in force, it seems like we have a new event in null sec to keep up busy. The EVE North mention might have been an alert or might have been a ruse in hindsight.
There has been word that the Drifters have hit structures in TEST and Pandemic Horde space as well and have set up gate camps at times to shoot players as they travel through the various null sec regions. There is also word that damage caps do not apply to Drifter attacks and they are reinforcing structures more quickly that players are able.
Imperium move ops are coming soon and I guess I have the answer as to what we are going to do now that the last Keepstar in Tribute is gone. PAP links for PvE coming up I guess. We’ll be fine, throwing our forces against the Drifters. We’ll see how other groups fare.
We will also have to see what CCP has in mind with this.
Others on the Drifter menace:
- INN – Drifters Attacking Player Structures
- INN – Imperium Returning to Delve
- Reddit – Thread about where Drifters are hitting
- The Greybill – The Drifers are Coming
- Ashey in Space – Drifters: An Emergent Threat
- PC Gamer – Chaos after an Unprecedented Alien Invasion
- Game Informer – Surprise Alien Invasion
- Polygon – Community Erupts
And CCP has a video from The Scope
So there we go.