Null Sec Local Blackout is in Effect

As promised, with the passing of downtime today, CCP switched the the null sec local channel from immediate to delayed mode, meaning that people only appear in the list when they speak rather than as soon as they enter the current system.  The duration of this “undetermined” according to CCP.

Local is now delayed in null sec

Basically, they want to leave their options open as they see how this turns out.

Of course, there is always somebody who wants to talk.

Quiet local, and then…

In the run up to this various groups have been planning and trying to get their members on board with the new reality.  Classes on how to use the directional scanner effectively have been running (here is a quick video if you are interested), suggestions on what to do if you are going to rat or mine (be aligned, use d-scan, watch intel channels) have been put into an infographic, and optimum gates to camp if you want to help shoot the expected deluge of hunts have been broadcast repeatedly.

Even the /r/eve Reddit community mods set the subreddit to private for a bit with a message about the change to null sec local in the hope of getting the news out as far and wide as possible.

But somebody won’t get the word, and comedy will ensue as they blithely fly around a seemingly empty null sec.

The change is imperfect.  You can still go to DOTLAN EVE Maps to see kill statistics or look at the in-game map to see where things might be hot.  Intel is still available. (Though ZKillboard appears to be blacked out for the blackout.)

Something happened over here

But it is nothing like the immediate warning you get when a hostile shows up in local.

And now we wait to see what happens.  Will this usher in an exciting new era of null sec?  Or will people stop ratting and mining except in protected groups, leading to more complaints about how difficult it is to hunt in 0.0. space?

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories and fantasies about the change persist.  My favorite so far is that this is CCP trying to hide the fact that null sec is empty and that EVE Online is dying.  There should be an EVE Online version of Godwin’s Law for EVE Online.  Something like:

As an EVE discussion grows longer, the probability of somebody saying that EVE Online is dying approaches 1.

And so it goes.

4 thoughts on “Null Sec Local Blackout is in Effect

  1. Redbeard

    Well, Blackout does play into the “EVE is dying” narrative, just like Blizz no longer providing subscription numbers at quarterly financial calls. And just because it’s a conspiracy theory doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an incorrect theory, either. After all, those “Emerald Nightmare” spam emails I used to get in Wrath days eventually did come true in Legion…. ;-)

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  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Redbeard – The thing is, even at the game’s peak people were complaining that you could fly through parts of null sec and nobody was home. That is just the nature of that part of space, where you’re free to shoot people without repercussions… at least repercussions that are part of the game mechanics. People hide or avoid systems that are heavily traveled or that connect to space from which strangers might approach. When you take the obvious pipe routes through some null sec regions you might not run into anybody.

    Meanwhile, local is still active and showing player counts in low and high sec, so it isn’t a very thorough block of data.

    But most of all, CCP still shows the current player count in the launcher. I think if you wanted to hide how bad the game is doing you might start there. So I don’t think that conspiracy theory holds up very well under examination.

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  3. Nobody important

    Dotlan appears to be dark as well. Null data all displays messages such as “Everything’s dark…there’s a BLACKOUT!” Ship kills and NPC kills are blank (not 0, but blank) too.

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  4. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @NI – Data was still being reported on DOTLAN when I wrote this, I went and checked after I saw ZKill was blacked out, but Wollari blacked it out later in the day.

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