We have been living under the blackout in null sec for a while now. Back in mid-July it was put in place and its duration has been said to be indefinite. (Which means of an unknown duration and not “forever” as some have interpreted the word.)
Well, we got a surprise today on the “indefinite” front. This morning CCP ended up having problems with their chat systems… or maybe the Secure Commerce Commission got their hands on some bad Quantum-Entangled 4-Helium, I don’t know… which had com channels down all over New Eden. And while the chat systems has been restarted and normal service restored, one side effect was the return of immediate local to null sec.
According to Reddit, wormhole space was visited by this change to local as well. I’m sure that made everybody happy.
That people still appear in local after the chat system restart seems to be because they have not logged out. Maybe. Logging in after the restart, my character did not show up in local. I am sure nobody will abuse that particular aspect of this strange event. Presumably everything will be back to normal after downtime.
Welcome to the Chaos Era!
Addendum: 24 hours later and I still see people in local in null sec while high sec local is still messed up. Go Chaos Era.