Today is a strange day in New Eden as something that usually happens every single day did not happen. There was no downtime at 11:00 UTC. The game was not offline for the usual time, but persisted on through its regular break to keep running.
This lack of a downtime was cause to write up a whole Dev Blog about downtime, why they do it every day, and even how they picked the time. It is another one of those posts that are worth the read just for the insight into the considerations.
Downtime generally isn’t an issue for me as, being on the Pacific coast, it is a very rare day when I am up and online when it happens. But I am sure there are people for whom it is just the most annoying thing about EVE Online, this daily break in the action. Then again, some people are probably relieved. Some battles, like B-R5RB, didn’t end until downtime logged everybody off. (I went to bed and left my Dominix just drifting in game. It made it to downtime.)
Of course, somebody always has the difficult questions:
No resetting of high sec asteroid belts?
Nosy Gamer, Twitter
So, as has been noted, it is a bit of a non-event. It is literally something not happening. But downtime is such a feature of the game that it seems worth noting. And, of course, downtime will be back tomorrow. But for one day there was no downtime, allowing almost 48 hours of continuous play… or idleness. EVE Online is also one of those games without an inactivity timer so, among other things, downtime kicks all those people who just left the game client running and walked off. There is also the possibility that maybe a downtime every single day will at some point no longer be a necessity.
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