Daily Archives: October 29, 2020

WoW Shadowlands Coming November 23rd

This time for sure!

Blizzard announced that the World of Warcraft expansion Shadowlands, delayed from its previously planned launch date of October 26th, will go live for players on November 23rd and 24th, depending on where you live.

The world-wide launch plan

For me, in California, the launch time will be 3pm on Monday, November 23rd.  As it is the week of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, I already have that time planned off for work.  I’ve learned never to take a vacation day for a launch, since that just ensures that disaster will ensue… I begged my way out of half a shift back when Gemstone launched on GEnie back in the day and it was literally unplayable… if I already have the day off, well, what the hell.

The dividing line will be Central European Time, the Paris time zone, where the expansion will go live at midnight on November 24th.

This launch date will secure the Battle for Azeroth to Shadowlands launch gap as the longest time between expansions for the game.

  • WoW Launch to The Burning Crusade – 784 days
  • The Burning Crusade to Wrath of the Lich King – 667 days
  • Wrath of the Lich King to Cataclysm – 754 days
  • Cataclysm to Mists of Pandaria – 658 days
  • Mists of Pandaria to Warlords of Draenor – 779 days
  • Warlords of Draenor to Legion – 656 days
  • Legion to Battle for Azeroth – 714 days
  • Battle for Azeroth to Shadowlands – 832 days

Meanwhile, the pre-launch events will kick off on November 10th with a scourge invasion.  We can look forward to that in order to warm up for the big day.

And there is a fresh story trailer to go with today’s announcement.

 

And, just to add on to things, November 23rd is also the 16th anniversary of the game’s launch, so there will probably be some anniversary high jinx mixed in with the expansion going live as well.

We will be there soon enough.  Enjoy the lull to warm up and catch up.

The Second Battle at FWST-8 Renews Two Guinness Records for EVE Online

It was a huge and costly battle, especially for the Imperium, as we clashed over the Keepstar being anchored in FWST-8.  And, even at the time, people were wondering if it would set a new record.

CCP had already been recognized by Guinness for the “Million Dollar Battle,” otherwise known as the “Siege of 9-4RP2,” which saw 6,142 players concurrently involved in the fighting.  So when the local count rose past that number it seemed like it might happen.  I caught a few screen shots with the count well into what might have been world record range.

6,446 in local

But there is what the UI shows… which during a heavily loaded time dilation fight can be problematic… and what gets officially registered at the server.   At 9-4RP2 people reported numbers in local much higher than the official count because people who were disconnected were part of the total.  Still, it seemed likely a record had been set.

So much stuff on grid!

Today that record was confirmed.  CCP published a press release announcing the award while Guinness posted the record officially on their site.

And it is actually two records.  The Guinness site says:

On this day, the space-based Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), EVE Online broke two Guinness World Records titles, the largest multiplayer videogame PvP battle and the most concurrent participants in a multiplayer videogame PvP battle.

The epic battle saw 8,825 players taking part overall and 6,557 playing concurrently at its peak.

EVE Online (developed by CCP Games, based in Reykjavík, Iceland) is renowned for its large-scale conflicts and the game has seen record-breaking encounters for largest battle and most concurrent players multiple times; they were previously set during 2014’s “Bloodbath of B-R5RB” and in 2018’s “Siege of 9-4RP2” respectively.

In this “Players” is distinct from in game characters, as CCP says there were 11,258 characters used in the fight.

Once again EVE Online shows it can still make the news.  Another epic event occurred, a world record was set, and I can claim I was there.

The focus of the battle

The war carries on and, while some denigrate as “fake” or unimportant in the scheme of things in New Eden, it also proves that Null Sec can pilots can have an impact.

CCP’s press release in full:

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS has shared additional information about this achievement in this feature: EVE Online’s Record-Breaking Fury at FWST-8

By the Numbers: A total of 8,825 players participated in Fury at FWST-8 with 11,258 characters from 114 different alliances in an engagement that lasted 14 hours, breaking the previous GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title of 7,548 players. The peak of Fury at FWST-8 saw 6,557 concurrent participants, breaking the previous GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title of 6,142 peak concurrent participants.

Both of these records were previously set by EVE Online during 2014’s “Bloodbath of B-R5RB” and in 2018’s “Siege of 9-4RP2” respectively.

EVE Online is no stranger to massive in-game conflicts. Every time a big battle breaks out or our community comes together for a cause, it’s always a sight to behold,” said Hilmar V. Pétursson, CCP Games’ CEO. “CCP may have created EVE Online, but it’s our community who built the universe of New Eden. Their ingenuity created the impressive logistics networks, both in-game and in the real-world, to field such a high volume of ships in one battle. Our players deserve all the credit that made these record-breaking achievements possible. Their support and dedication are what makes EVE Online the game that it is today.”

Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief for GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS added, “The limitless potential of EVE Online provides once again an epic, record-smashing battle that’s a test of both human and technological prowess. No game has the kind of passionate, invested, and empowered community that EVE Online enjoys, which is why it’s still, nearly 20 years on, reigning supreme as the ultimate MMO space game. Congratulations to all those involved – even those off licking their wounds will agree it was a battle to be remembered for a very long time.”

“We’ve been sitting on the edges of our seats this entire war. The player-run factions in our game often rival those of real-world governments, with some even adding US politicians into their ranks, so we knew it was only a matter of time before something big happened,” said Bergur Finnbogason, EVE Online’s Creative Director. “It still blows my mind that EVE’s players are able to break these records for massive player battles. Setting two world records for a single battle is humbling and just shows the amount of dedication EVE Online players have for our game.”

Since July of this year, a massive player-driven conflict between alliances has been unfolding in EVE Online. Dubbed “World War Bee 2”, upwards of 130,000 players have battled it out in a war for in-game territory and geopolitical dominance. World War Bee 2 is the third such universal war since the game’s release in 2003. Fury at FWST-8 is just one of many battles in the war as players continue the fight.

Fury at FWST-8 was the PAPI coalition’s attempt to establish a beachhead Keepstar citadel in the region known as Delve, which would have enabled PAPI to strike deeper into the Imperium coalition’s territory with their forces of supercapital-class spaceships. To prevent this, the Imperium fought long and hard to destroy the Keepstar and push PAPI back. As a result, 6,746 ships and the Keepstar structure were destroyed, with 362 capital-class ships lost on the battlefield. Assets worth a total of 1.443 trillion ISK (in-game currency) were lost in this battle, equating to $18,712 USD, of which 705 billion ISK worth was destroyed completely, equating to $9,148 USD.

Some EVE pilots who participated in Fury at FWST-8 shared their impressions of the battle: “The FWST battle was the latest example of the iconic EVE Online battles that everyone reads about, and being able to say ‘I was there’ is a great feather in the cap for everyone involved. Even more impressive to me was the camaraderie and teamwork leading up to the kill. When we’re still around playing this game in the years to come we may not remember all the minutiae of the battle, but we’ll absolutely remember that we were there fighting side by side and having fun with our space tribe.” – Klavas (USA) – Goonswarm Federation, Imperium

“The scale of the fighting, the numbers of players involved on both sides, and the extent of the losses in FWST-8 and the weeks that followed has been incredible. I have fought in nullsec for nearly 15 years, nothing I have done before even comes close. Every player involved has been tested to the limits of endurance, it’s the stuff nullsec players have dreamt of for years.” – Hedliner (UK) – Pandemic Legion, PAPI

“Fights like FWST-8 don’t happen very often but they are what makes EVE, EVE. I was impressed that the servers held up as well as they did. It’s the second time I’ve been involved in setting the record for most concurrent players. Hopefully, all good things come in threes?” – Killah Bee (Germany) – Northern Coalition, PAPI

“The battle in FWST is undoubtedly a historic event, not only for EVE Online and the MMORPG genre, but for video games themselves. Our alliance and coalition campaign commanders undertook a colossal amount of work and planning to make this happen, not only for this specific battle, but throughout the past two weeks.” – strbrr (Russia) – Northern Coalition, PAPI

“The battle of FWST-8 is among the few, incredible moments of EVE Online, those we hear of in the media, those we tell about to the new players with a proud ‘I was there’. Participating in the biggest battle of the history of video games along with thousands of players all across the world, and the feeling of being a part of something bigger than myself as everyone gave their best in the face of impossible odds is a memory I’ll never forget.” – Naice Rucima (France) – Goonswarm Federation, Imperium

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The Crimson Harvest Event Returns to EVE Online for Halloween

CCP doesn’t believe in being early for holidays, so the Crimson Harvest event kicked off today, just two days before before Halloween.  I think I’ve been trying (and failing) to get the Headless Horseman’s mount in WoW for over a week now.

Crimson Harvest 2020

Between now and downtime on November 10th, event sites will spawn around New Eden.  Finishing them will yield a variety of rewards including ISK, ship SKINs, fireworks, Crimson Harvest apparel, blueprints for a new Blood Raider modified Mobile Tractor Unit, powerful faction modules and implants, and limited-time Cerebral Accelerators.

In addition there will be a four player T1 frigate Abyssal Proving Ground event as well as the return of the improved loot drop mechanic for PvP.  Between now and downtime on November 10th 90% of modules will drop from ships blown up in PvP actions.

And there is also a sale on Omega time and some special SKINs in the New Eden Store.

Details are available via this news post.