CCP Paradox announced in the forums yesterday that CCP would be rolling back the change to drone behavior that was introduced with Tuesday’s game update based on feedback they received… and because the change totally broke drone assist.
The statement says drone assist breaks in “certain scenarios,” but so far as I can tell, having experimented with it a bit, the main scenario is “player is logged in and trying to assist drones to another player.” You can make the call as to whether you believe feedback or dysfunction was the prime motivator for the roll back.
The statement in the forums said CCP would update us today with timing for the change, but the patch notes update for December 11th say:
- The change to drone behavior made on 8 December has been reverted. This means that drone functionality will be exactly the same as before the patch with ‘Aggressive’ setting once again automatically attacking NPCs. More information can be found on EVE Online forums.
So you may once again let your drones fly free to attack any aggressive NPCs that come your way as you mine or rat or whatever while AFK.
Also in the patch notes was a change to the Winter Nexus Wightstorm event sites which were inadvertently dropping Nightmare Blueprint Originals rather than single use Blueprint Copies. The former would be game breaking and extremely valuable. That has been corrected.
- The Wightstorm data sites from the Winter Nexus event are now properly dropping single-use Nightmare BPCs.
CCP asked players not to copy or try to sell the Nightmare BPOs, which should have all been reverted to BPCs with the update as well.
And, since we’re on the topic of things CCP has been fixing, yesterday they fixed the issue that was preventing people from setting stations without clone services as their home station (or death clone location in game parlance, the place where you come back when you have been podded) . When this broke it was noticed almost immediately because Jita 4-4, the main trade hub and most popular NPC station in the game does not have clone services, so suddenly nobody could set their death clone there. This led me to ask on Twitter:
Now that CCP has reverted the medical clone issue, my question is why didn’t Jita 4-4 get clone services with the big renovation? They had budget for a space elevator but not some clone bays?
Seriously, why doesn’t this station have clone services? The mysteries of New Eden.