Halloween festivities have arrived in New Eden as CCP with the return of the Crimson Havest event. Regarded by some as one of the better annual events, it is arriving a bit late this year, possibly due to the data center upgrades being performed by CCP earlier this week.
The Crimson Harvest comes along with other treats, all of which are included under the Halloween Horrors banner.
This year players will be able to choose which side of the event they wish to support.
EVE’s premiere Blood Raider seasonal event has begun once again, starting today and running until 9 November! This year, Capsuleers will be met in battle by the forces of the Order of St. Tetrimon, an Amarr religious order dedicated to the preservation of the scriptures of the faith. Join the Order in their campaign to drown this sanguine spectacle in laserfire, or for the first time ever take the side of the Blood Raiders, venerating the Harvest and painting New Eden in crimson!
Somebody will side with the Blood Raiders I am sure. You get to pick which side in The Agency.
Sites for the event show up throughout New Eden, but some locations are better than others according to the patch notes. Here are the details:
- Crimson Gauntlet and Tetrimon Base combat sites can be found in most areas of space. These sites should be approached with caution, and capsuleers are advised to fly a battlecruiser, battleship, heavy assault cruiser, or even more powerful vessels if they wish to investigate these locations. Rewards for looting the battleship NPCs found at the end of the sites include items that can be traded for isk, skins, boosters, clothing and more!
- Crimson Harvest Network Node and Tetrimon Network Node data sites are also appearing across New Eden. These hacking sites contain network node structures that can be accessed for more great rewards!
- Advanced versions of the combat and hacking sites can be found within the areas containing the most heated fighting between Blood Raider and Tetrimon forces: the Blood Raider controlled systems within the Delve region and the low security systems within the Derelik region. These advanced sites are rarer and more challenging than the standard versions of the sites but they provide much greater rewards. Bringing a friend or two helps reduce the risk immensely, but beware of other capsuleers who may be searching for the same loot!
- The most elusive and valuable strongholds of the Blood Raiders and Order of Tetrimon can only be found by obtaining a rare escalation from the advanced combat sites.
In addition there are the now traditional login rewards running during the event.
The prizes include skill points, training accelerators, SKINs, and some fireworks. As usual, Omega accounts get all the prizes, while Alpha accounts only get the top row. Be sure to log in every day if you want to collect them all.
In addition, the popular Trick or Treat PvP flag has been set for the event, which boosts the drop rate for items for ships destroyed in PvP, with the dial being set to 90%.
This will no doubt make some pilots quite happy. Be extra careful flying your freighter through Uedama, the suicide gank capital of New Eden.
There are also various discounts on upgrading to Omega which include SKINs as well as some event theme SKINs returning to the in-game store. There is also a a destroyer focused Proving Grounds event running that features boosts to Stasis Webifier range, Nosferatu and Energy Neutralizer strength, and Laser turret damage just to maintain the Blood Raider theme.
In addition to all of that, the patch notes also show that CCP is still adjusting the CRAB beacons introduced with last week’s update, with rewards and the requirements to build the beacons being changed up.
There was also an exploit notification posted about CRAB beacons. Don’t get caught doing that trick now. CCP is watching. (Also, another reminder that players will find every flaw in CCP’s plans.)