Tomorrow is the big day. Everything is in place. The fans have all arrived in Iceland. The schedule has been published. Things will start happening soon enough.
There are a lot of things going on at Fanfest, presentations from both CCP and players, roundtables, the crazy CCP Games Games, and the big party at the end of the event.
But the make or break is likely to come at 12:00 UTC, when the 90 minute EVE Online Keynote address is slated to begin. There is pressure on CCP right now. They are raising the cost to play the game and, in return, as a reward or justification, we have been led to believe that we will be witnessing what might be the biggest content update CCP has ever announced for EVE Online.
I have speculated as to some possibilities, but those of us looking in from the outside won’t really know until Hilmar or CCP Burger or whoever gets up to speak for the game tells us what it is about.
And it is making me a bit nervous for the game. I have been hard on CCP over the last year or more, though not without justification to my mind. They grabbed on to an economic philosophy back at the end of 2020 that seemed to seek to punish the player base and make everything more difficult and expensive, all in the name of some distant future vision for the game. But the reality of business is that tomorrow doesn’t matter if you screw up too much today.
So the pressure is on. I hope they have something big to announce, because I am afraid of the backlash if they don’t. Overall I want the game to succeed.
This week also sees the 19th anniversary of the launch of the game, with is celebrated with Capsuleer Day, and event with login rewards, in-game content, and the usual round of other activities.
The event was also covered in the latest video from The Scope, the in-game news service that reports from within New Eden.
Also mentioned in the video are rising tensions between the Caldari State and the Gallente Federation over the disputed Intaki system.
Now I wonder if this is the lead-in to some new story line content in the game. Could this pertain to the big announcement? We shall see tomorrow at 12:00 UTC I suppose.
Or maybe you will see. That will be at about 5am local time for me, so I am pretty sure I will still be asleep.