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The Hunt Event Returns to EVE Online

The Hunt event landed today in New Eden and will carry on for the next two weeks, until downtime on April 13th.

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Live now in New Eden

The first thing most capsuleers will notice is a new series of login rewards to go along with the event.

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The daily login rewards for The Hunt

The prizes for that include SKINs, skill points, boosters, and event related items.  As usual, Omega pilots get more prizes than Alphas, but if you upgrade to Omega during the event you can go back and claim the prizes you missed.

In addition to that there will be special Guristas combat and exploration sites popping up.  They will only be accessible to frigates and destroyers and will only appear in Caldari lowsec space and the Venal NPC null sec region.  The low sec sites are said by CCP to be tuned for T1 frigates and destroyers, while the Venal sites are tuned for T2 frigates and destroyers, though I expect that your mileage may vary.

As with last year’s event, there is also a 50% drop rate for capsuleer implants during its run, so you can expect to get podded very quickly if your ship gets blown up.  Players are going to want to crack that egg-shaped capsule to see if you have any goodies plugged in that they might be able to grab.

Then there is the usual Abyssal Proving Ground special event for those who like to twink their ships for arena PvP.

There are also specials in the New Eden Store, an Omega subscription deal that includes Multiple Character Training, and CCP is even throwing special SKINs at you if you visit their long neglected physical merchandise store.

EVE Online and Quadrant 2

With no EVE Fanfest this year… maybe I was premature in marking my prediction that 2018 would be the last one as wrong… we were instead treated to a video premier of the trailer for the Quadrant 2 update.  Called Eclipse, it follows the Fight or Flight quadrant and highlights CCP’s desire to… I don’t know… change cadences every couple of years?

Eclipse is coming our way next week

We have quadrants for quarter releases and Team Talos for releases every two weeks plus the usual monthly update plus… and expansion too?  Or are quadrants in lieu of expansions?  I don’t know.  But they made a pretty trailer.

 

It is very pretty.  The trailers often are.  But it doesn’t tell us much straight up.  Lots of Triglavians running around and, towards the end, what appears to be a CONCORD gate getting powered off.

The gate just before it goes dark

Does that mean the Triglavians will be shutting down travel?  Re-routing traffic?  Will they be cutting off choke points?  We shall see.

Also not dispensing much information was the news post about Eclipse.

The one thing we did learn is that the next event coming up will start next week.  Called Let The Hunt Begin, I don’t think those are Easter eggs we’ll be going after.  Or maybe they are.  Capsules look like eggs, no?

Coming soon

The blurb for the event says:

First up for the Eclipse Quadrant will be the return of The Hunt on 6 April, a time of year when Capsuleers will undertake their now-annual egg hunt! Players will hunt down and scan capsules in order to gain access to special event sites, and potentially valuable drops. This will be an event with smaller ship classes like Frigates and Destroyers as the focus, so pilots with less experience and fewer skills trained can get involved. During The Hunt, player pods will have a chance of dropping their implants as loot when destroyed, so get podding!

Starting an event on a Monday rather than a Tuesday is a little out of character, but maybe they’ve lost track of days the way so many of us have when force to work from home for weeks.

Then, earlier this week, CCP post about the EVE Online ecosystem.  Therein they graded themselves on how the game and the economy was currently doing and set out some goals and high level plans as how to improve things.  How that will line up to concrete changes in the coming months is unclear.  It is easy to say, for example, that you want dynamic distribution for mineral resources, it is another thing to implement a system that both won’t be abused and won’t drive away a chunk of the player base.  Change is tricky.

Finally, there was a mass test on Singularity where people got to see the new Avatar model, which is also featured in the trailer.

The new Avatar model

I’ll have another post about that at a later date.

Anyway, there are things to look forward to I suppose.  We shall see what we get.

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