I was asked earlier this week if the sov changes are really going to come in June and July. My answer was, "Hopefully." It was hopefully because the Icelandic Office Workers Union was voting to go on strike and a huge number of the employee's at CCP are a member of this union. If they went on strike, depending on how long they struck for, it could have done horrible things to the development plans. However, on Friday they announced that they have comet o a deal. This means that CCP's stuff will not have to strike and everyone gets to eat waffles.
Then there was the launcher news article. It first came out saying that the exe file would no longer launch the game. This caused a lot of rage. There are several reasons for this. The launcher itself has constant problems for some players. It does not allow log ins and needs to be repaired. I had one of these earlier this year and had to do a full reinstall. It is also a very limited tool. Many players with multiple accounts have multiple settings across these accounts. It has been asked for the launcher to understand individual log ins and maintain individual settings. The article has since been updated and the exe file will still be used. But, in its current form, the launcher is not ready to be the only way to log into Eve.
Tuesday is release day. The patch notes can be found here. No more, "Shoot the station services," as I was once taught. You'll need to tote along someone with an Entosis link. It will be interesting to see how people handle this.
A random goody tucked in there is that secondary lighting from ships and stations has been added. Eve used to have a dark side and a light side. Now with the planets, stations, and other ships casting light the environment will be much more interesting.
There is also change to pilots with a criminal flag and their ability to refit. Criminals are not suspects. Still, this was a surprise pointed out to me before I was able to read the patch notes and one that I did not know about. In low sec you pick up a criminal flag for podding and not much else. Still, it makes me frown a bit. I've been rolling over scenarios where this could be a problem. I am not familiar enough with criminal activity in high sec to know what action it is stopping. I'd love some discussion on this change.
Icons will also be changing on Tuesday. I've played with them. I'm not in love with them and I don't find them to be visually more understandable. There is visually more of them and the difference between them is more noticeable than the gradient of red cross size that we have had for so long. I'm up in the air about it. I, however, predict enormous fall out and anger from the player base that does not visit Sisi when they log in on Tuesday and their overview and in space icons are all different. Rollbacks will be demanded. I then predict a lot of random deaths and mistakes in general as people learn the new icons.
Corbexx hosted a soundboard with CCP Nullarbor. The soundcloud can be found here. Ransu Asanari took notes as well. I've totally stolen the google documents link for everyone.
I missed this weeks meeting. It was again on a work day. Such is the curse of time zones. Last year most meetings were on my days off. This year, I'm missing most of them. They are recorded and I come home and review the recording to keep up. I also missed my own plan to run an open Q and A. However, I have a horrific cold and while my incoherent dithering through my NyQuil soaked body may amuse some, I doubt it will provide any quality. I will try to run it two weeks hence on my next weekend off.
I am very, very happy that we are taking these first steps for Sov. The reason is not because I am interested in playing Fozzie Sov. The reason is much more selfish. I need the sov rework out of the way so that I can get back to work on all the other things on my agenda!