CCP wanted to draw your attention to something impressive that the players of EVE Online accomplished last week – the destruction of the largest, first fully-operational player structure in EVE history, a Keepstar class Citadel. Standing a staggering 160km tall (for reference the first Death Star was around 150km in diameter) and fully kitted out with defensive superweapons capable of tremendous damage, destroying such a structure takes tremendous planning and a whole lot of firepower sustained for hours on end
Apparently tis the season for spectacular Sci-Fi space operas 🙂
The Siege of M-0EE8 unfolded in dramatic fashion, breaking the record of most players in a single solar system (5,337) with 7,507+ unique characters jumping into the system throughout the siege. As is the case in EVE’s “sandbox gameplay” design, it was all imagined, organised, and motivated by the players themselves, and is the culmination of a month’s long conflict between thousands of players known as the Tribute War, named after the region of space in which it raged.
You can read about and gain context for the Siege of M-0EE8, check out pictures, read player recaps, and see other videos in the dev blog posted last Thurday: https://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/siege-of-m-oee8/
Of particular note in the dev blog are the SCOPE videos, a lore-based in-game news reel that CCP regularly produces about player-centric events that reacts to how EVE’s inventive pilots decide to play within the universe. The two SCOPE videos created for the Siege of M-0EE8 include a mix of real player testimony from important players, player-captured footage of the battle itself, and some bells and whistles thrown in by the EVE development staff. A true news program for a virtual world filled reporting on real, compelling events.
Following November’s EVE Online: Ascension expansion, all players past, present, and future now have the option to join the EVE universe and its unique gaming community and play for free—forever–with the introduction of the Clone States feature.
Logins, participation, and activity have been consistently up across the board. With a brand new New Player Experience, there’s no better time to test one’s gaming mettle in EVE Online, which Killscreen called “the game Science Fiction warned us about.”
**To get a sense of scale of the citadels, check out the following videos:
Ascending an Astrahus Citadel (in 360). Astrahus citadels are the smallest of the Astrahus, Fortizar, and Keepstar line.
Astrahus Citadel vs Empire State Building. Another way to check out how massive these cities in space actually are.
Citadel Fly By. A great view of the citadels up close