This post meanders a bit, but bare with me...
I have said before that one of the virtues that keeps me in EVE is the design philosophy of horizontal expansion. Most of the time, new systems are added in parallel with existing ones. Unlike games where there's a set of loot to earn or a lvlcap bump up another arbitrary 10 levels, EVE's content remains (more or less) balanced around the same basic combat and content engine.
This results in a stable economy and stable content (the capship bpos I bought in 2007 are still worth something and still useful, unlike the corresponding equipment my wow characters had in the same era).
We've been talking a lot lately about new PVE content, new lvl4s, and gutting of old systems (incursions in particular). And I am very much on board with that.
But its also struck me recently that it could also mean a phenomenal amount of change to parts of the game that have been untouched since the beginning. (In fact, the code being so old and insupportable is part of what's driving the sweeping changes). And it will be a unique day in EVE when it happens... Very rarely do we see the outright scrapping of an entire system.
I struggle to imagine a day when Aba couldn't login to silence the informant in the way he's known since 2004 or so. The mission system, for all its warts and evils has been so fundamental a force for me in EVE that its absence will be noticed and perhaps even missed.
There will be a system to replace it, no doubt. CCP has said as much, and the improvements are much needed. But to make an analogy, we live on 10 acres in a 3200 sqft home today that is better in every way to the 1000 sqft starter home we came from. But that doesn't mean I don't look back fondly at the old place, or sometimes think enviously of the young couple living there now, enjoying its simplicity.
And so ahead we grind, seeking our loyalty points and standings and salvage from a system that is in dire need of replacement. May that patch day come soon, and may we appreciate the new system for the opportunity it presents and the significance of its existence considering the horizontal expansion philosophy of EVE.