I've been trying to sum up my feelings on EVE lately. After a generally surprisingly good EVE Vegas experience, some 'meh' things have happened.
- I was underwhelmed by fanfest, I have little use for citadels in their current incarnation, and while the capital ship changes are good follow-thru from Vegas, I was hoping for new and exciting things in 2016 beyond fixes for null.
- I've been largely disappointed by the non-announcement that PVE staff and devs had been redirected, or at best floundering. Check the CSM minutes and read the Team Astro Sparkle entry (pg 32) and try to figure out wtf is going on with PVE. If you can figure it out, you might want to explain it to CCP, because it appears they don't know either. Best I can tell, "PVE" has been relabeled to "engagement" which is actually more about "holiday events." It smells like a team with changing scope, poor management commitment, lack of clear goals, and no near-term deliverables. In my day job, I call these "failed projects."
- The PVE roadmap that CCP Affinity talked about apparently never happened. (Note, I remember CCP Affinity making a comment on Sugar's blog about providing a roadmap, but now I can't find it and the bitter in me makes me wonder if the promise were deleted or perhaps it was all a troll/hoax).
Lately, I have written pages and pages of draft blog posts that basically sound like "I'm Abavus Durden. I quit, but you can't have my stuff." And then I delete them, because that's not the message. I'm still here, I'm still a customer of CCP, but I'm not entirely sure where I'm going or what the future looks like for my part of the game. So I've said nothing, waited patiently for clarity, and written more about bikes.
And then Neville Smitt comes and writes this post that almost entirely captures my current sentiment. Go read and support if you're of a similar mindset.