Surprise Summer 2009 Expansion

Bimjo on the EO forums has nicely compiled the major points of a patch coming in summer 2009 that was revealed during Fanfest today.

New Exploration
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unstable wormholes
new scanner and map
new skills and modules
all used to explore and find stuff to make T3 components

UI modified

Epic missions,do storyline then go to next stage(involving the unstable wormholes

lots of new T3 ships
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very customisable
components to build your own version of ship

NPC AI

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that pretty much everything in this is a welcome thing.  I’m pretty curious how they’re planning out customization, and hopefully it’s more than just cosmetic.

More details are no doubt forthcoming by CCP, but this is some pretty big news.

Update 1: A recording of the Live Dev Blog can be found here.  Thanks to whoever uploaded it!

Update 2: Someone recorded a video of ship customization.  Check it out here.  Whoa…

Source: condensed version of summer 2009 expansion

Quantum Rise Patch Notes Live

The patch notes for Quantum Rise are finally online, and folks can now see all the details of the upcoming expansion.

There’s a godawful lot of changes coming in this patch, and may of them have huge effects on a lot of players, so I encourage everyone to check them out to see how their experience is going to change. Most notable of these modifications to the game are the changes which rebalance ship speeds, and the addition of the industrial-focused capital ship, the Orca.

Quantum Rise is due to go Live on 11 November 2008.

Source: Build 69018 Patch Notes

Massive Gamer Magazine Debuts

MMOs are a tricky beast to cover. The usual gaming media sites are general purpose, and that’s just fine, but those of us who play MMOs know how different they can be from regular games.

Enter a new player in that arena, Massive Gamer Magazine. Brand spanking new, it’s both a website for ongoing MMO news, and a monthly magazine.

It’s not being run by just anyone.  Dana Massey (formerly of MMORPG.com and Warcry) is taking the reins, along with an impressive co-pilot:

I’ll be joined by Sanya Weathers, known to many by her maiden name Thomas. Sanya was the Director of Community Relations for Mythic Entertainment and is known throughout the industry for her wit, sharp tongue and no nonsense attitude.

Things just went live, but coverage is already very active.  Check it out!

Source: Massive Gamer Magazine

Quantum Rise Feature Page

The feature page for the new EVE expansion Quantum Rise is now online, listing all the goodies we can expect from the upcoming expansion.

Certificates, medals, speed changes, UI enhancements (YES), new gates, new music…  whew.

There’s not a LOT more information there than what’s been previously announced, but who knows what’s to come that they’re holding back — what with Fanfest so close at hand.

Source: EVE Online: Quantum Rise

Massively Spotlights: Me

Well, I’ve been spotlit.  James Egan of Massively.com, probably my favorite resource for MMO news these days, has done an EVE Community Spotlight, and this time it’s yours truly.

Answering questions like these, one tends not to realize just how much you’re typing until it’s done, and suddenly you’re staring at a short story’s worth of text.  But I hope folks enjoy it. 🙂

Give it a read, sound off in the comments if you like, and thanks again to James for the opportunity.

Source: EVE Community Spotlight: Winterblink

EVE Blog Pack Tweets

TwitterMany of you are aware of the EVE Blog Pack. It’s a kind of bloggers consortium organized by CrazyKinux to provide EVE players with a way to easily find and subscribe to the generous helping of EVE bloggers out there.

Well, we’re also into the Twitter thing too. Well, some of us are. Twitter, for those who don’t know, is like microblogging. Short messages, SMS sized for brevity, are sent around between contacts. It’s easy to follow others and get that content delivered to you Twitter home or a portal device like a cell phone.

If you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to on there, here’s a list of the Blog Pack members who’re also tweeting.