I’ve been reading Jester’s Trek with some fascination the last few weeks. @RipardTeg is one of the better bloggers that I follow in Eve, and from the start I would like to say I have great respect for his blog, and for his writings. Now with that out the way, I need to comment on parts of the posts the man has made the last few days.
Everyone and their dog has read the Eurogamer interview with CCP’s Hilmar. A lot of the people, including Jester, seems to feel that the apologies of Hilmar are real and that he is proverbially falling on his sword. I don’t agree. I’m more on the side Trebor of the CSM’s view on the matter. Those that made the shitty decisions are not the ones who are taking the fall.
One particular part of the interview that has me worried, and that is the basis of this uneasy feeling I personally have, is regarding this part of the interview, where Hilar states: But some of my concerns right now relate to whether the CSM is maybe focused on a particular aspect of the game and I’m starting to get feedback from players that they worry the CSM is too pre-occupied by a certain playstyle.
I’ll admit, previously the CSM has been seen as a paper tiger, almost helpless in getting CCP to pay attention to changes that were desperately needed in the game. How many times did I see the question on the #tweetfleet “Hey, can someone actually list anything the CSM has accomplished?” during the CSM election time. Seeing this, The Mitanni (whom you may loathe or love) stepped in, manipulated the votes, and started getting the ball rolling to save ‘Flying in Space”.. as he himself writes here, CCP cares about two things, their subscription numbers, and their media image. Without being able to directly influence the subscription numbers, they went after the media image.
So, to cut a long story short, I suspect Hilmar doesn’t quite like the current CSM, because they weren’t a paper tiger. They hit where it hurt most. Did this possibly force his change of direction, and thus the CSM will pay the price in the long run. Will there be a CSM 7? I don’t know, but I will be watching this space to see the answer.
Looking at the hype around the winter expansion, we can see that CCP is really going all out to try and appease the masses that are still subscribed, and enticing those like me that have let their subs lapse. New ships, and a list of items that have been asked for for years are suddenly being paid attention to. The bloggers like Jester are all really happy to see this happen, and I’m glad for them. My concern is just the last statement Hilmar made in the interview.
Hilmar Pétursson: We are back in the spaceship business.
Why did you leave it in the first place, and when will you leave it again? I don’t share Jester’s optimism. I suspect the players of Eve will get a really good winter expansion, and then the rot will set in again. Twelve months from now, there probably won’t be a CSM, the numbers will have climbed, and suddenly dwindled again as players realise it was a once off ruse to get them back in the game again. Why do I say this? I myself (and note, I don’t speak for anyone but me here), held on for over a year hoping that CCP would fix the game before letting my subs lapse. I paid for three accounts, hoping each patch note would bring fixes to problems. They didn’t. It took me a year to realise that the problems weren’t getting attention. Now those problems and issues are being paid attention to. Those who renew subscriptions again, might hang on (and give CCP a breather) for another 12 to 18 months before lapsing subs when CCP fails them yet again.
…but how long before Hilmar steps out of the spaceship business again? 18 months? Or much sooner based on the above?