CSM Meeting – November 7th, 2019
As always, there’s not any specific information to share due to the confidentiality of the discussions.
The group reviewed the community’s reaction and sentiments to the various presentations at EVE Vegas.
There was discussion of some Security related issues.
Plans for the ‘Winter’ CSM Summit were locked in. (seems like it’s always winter though in Iceland…)
Brief discussion of player activity and economic trends post-Blackout.
Progress on several features in development was reviewed.
EVE Vegas revealed many of the plans and discussions that the CSM was a party to previously, being made public.
As several CSM members had publicly said they were ‘cautiously optimistic’, I hope you can see why. A quick response team with 2 weeks sprints is ambitious, but a good plan to enable CCP to react to game needs in a more timely manner while longer term efforts aren’t derailed.
Clearly there remain significant concerns in the community about several major topics.
Hunting – Many ‘hunter’ playstyle people were very frustrated with the end of Blackout and weren’t happy with the overall gist of announcements at Vegas. This is understandable. For many, Blackout was invigorating, and it’s loss just as demotivating. I’m hopeful that CCP will continue to try to serve up good things for the hunters without overall negative effects. While I am personally cranky over moving Ansiblexes, I hope that it serves up the fights that people are looking for regularly.
Umbrellas – The prevalence of supercapital umbrellas remains a significant issue of discussion within the playerbase. There is no clear player consensus as to what should be done, nor does there appear to be a change on horizon that radically changes this meta level strategy. The issue remains a topic of discussion between CCP, the CSM, and the wider playerbase. This is a tough one to solve in a way that won’t lead to Blackout style disinterest in logging in. I believe that change is possible, but expect to be more a series of smaller changes rather than singular dramatic change. But who knows, there could be more chaos in store…
Big Vision – The drumbeat for a roadmap remains strong with many players. CCP presented a middle ground of a series of quadrants with themes that get’s rolled out over time. We will all see how it goes. Long term roadmaps have been an issue as the game and priorities change rapidly and that makes sticking to long term roadmaps difficult.
T2 Salvage Drones – There is widespread dismay that these still do not exist yet. Extraordinary measures may need to be taken to get attention on this critical issue.
I’m probably not covering your specific concern here, so feel free to contact me directly if you want, my contact info is here.