EVE Online is seeing concurrent participant numbers recurrently hit the 40,000s every weekend, which is the healthiest determine for the reason that center of 2016. That’s in line with senior model supervisor Sæmundur Hermannsson, talking with us forward of EVE Fanfest immediately and the start of the third and remaining chapter of the continued Triglavian Invasion storyline.
“Just now, the entire world is at dwelling, so each type of leisure is in fact having a bump, however the enhance in on-line participant numbers is a development we’ve been seeing since August/September final yr,” Hermannsson says. “So the pandemic has not modified any development, it’s simply accelerated it. […] We are actually over the weekends hitting recurrently 40okay concurrent gamers, and we have to return to mid-2016 to see these numbers regular.”
A dev blog from March expands on this. As a part of a significant crackdown in opposition to botting, EVE’s participant numbers decreased “noticeably”, since when “concurrency has greater than absolutely recovered, however as a substitute of bots now we have a number of real new gamers taking their first steps in EVE alongside returning veterans. A considerable portion of the event workforce is working exhausting on embracing these new gamers.”
EVE has lengthy had a status for being impenetrable, even intimidating, in its depth and complexity, and the builders have been decided to shed this. Outreach was a giant a part of final yr’s Invasion World Tour, which stopped in 9 cities in 9 nations in 9 months.
“We hammered dwelling at each cease that we had been specializing in new gamers and investing within the basis expertise of EVE. And we discovered that whereas the veteran group understood the place we had been going – as a result of extra gamers for them means there’s extra content material in a sandbox MMO – we additionally wanted a segmented give attention to the veterans too, which is the place our quartet system is available in, with these extra frequent iterations of content material and steadiness adjustments for them.
“This funding is paying off, and it’s for the long run.”