The latest newbie experience revamp is paying off for EVE Online as CCP Games dabbles in blockchain powered collectibles. With the launch of an app store, player-generated items are becoming tradable commodities on a platform that has been serving over 8 million players since 2003.
For residents of the largest sci-fi sandbox MMORPG in town, EVE Online’s new dev blog has a few teasers and backpats in store. The game’s newest new player experience, according to CCP Games, has resulted in a “30% rise in the average duration of a player’s first session in EVE, and a significant jump in NPE completion rates.”
The studio promises additional beginner experience enhancements, including animation instructions and more information, as well as a new mining assignment. It’s also developing new possibilities, such as landmark-oriented missions, to assist new pilots in getting their bearings, as well as a makeover of EVE Academy. Meanwhile, veterans may anticipate the following skill plan upgrades: “Look forward to being able to drag ship fittings into a Skill Plan to automatically fill it with the fitting’s requisite skills in the November update.” Corporation Skill Plans, as well as a new Skill Plan Manager position, will be available to players in December, allowing companies to develop, preserve, and share specialized plans with their members, laying a solid foundation and framework for new recruits.”
In other CCP Games news, Alliance Tournament XVII starts tomorrow, and it will include NFT collectable kills. ” Each death that happens during the tournament will be immortalized on the Tezos blockchain as an NFT (non-fungible token) of the killmail. The murderer will be the listed owner of this NFT, and they will be free to do anything they want with it: sell and trade these limited-edition photos, or horde them as trophies.”
Whether you’re wondering if CCP Games is aware of the situation… Yes, it is aware.
“We are acutely conscious of the environmental effect of cryptocurrencies, which is why we chose Tezos as a partner for this initiative.” The Proof of Stake technique used by Tezos to verify blockchain transactions is a very energy-efficient method that utilizes two million times less energy than equivalent Proof of Work networks. With an estimated power draw of only 200mWh per token and a maximum of 4000 NFTs being minted, the total power consumption of the entire production process will be less than it takes to run a mid-tier gaming PC for three hours – less than a single viewer watching only a tenth of the Alliance Tournament would use.”