EVE Vegas 2014: Getting players involved in EVE’s development

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Back in 2011, EVE Online developer CCP Games was rocked by controversy when players outraged over the Incarna expansion’s microtransactions and CCP’s indifference to player feedback spoke with their wallets and quit the game. In what became known as the monoclegate scandal, an estimated 8% of players quit, and CCP eventually laid off 20% of its staff worldwide. Some tough lessons were learned about keeping players looped into the development process, and CCP began involving players more closely in the development process.

At EVE Vegas 2014 today, developer CCP Fozzie looked at the ways that CCP gathers ideas and feedback from the community. As a sandbox MMO with a very dedicated community, EVE is in the interesting position that many of the players know more about the game than the developers themselves and can identify problems with ideas very early in the development process. Plans are now announced earlier in development to gather feedback, some new features are now made optional on release to gauge usage, and failed ideas will even be rolled back if necessary.

During the talk, Fozzie confirmed that each SCRUM team within CCP focuses on one particular area of gameplay and that player ideas are often brought into internal meetings for discussion. A new rig named the Higgs Anchor is even being introduced based on player suggestions; it will decrease movement speed by 75% but increase agility to make it easier to align to warp out if hostiles approach the player’s location. If this level of player participation keeps up, hopefully disasters like monoclegate will never happen again.

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WoW Moviewatch: Sylvanas’ Legacy

It’s always fun to see different interpretations and visualizations of well-known events in lore. Today’s Moviewatch is the story of Sylvanas’ fall, put together by Youtuber Jaley Muffinz. The story is pretty straightforward, and one that we’ve seen told before in a variety of different books, short stories and novels: Sylvanas Windrunner defends the forests of Quel’thelas from Arthas as long as she can, and isn’t allowed the mercy of death, instead transformed into the banshee who eventually reclaimed her body and became leader of the Forsaken. Sylvanas’ Legacy isn’t really covering new content here, it’s simply retelling one of Warcraft’s classic tales.

This seems to be the first large-scale project for Jaley Muffinz, and it’s a pretty ambitious hunk of history to tackle, but Jaley does a good job for a fledgling effort. The models are awkward at times, but the film does use the older models, and there’s a limit to what those models are capable of doing. Jaley also rounded up a variety of voice actors for the various roles in the film, and they do a decent enough job for people that don’t do this on any kind of professional level. It’s a little rough around the edges, but for a first effort on something of this scale, it works well enough, and shows plenty of potential for future projects down the road. I’m hoping we’ll see more of Jaley Muffinz as time goes on here — it’s going to be fun to watch those skills develop and progress.


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LotRO’s ‘current plans’ not impacted by latest layoffs

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Turbine’s latest round of layoffs won’t affect long-running fantasy MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online, according to community manager Andy Cataldo.

LotRO Players reports that Cataldo elaborated during a Twitch stream and said that the firings will have no effect on Turbine’s current plans for the game. Cataldo did not reveal whether or not “current plans” refers to the game’s pre-existing development roadmap or the plans that have already been shared with the community and which run through the end of 2014.

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The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite SWTOR class ship?

swtor bhship The Daily Grind: Whats your favorite SWTOR class ship?

I’ve been dabbling in Star Wars: The Old Republic lately. I know, I know, but 12x experience plus Star Wars equals a re-sub. Anyway, I’ve gotten another couple of class stories out of the way, and thus have been exposed to another couple of class spaceships.

Thus far the Bounty Hunter’s craft is my favorite, but I’ve still got the Inquisitor’s to see before I can crown the best SWTOR spaceship. What about you, Massively readers? What’s your favorite SWTOR ride?

xcoffee.jpg.pagespeed.ic.7kXrvT6Upj The Daily Grind: Whats your favorite SWTOR class ship?Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today’s Daily Grind!

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Final Fantasy XIV announces its first expansion, Heavensward

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The Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival is currently underway in Las Vegas, and the keynote speech brought with it the big announcement many people were waiting for: The game’s first expansions has been announced for spring 2015. Heavensward will focus on the city-state of Ishgard, as seen in the trailer embedded just past the break.

Gamer Escape’s liveblog of the keynote notes that the expansion will feature a level cap increase to level 60, new jobs, a possible new race, new primals, new high-end content, and the possibility of a new race. More information will be available at the London fanfest taking place next week. For now, players will just have to speculate a bit on what the future holds. (The smart money, of course, is on dragons. Lots and lots of dragons. It’s kind of an Ishgardian thing.)

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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BlizzCon 2014 Online Merchandise sale begins

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