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Hello everyone!

CCP Fear reporting from Team Kuromaku. Our team is delivering a beautiful new character selection screen for Rubicon, the newest EVE Online expansion which will be arriving on November 19th. It will provide you with a great first impression of EVE as well as being more user-friendly than ever. Moreover, it will load super-fast, allowing you to quickly get to the good stuff of making ISK and blowing stuff up!

Fast and loose!

Two of our most important goals on this project were fast loading and an improved user experience. These are among the criteria we set ourselves, and they played a large role in how we defined and structured our work. Setting and maintaining clear, explicit goals is one of the prime design practices, as doing so helps us guide the project from day one and gives us a point of convergence for all our crazy ideas so that we are consistently moving in the right direction.

We believe in the importance of being able to immerse yourself in EVE without delay, hesitation or long waiting times. All work was optimized to make everything load quickly, and all designs we decided on had to take speed into account.

For instance, during the initial concept phases of the project we explored the idea of showing characters in full – something many of you have requested in the past on the forums, at Fanfest or at the many player gatherings around the world. However, once we started digging into it we just couldn‘t justify the amount of client load we would cause as we want to get you into the action as quickly as possible. The concept conflicted with our main goal, and had to go. We need to make decisions like this all the time, and goal-oriented design is incredibly helpful in keeping us focused.


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Simplicity is key!

Improving the user experience was another of our top priorities. To begin with, we streamlined the whole screen, ensuring that not only were all characters of equal proportions but that they were unquestionably the most prominent thing on your screen. We also felt that along with the actual portraits of your New Eden personas, the most important part of your view was the information displayed on each of them. You will now be able to see information about all your characters instead of just one at a time, providing you with a much easier way to decide which character to enter the game with.

In tune with our emphasis on fast loading, your choice won't take long, either. Each character’s information is more visually recognizable and structured than before, which allows you to get an immediate at-a-glance view. Icons are presented in a more minimalistic fashion, and hint at any changes since your last log-in.

As the screen is also now the first impression of the game client we wanted it to be themed by our great artists. We've incorporated tools so that the artists can change the entire color scheme to fit alongside whatever background we're using at any given time. This means we can have a dramatically different screen with each expansion.

The redeeming system has gotten a well-deserved makeover. If you have any items to redeem, you'll see at the bottom of your screen a panel that can be expanded to reveal them. Each item can then be drag-and-dropped on top of a character to place it in their respective hangar, and the same rules as before will continue to apply – the character needs to be docked, and items you place in the redeeming system can only be accessed in that particular station.


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Lastly, we have included timers for those on PLEX, ETC or trial accounts which will show the days remaining on your subscription. This is also available for multiple characters in training.

You can try out the new selection screen on our test server, SinguIarity right now or wait until Rubicon hits Tranquility on November 19th.

On behalf of Team Kuromaku I hope you will enjoy our new screen. If you have any questions, we have a forum thread here to provide the answers.

– CCP Fear 

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  • Space Dude

    uhm, looks good I suppose.

  • Bring the Pain

    Is CCP saying that we are blind and not able to handle all the information on the screen as it is? Hows about working on something relevant like Tidi rather than making things look different…..

    • Barkaway

      Erhm well there are ppl working on tidi..

      • Bring the Pain

        And making miraculous progress that we are not privy to I’m sure. The actual Rubicon release we would all like to see isn’t “look at the pretty new start up screen” it’s “we have been working our asses off and Tidi is now real time”

        • Ghost

          Yes but to do that they’d have to re-write eve python code into something modern like C++ and that’s 10 years worth of code. Now i recently petitioned ccp to ask them why they arent doing this and their response was. “Eve is a fully completed game” I couldnt stop laughing for ages 🙂

          • Bring the Pain

            Ok, that made me laugh out loud people were looking at me and i couldn’t stop, By the way if its completed why are they writing new releases… just saying

    • Dumbcunt

      Because the Art Department now works on server infrastructure…oh wait they don´t. I would agree though that there other tasks at hand, like fucking proper new commandship models.

  • jeuntique

    This is going to be hilariously bad. Think of it as Launcher Part II

  • Jaime Gomes

    I think i was just called a retard. Am i so stupid that i need that layout to understand who to pick? I honestly like the aesthetics of the new character screen selection but in terms of functionality i prefer the current since we can see news, links for patch notes, etc. And fuck the dam launcher. Damn thing irritates me.

    • Karel

      You don’t need to use it , just use the exe file in your BIN folder …. search and you will find instead of whining .
      But thnx for the delicious tears though !

      • banned username

        that exefile is nearing the end of its days according to ccp

        • -me-

          I never use the launcher. Can you run multiple accounts on the same pc if you use the launcher?

          • -you-

            yes

  • Bawk Bawkbagawk

    i think he is the dev in charge of “things we do instead of fixing bugs or adding content”

  • machpilot

    They could merge the client with this “character selection screen” and support multiple accounts in the process.

    • Bring the Pain

      They COULD do allot of things unfortunately its never what we would like to see maybe they should listen to CSM delegates…… forget it.

      • Billbo

        CSM? You have a better chance seeing a fly on shit than that lot doing anything

        • durp

          you think?

      • wtfyoutryingtosay

        Allot means to give something to someone..you want “a lot”.

        You spell checker is not wrong when it is telling you “alot” isn’t a word….forget it.

        • Bring the Pain

          Oh the pain of the troll… I feel the blood boiling, Not! Are you a butt hurt CSM agent?
          And you were close to the meaning,
          Allot – to divide or distribute by share or portion; distribute or parcel out

          • wtfyoutryingtosay

            Sorry – I did not realise you were 12.

  • Lalauzor

    OMG I HAVE to come back to EVE, this character selection improvement makes SUCH A DIFFERENCE! Good Job CCP!

    • Kweetniet

      Dont forget the new player experience for alts and the treelike graph showing which ships you can fly when everyone has at least already 40M sp

      • CCPme

        yep especially when CCP is working overtime to drive away new players from the game, leading new subscribers from steam on deathmarches into null gatecamps. That took care of a need for new player experience. Mission accomplished CCP

  • okay

    Did i seriously just read 9 paragraphs on a character selection screen?

  • Andrew Metzger

    All those asking if CCP thinks you are retarded, yes, yes they do.

    And for good reason…

  • derp

    In other news, CCP has decided to nerf RLM’s into the ground, giving them less sustained dps then normal light missile launchers. Also, we’ve decided to make interceptors broken, and remove solo pvp from the game.

  • FORREAL

    U BITCHES COMPLAIN TOO MUCH

  • Hello??

    A complete waste of dev resources and time. You want to save your players precious time? How bout switching characters without having to restart the whole damn client? fucnuggets

    • guest

      That is basically impossible with their current infrastructure setup. Talk about waste of dev resources.

  • Kama Kairade

    Someone needs to do a CCP voiceover.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVDAk0eK2Wo

  • Lord Hamphington

    nice look. now go do something useful.

  • My body is ready

    Well I suppose the launcher has all the news and wot-not,,,, I actually like this selection screen.

  • yoyoyoyoeastsidewestside

    CCP, more fluff!!! less content please!

  • Guess

    Looking at the pic it looks like their adding extra char slots, giving you 4 by default and other 2 being unlockable (purchacable from store?)

    • hgfdkk

      No its showing you the ship etc that particular char is in.

  • Anon

    This screen looks alot like the character selection screen for DUST. (Albeit with EVE specific things, such as showing what your current ship is)

  • login

    And when will the logout button bring us back to the character selection instead of the login screen / launcher?

  • tidi

    Oh wow, i can log in faster to join the big Fights with 10% Tidi

    • Ray Comfort

      Stop complaining about featuresets, not bugs. Get it right will ya? You’re prolly some scrublord Goon with your finger in Mittani’s lovehole.

    • WatermelonChickenJesus

      Tidi is an improvement. I rather have tidi than the old black screen or freeze.

  • skill points, lol scanning….

    well who cares, new players still need X years to get competitive…

  • WatermelonChickenJesus

    JUST BRING BACK THE ANIMATED LOG IN SCREENS. but this looks rather nice. I don’t understand why people are complaining.