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Despite my facetious twitter post regarding the CSM’s role in Icelandic pubs this week, I was genuinely eager to take a peek at exactly what our space votes have been getting us. We’ve been treated to a comprehensive 22 page document detailing the particulars of what was discussed at the Winter Summit this week. A quick summary of some interesting points follows.

CCP Fozzie took the lead at the start of the day with some fancy spreadsheets regarding wormhole space and a spike in activity with the release of Thera. Below I have outlined the key topics and the bits I’ve decided may be interesting. Consider it a tl;dr.

AI Behaviour

CCP outlines their new model for AI behavour:

  • Scope for further development of behaviours such as podding, calling in reinforcements, warping around system, etc.
  • An understanding that it is for *new* NPC’s, meaning they would wait for a finished system before making changes to existing content such as mission NPCs.
  • Behaviours are being slowly introduced to allow players to come to grips with the new behaviours.
  • The prospect of a “new” mission system in the works creating constant, dynamic world content as opposed to static missions was introduced.

User Interface

CCP Opened the session with a brief presentation on their goals. These are not outlined in the document.

  • *Old style* window transparency can be achieved by disabling blur and setting transparency to minimum.
  • A list of issues including buttons that are too small and addition of contrasting themes were discussed with specific development problems relating to how a button “can’t just be changed” and its “knock-on” effects.
  • The idea of placing the “broadcast” button in a module slot was suggested.
  • The idea of allowing players to create a custom UI was shot down, as CCP wishes to keep a consistent aesthetic for eve.
  • Extra “control schemes” are in development which will allow EVE to be controlled through voice commands or keyboard shortcuts.
  • The concept of “eye” tracking was discussed with a vague suggestion it’s a technology CCP might be looking at.

    New Player Experience

    The old chestnut, it seems this department is always very busy! So after a brief introduction to the recent work of the Dev team the attention of the session turned to feedback and suggestions.

  • A prototype for “conversation request” to be added to the popup notification system is in development.
  • An “achievement” system may possibly be implemented. This may also allow corporations to create achievements for their members.
  • An idea for a “rotating corporate task” list was discussed enthusiastically.
  • Route sharing via the in-game map is in development.

    Cinematics

    This was a Q&A session directed at the team in charge of making pretty videos. Not a lot of future development was discussed due to the nature of the team and what they do, however a couple points of note:

  • This is Eve” widely praised.
  • Team is currently working on the Fanfest trailer.
  • The idea of following fleets around and recording fights was received well by the team.

    Fanfest 2015

    This is perhaps the section I was most looking forward to reading, I may or may not be at Fanfest this year (work permitting), but I always find the stories and events fascinating. It looks like this year CCP plans on sticking with the “let the players do the talking” motif. (Following the “This is Eve” idea.)

  • Registration will be open from Monday this year to cut down queue lengths and times.
  • Keynote times are to be earlier to accommodate roundtables and presentations. (I still think they should cut Apothne off mid-presentation.)
  • More player presented content.
  • This year there will be a “testimonials” booth (*cringe*).
  • Party on Top of the World will not be open to non-attendees this year. (SausageParty on top of the world returns!)
  • More tickets for Fanfest have been sold than last year.

    Customer Support

    GM’s were given a chance to introduce themselves, and from the notes it appears nobody took the initiative to scream unintelligibly at them, so it appears this year’s CSM have enjoyed a pleasant customer service experience.

  • A new beta “resource center” is being used by the team to monitor workload.
  • A team that monitors the people monitoring now apparently exists to make sure things get done faster and more effectively.
  • Feedback is now forwarded to developers, as opposed to the players, resulting in it being forwarded to the forums.
  • A video project that shows new players how to do things is in development.
  • GM inconsistencies in dealing with issues was raised and ticket waiting times but no response is outlined in the document.
  • The idea of more transparency on the process of banning was well received by CCP.

So there we have it folks! CCP has done a fantastic job this year of making the minutes available so quickly, and we look forward to reading what will be discussed on Day 3. If you’d like more information on what the CSM is, who the CSM are and how to get involved, follow this link.

– Phantra

  • Yagsi Tros

    FREE TESCHAN

  • Billbo

    “This year there will be a “testimonials” booth (*cringe*).”
    It is truly a shame this was not available at last year’s fanfest, I would pay money to see the testimonials from the “Project Legion” presentation….

  • Sorrowsbane

    Nice summary – thanks.

  • Lynne

    Did the author not read the wormhole section clearly enough? Fozzie states on page 4, ”

    CCP Fozzie also added that there are a few people living in the Sansha wormholes, but it’s lower than
    other systems. He also mentioned that it’s novel to see bounties coming from wormholes.”
    HOW!?! 😀

    • fermaguel

      I’m cringing at the retarded achievement. Thing.

      • Frans Bovens

        Its tied into the pulling in and retaining new players to make eve grow and hand tools to set that up to corps ratehr then have ccp think what players might need. Its a huge and epic change people underestimate

        • fermaguel

          Depends entirely on how the final product operates. It can either be a helpful tool for corps to direct and reward members, or be a huge embarrassment of a” feature”

          • 10yrBitterVet

            New players, especially the “play station generation”, like awards and shinies they can brag about their homies. Nothing brightens a mother’s day more than knowing Little Johnny has been awarded the “Nastiest Muttherfucker in The Valley” trophy for the 127th time. ;P

  • Bawk Bawkbagawk

    “Scope
    for further development of behaviours such as podding, calling in
    reinforcements, warping around system, etc.” future NPCs will pod players? oh that will generate some tears and rage.

    • Frans Bovens

      Yeo 🙂 think twice aftehr a patch before shooting the sleeper so u dont awaken the sleeper titan muwhaha

    • Guest102

      Yes but times have changed and are still changing: 1) clones are free now, no SP loss 2) It was recently brought up they might eliminate attributes which could reduce the number of implants you feel need to be installed.

  • Alison King

    *Old style* window transparency can be achieved by disabling blur and setting transparency to minimum – yes but the flashing ui and crappy colours schemes still remain !

  • wat

    Contrasting themes I want to happen. It’s useful when you’re alt-tabbing multiple characters, so you can immediately see which character you’re on.

  • Thatguy

    Isn’t there already an achievement thing in place under the name of certificates?

  • Dick Hauser

    Corps can already create “medals”.. whats the point of achievements? That`s the worst suggestion ever. On the other hand we already have the golden ships…. COD iiinnn spaaace…! Fuck that.

    I dont understand why personalized UI is bad… we had it for how many years? Are CCP afraid they will scare away a customer if the customer sees a pink UI on a stream? I really dont understand why CCP needs EVE on my computer to be visually appealing to someone in Iceland that never sees it.

    What is a “testimonials booth”?!

  • Dick Hauser

    Corps can already create “medals”.. whats the point of achievements? That`s the worst suggestion ever. On the other hand we already have the golden ships…. COD iiinnn spaaace…! Fuck that.

    I dont understand why personalized UI is bad… we had it for how many years? Are CCP afraid they will scare away a customer if the customer sees a pink UI on a stream? I really dont understand why CCP needs EVE on my computer to be visually appealing to someone in Iceland that never sees it.

    What is a “testimonials booth”?!

    • Frans Bovens

      1.In line with the succes of this is eve movie ccp is goign to record poeple s individual stories and motivations to follow that line
      2. The ui thing is hard indeed, noone said its bad, its a mix of techinical things to maintian and what we want for the broad audience
      3. Achievements is a different thing, imagine u can set up training and goals for new pilots and it pulls rewards or wnated doctrine ships from a corp pool.. Just dreaming off for a second.

      Alot of this is a focus from official stuff to letting poeple and players decide their eve and future, its looking nice so far wat they shown

    • lol

      Its basically a way to make you think that your getting new content but in fact they are re-branding the product…Its marketing 101

  • Matterall

    CCP lulu (is it?) is ridiculously effective – getting these notes out so fast. What a great change!

  • Guest

    About damn time they work on voice commands. Bet it’ll suck compared to Voice Attack though.

  • CommonSense101

    Extra “control schemes” are in development which will allow EVE to be controlled through voice commands or keyboard shorcuts.

    It is about damn time. Doubt it will be better than Voice Attack, but at least they’re doing something.

  • Jonny

    I really dont like the idea of an acheivement system… This is eve, we make our own acheivements and systems and we dont need theirs.