In a move that surprised many citizens of New Eden, the powerful low sec pirate alliance Snuffed Out has decided to join the Imperium. Details are still sketchy, but around the same time this evening Imperium News Network published an official announcement and representatives of Snuffed Out posted the same on Reddit.

Initial reactions range from disbelief to enthusiasm. To see a notoriously idiosyncratic pirate group like Snuffed Out fold into the ranks of the Imperium might have seemed implausible until quite recently, but over the past six months or so, Snuff and the Imperium had been working together in a “blue but not really blue” type of relationship.

Perhaps the influx of new members after that other old pirate alliance Project Mayhem disbanded (membership grew from under 500 to almost 800) gave the Snuffed Out diplos enough clout to drive the best possible bargain? Or did Snuffed Out simply respond to CCP’s latest development announcements and the alleged death of low sec by leaving it entirely?

In any case, this is a very interesting development that will undoubtedly be discussed for days to come. Stay tuned for further updates!