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Sleepers: A taste of the future?

January 24, 2015

24th January 2015 – Singularity (Test server)

Reports are coming in today that sleepers have been spotted creating what appears to be a wormhole on the test server. This is a new AI behavioural development that could introduce the prospect of new gameplay and travel mechanics.

Test server features are generally quite interesting because they provide an insight into what may be to come on Tranquility. In this case, it is particularly interesting given the Day 3 notes from the Winter CSM summit which highlighted CCP’s desire to introduce advanced AI features gradually over the coming patches and releases.

Reddit user tgl3 shared his experience and some screenshots. Credit for these images goes to him.

What are these structures? Will they be destructible? Will they drop loot?

The user then goes on to reportĀ on twitter that he was able to take some screenshots before the server was taken down.

Initial reports suggest that the wormhole at this stage was labelled “Unidentified Wormhole” and players are unable to enter. A new “Drifter Battleship” was spotted however there exists no in-game model as of now except for a red cross.

The current located sleeper “wormhole spawns” appear to be guarded by a sporadic mixture of sleepers.

As far as NPC news goes, this is really good stuff. We’ve already had reports of Circadian Seekers on Tranquility following players around, and Pandemic Legion member JEFFRAIDER reporting an attack on a POS via twitter. It’s clear a lot of work has gone into the AI behaviours and it seems we have more to look forward to.