CONCORD has been working on a major upgrade to the Encounter Surveillance System (ESS) and the new version is finally ready to roll out. The new ESS will come online alongside the Dynamic Bounty System (DBS) and together they will reshape ratting in Nullsec as you know it.
The original ESS was meant to offer Nullsec residents the chance to juice up their systems with better bounty payments at the risk of having of their earnings stolen by roaming player pirates. The concept was strong but clever players highlighted several cases – including risk/reward-related and deployment location issues – that exhibited much opportunity for improvement. With lots of learning now in-hand, the aim is to revisit the concept with more focus on creating a flashpoint for conflict across Nullsec.
Like the current ESS, a percentage of bounties generated in the solar system will be delivered to the ESS rather than the player’s wallet. Unlike the current ESS, the take will now be split between two banks:
For those wanting nitty-gritty details, you will have to wait until the feature is live and log in to discover them.
The new ESS will have a unique set of on-grid rules to encourage good fights and avoid troll-like tactics. The ESS rule set, which affects a 75km radius around the structure, contains the following:
Together, these conditions will demand commitment from anyone hoping to get their hands on someone else’s hard-earned ISK. Of course, the meta that develops around the ESS will be monitored and adjustments will be made as needed.
All-in-all there is much excitement to see how this new version of the ESS pans out. More action for residents and roamers alike will emerge as players plan heists and protect their space.
Fly it like you stole it!