EVE Online is one of the most popular and truly free-form MMOs around — but that free-form nature comes at a price, as EVE is also one of the most difficult-to-get-into MMOs around.
CCP’s John Lander, Executive Producer on EVE, is aiming to change that. “I want to try and reduce that barrier of entry to playing EVE. I don’t ever want EVE to be nice and fluffy and it’s a wonderful place to be. I think there’s a place in the MMO world for a dark and dangerous, really good sci-fi world where you can be the goodie, the baddie, a criminal, the Good Samaritan. But it’s very important we allow as many people as possible to get access to that game.”
Lander was discussing the changes that CCP are planning to make to the game when upcoming expansion Retribution launches, including an overhauled interface, targeting, Crimewatch, and further unrevealed systems. “That’s just the first step in making it so you don’t need a degree in playing EVE Online to be able to play EVE Online,” said Lander.
“Retribution is a great foundation for what I’m calling the second decade of EVE,” he said. But, he added, “we don’t want to dumb our game down, we don’t want to make it easy.”