CCP historians recap one of the most expensive spats in digital warfare.
By Alex Walker on January 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm
There’s battles in EVE Online and then there’s battles. The most recent saw over US$200,000 of in-game equipment blown to pieces, all because one alliance was a week late on rent. But what ensued resulted in the destruction of so many capital ships – remember, Titans “take thousands of man hours to produce, take months to train to fly, and are capable of fitting massive doomsday weapons that obliterate lesser ships with a single volley” – that will have an impact in the EVE universe, potentially forever.
So, if you’re developers CCP, what do you do? Write about it, of course.
“Missed bill payments are certainly not new to the human experience nor are they to EVE Online. Human error has caused many a system to lapse. Sometimes it merely means that another Territorial Control Unit (a flag of sorts) has to be anchored in space to regain control of the system … this particular system however happened to be the staging system for all Pandemic Legion fleets in one of the largest wars to ever be waged in EVE Online,” the post says.
This particular lapse in concentration ended up being the catalyst for what seems to be the final battle for The Halloween War, which CCP says went on for months. The turning point ended up being an overcommitment by one side on a particular Titan, which ended up being traded for five other Titans. “After successfully focusing fire to destroy several CFC/RUS Titans and causing some Russian Titans to jump out of the system with shields and armor depleted, PL/N3 began to overestimate their success and the primary target was switched to the Titan of Sort Dragon, one of fourteen members of the current Council of Stellar Management and the man coordinating all the Russian Forces left on field. His Titan successfully withstood the onslaught more than any so far with the assistance of his entire fleet actively working to repair it and very high damage resistance bonuses. By the time his structure was finally breached, the CFC/RUS forces had killed 5 Titans in return. From this point on, every volley cycle of the CFC/RUS Titan doomsdays put them further and further ahead.”
I can never commit to EVE Online. I tried once, but the size and scale, considering I was on my own and had no in-game friends or support, was too much. Doesn’t stop me from being blown away by the enormity of the economy and the battles that ensue.