An Eve Online Microsoft Excel crossover has been announced (yes, really). You'll soon be able to export Eve Online data directly into Excel, allowing you to work out everything from battle strategy to profit margins, according to developer CCP.
An Eve Online Microsoft Excel crossover? Really?
That's not all CCP announced at Eve Fanfest 2022, though. A series of narrative updates called Arcs will bring a "multi-year journey" for the game's story, allowing players to get to know their home Empires better through "dynamic storylines and events", according to the devs. CCP says Arcs will have similar effects to the way the Triglavian invasion altered supply chains and trade routes, changing and disrupting the world of Eve Online. If you're a newbie, though, don't worry; you'll still be able to enjoy Arcs.
Enhancements to the game's new player experience are also coming in the form the AIR Career Program, which will let newbies choose between the four Eve Online career paths of Explorer, Industrialist, Enforcer, and Soldier of Fortune. Players will then be given recommendations based on which one they picked. CCP says it's also working on improvements like audiovisual overhauls, UI improvements eventually culminating in a 3D HUD, and building skins. Definitely not blockchain or crypto stuff, though.
What is Eve Online?
If you haven't heard of Eve Online, here's a quick primer. It's a space MMO in which you pilot a spaceship and engage in different activities like mining, trading, and exploration. You can also get into combat with other players and with NPC enemies, as well as engage in piracy if you want to; this is a living, breathing world that responds to the way players interact with it. Eve Online has gained a reputation for its persistent economic elements and dizzying statistical depth, but there's also a fully-fledged narrative in there that's constantly being updated by CCP.
You can download and play Eve Online for free right now on Steam. There's also a subscription system available that grants extra benefits, as well as the opportunity to buy in-game currency (both of which had their prices hiked recently). If you're not really much of a space economist, then there's also a first-person shooter in development set in the Eve Online universe, although we haven't heard too much from that project for quite some time. We'll bring you more on this as soon as we get it, as usual.