Thursday, November 11, 2010

CCP chooses excellence

I was happy to see that the Incursion release will be delayed, not because I don't want it to come out soon, but because it shows a new commitment to "polish" by CCP.  While I have always enjoyed CCP's commitment to cranking out new content, I also really want that content to be of maximum quality.  Blizzard is known for glacial content releases coupled with maximum polish.  This approach has worked out well for them, and I encourage CCP to take the time to do their releases well!
Given that EVE is already unrivaled in MMO legendary status (can you say giant fleet battles and single shard universe?), CCP will benefit greatly from making sure that all new content is mindblowingly good.  Apocrypha was like that, and I am sure they have great things coming down the pipe beyond Incarna!
The Dominion and Tyrannis releases suffered from lack of polish, but CCP seems capable of learning from the past and pushing forward.  We have the commitment (the 18 months meme) to have them re-address some broken systems after Incarna.  I am excited to see where this leads over the next few years.
I prefer to make money with Industry and spend time shooting stuff in nullsec which is "sandbox" material.  While I am not focused on PVE content, I appreciate that the Incursion content will be enjoyed by many players with a different style of gameplay.  The more players that are happy, the more subs help pay for even better content.  Hopefully, CCP will take advantage of multi-core processing at some point to enable an exponential increase in lag-free fleet size!
To sum it up:
Polish + Brilliant Sandbox + reworking older broken systems = best MMO ever. 
Work hard and make us proud, CCP Vikings!

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