Just Saw the Tyrannis Trailer

May 7th, 2010

I just saw the trailer for the new Tyrannis expansion for EVE Online, and I wanted to share it with you, just in case you missed it. EVE trailers took a turn from the mundane to the exceptionally well produced with the Butterfly video. Note, however, that they are WELL PRODUCED but completely misrepresent the actual game. Take a look for yourself.

Now, could someone can show me how Gallente ships fire massive beams that one-shot Caldari ships, please? Though I've often wished to use weapons like that to blow up other players who are exploiting the open game system to harass and grief other players. You know, I could turn this post into a giant rant about EVE Online's lack of any semblance of respect for its PvE players, but I won't; I'm just sticking to the trailer. It looks cool, at any rate.

You'll notice, however, that it once again focuses on hammering home the misguided notion that EVE allows individual players to play significant roles in the universe. Most worrying is the tagline "all these worlds are yours" near the end of the video. Of course these worlds aren't actually yours. In fact, the vast majority of players will never even see whatever interface will be added for planetary control. The promo site claims that there are over 60,000 planets and anyone (including New Players? hahaha!) can claim a planet and found a colony. Really? If it's anything like every single other mechanic in EVE Online, a few rich and powerful players will take control of everything. I hate to be a party-pooper, but the whole wormhole effort that was supposed to open content to new players just added more exclusive content for a rare few players and left most players eager to find adventure in exploration lost in the dust.

Eh, well, EVE is designed for the Corpies. Theoretically, I suppose it could actually be good for players in a good corp, but with my 3 for 3 failure rate at joining a fun corp, I really wouldn't know myself. /bitter

Posted by: Soulrift

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