Nothing to Fear over Micro Transactions in Eve
Players of the popular space faring MMO, EVE Online, were sent into a bit of an uproar over the weekend when minutes between a meeting of the Council of Stellar Management (a player elected body) and developers suggested that there was going to be a push for microtransactions in the game. Rumours quickly started flying around that these purchasable items would give distinct advantages in game.
However, now the CSM has come out and said that’s not the case, and that it’ll mostly be for clothing and other aesthetic items; though there was still some disagreements at the meeting in question.
“We have been repeatedly assured that there are no plans for ‘gold ammo,’ ships which have different statistics from existing common hulls, or any other feared ‘game destroying’ virtual goods or services,” The head of CSM, “Mittani” said.
“We have expressed our deep concern about potential grey areas that the introduction of virtual goods permits, and CCP has made a commitment to discuss any proposals that might fall into these grey areas in detail with CSM at the earliest possible stage.”
EVE senior producer Arnar Gylfason assured, “There are no plans, and have been no plans, as per previous communication and CSM meetings, to introduce the sale of game breaking items or enhancements in the NeX store.” He added, “The investment of money in EVE should not give you an unfair advantage over the investment of time.”
The recently introduced paid transactions which came about as part of the “walk about stations” expansion/update, allowed the purchasing of outfits and other visual items for between $5 and $60. The player base had no problem with this, but got all riled up when an internal memo seemed to hint at better ships, ammunition, and weapons for EVE, console tie-in shooter Dust 514, and CCP’s World of Darkness MMO.Turns out that that’s not the case.
“We believe that the situation that has unfolded in the past week has been a perfect storm of CCP communication failures, poor planning and sheer bad luck,” The Mittani concluded. “Most of these issues, when dealt with in isolation, were reasonably simple to discuss and resolve, but combined they transformed a series of errors into the most significant crisis the EVE community has yet experienced.”
CSM Mittani and CCP Zulu also released a short video discussing the outcome of the meeting that they had.