leak. The language The Mittani is using, he's actually speaking more to the EVE Online playerbase than he is Goonswarm in many parts of the address. Obviously something meant for public consumption.
I was fearful that with his month layoff from EVE Online, The Mittani, off doing other things -- like wining and dining his wife, walking his dog, creating gourmet meals at home, watching playoff hockey -- that he might not find the will to return to New Eden.
I had nothing to fear.
If anything, the dude is more invigorated about the game, or at least stressing the game, than he ever was before. With the CSM shackles off, he's no longer content with the King of Space moniker. Hell, he's going all out, wanting the Emperor of Space robes and crown.
The Mittani does make this game interesting. He does not think small. Cowboy up or get off the horse.
There are only three things worth talking about from the Mittens update:
This is fantastic. It's of course a play on OPEC -- the petroleum cartel that controls 79% of the earth's crude oil reserves. In EVE Online's version, OTEC controls New Eden's Technetium supplies (I would imagine in the neighbourhood of 90% of Technetium production.)
This is going to be a difficult task, getting the parties to agree on quotas and the like. It should be easy enough for Mittens to control the CFC pets (those that don't tow the line, will find themselves reset and out the door). But what of those alliances in Tribute and Vale of the Silent? ISK always gets in the way of good sense.
What will Mittens do if those in Tribute and Vale of the Silent decide to break from the pact? The obvious answer would be for the CFC to go to war, subsume those regions. I don't think it's quite that simple. If the CFC ends up controlling 90% of Technetium production, that will definitely pit Goonswarm and friends against all of space. That's an onslaught I don't think Goonswarm can overcome. They'd be BoBing themselves.
This announcement is super hilarious. All that Stalinesque imagery in their recent propaganda posters makes sense now.
Speak out against Goonswarm? Expect to hit the naughty list. And the new head of the Death Squads, Warr Akini, will be checking it twice.
What happens when you're on the naughty list? Theoretically, hunted and podded, until you either slap on the kneepads, or quit the game. Whether the Death Squads will have the manpower to track and hunt so many naysayers is up in the air. But the idea is hilarious.
Other than attempting to control the game, to some degree, I think the main motivation here is to force CCP's hand as quickly as possible. Basically, The Mittani is asking Hilmar "What do want this game to be in five years? Do you want this game to continue to be hard? Or do you plan to soften it up to attract the run-of-the-mill risk-averse MMO player?"
The screaming and whining that is going to result from these actions? Reverberation enough to snuff out a sun. CCP will be forced to respond, and how they respond is what most interests The Mittani. It is what most interests me.