Devblog: Concord Ships

Rhivre 2017-06-19

On June 19, CCP Falcon released a devblog clarifying the CONCORD ship releases. These had caused some controversy when they were released on June 14. The original assumption was that one Pacifier would be given to everyone who attended Fanfest, along with one Enforcer for those who booked early enough.

When the ships were finally released, over two months after Fanfest, one was given to every account belonging to those who had bought the Fanfest tickets. As a result, some people were eligible to receive several hundred ships.

This, combined with the high level of frustration that Ghost Training had not been declared an exploit yet (It was declared an exploit the day after the CONCORD ships were released), led to an outpouring of anger on Reddit. This was further compounded by the initial replies from CCP, which underestimated the level of anger that players had.  The ships on the day of release were selling for upwards of 500m for the Pacifier, and 1.4b for the Enforcer.  CCP Falcon later made some additional posts which went some way to reassuring players that CCP were aware that the release of the ships may have been handled badly.

It is worth mentioning that the initial devblog on June 14 stated that in the near future, the ships would be available from in-game activities. This was enough to put many would-be speculators and investors off of buying into the Pacifier and Enforcer, but the prices still held at around 1.5b for the Enforcer and 500m for the Pacifier.

Explaining and Clarifying

In the devblog today, CCP Falcon explains why they gave one per account:

Given the delay between Fanfest and the distribution of the hulls, and the fact that these hulls will soon be available more widely, these were awarded on a per account basis as a bit of an extra thank you for the wait that occurred before they were gifted.

He also restates that any ships or the ISK from selling them that belong to accounts that used Ghost Training will be confiscated.

There is also an explanation of how handouts of future event rewards will be handled

Going forward, any mass rewards gifted as part of ticket sales or other events will be issued via a one-time redeemable code delivered either via email or as a physical card.

The CONCORD Marshall Battleship, to be given to those who attend both Fanfest and Eve Vegas, will be handed out via these one-time codes.

In-game availability

The BPCs for the Pacifier and the Enforcer will be available through the second Project Discovery activity. This launches in the July patch (July 11), and involves assisting in the search for exoplanets.  The addition of these to the Analysis Kredits store will give something of more interest to the wider Eve community than the current offerings, which are clothing and boosters. Given the limited interest in the current rewards, there are players with millions of AK, which, if transferred to the new Project Discovery, will mean there is likely to be a good supply of the BPCs from day one.

They will also be available later as drops in events.

The Marshall will be limited to attendees of Fanfest and Vegas until December when it will also be added to the Project Discovery store.

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Comments

  • Caleb Ayrania

    If my AK gets reset I will NOT be happy.. However that means that pricing in AK, will need to be decided based on existing “stock”, or people might start speculating in doing a lot more Project Discovery up to December.

    June 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    • Rhivre Caleb Ayrania

      Yeah, that is an issue they need to keep an eye on.

      June 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm
  • Dirk MacGirk

    An “extra thank you” was the ships per ticket holder as swag for attending Fanfest. It created a minority of EVE players able to benefit, but that was fine. The advertised deal was the deal. The decision to change the deal and base it on linked accounts was an extra extra thank you. This created a stratification of the existing minority by the number of accounts linked to the ticket owner. The more accounts, the more benefit, even if the overall value of each ship was diminished by the increased supply injected into the game. Not to mention that it also created an issue related to Ghost Training, but that is being resolved as part of the larger crackdown on the exploit.

    Overall, the decision to change those rules after the fact, creates an issue of fundamental fairness. Those not going to Fanfest were never in the equation to begin with, but even those who did attend benefited to a much different degree than would have been the case based on the original offer. When viewed in isolation this is reasonably considered a minor issue. Hell, it’s probably a minor issue now. However, in an age when players with 100+ accounts exist, and there is already dissatisfaction rearing its ugly head for various reasons, the logic and timing of this decision takes on greater meaning.

    June 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    • Rhivre Dirk MacGirk

      They changed the deal on both sides. Adding it to Project Discovery makes it way more available than even most people imagined.

      June 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm
      • Dirk MacGirk Rhivre

        To quote Aunty Entity: Bust the deal, face the wheel.

        June 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm
      • Bryan Frye Rhivre

        lol right! Give them one ship per one person and give them 1 sweet skin. Its not like this is the first time CCP sat around waiting to make things right while keeping mum, till they even had to retro-activity make it right.

        June 20, 2017 at 7:12 am
  • Dave

    Anyone with literally hundreds of accounts deserves a lifetime supply of Concord ships to make up for whatever went so horribly wrong with their life…

    June 19, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    • Dirk MacGirk Dave

      A+

      June 20, 2017 at 12:26 am
    • Alot Dave

      Wouldn’t suggest this distribution scheme from the get go but I do agree that anyone with hundreds of accounts is welcome to these things.

      Ps. Story amused me greatly.

      June 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Bryan Frye

    One of many reason I myself am not going to Vegas this year. It was cool the year prior with the email and getting that sweet Hyperion skin. Not as sweet this year felt so disenfranchised in the community I sold mine from last year the second I got home.

    June 20, 2017 at 6:56 am