In a dev blog posted on February 4, CCP announced plans for a new monument to commemorate the epic clash that broke numerous world records. While the dev blog does not specify when the monument will be deployed, it does contain a seemingly complete 3D render of the object itself, suggesting it may be available on Tranquility sooner rather than later.
The art piece itself clearly represents the major highlights of the battle well – it is a semi-circle built in the style of a Keepstar, and contains a glowing structure at the center. Judging from the artist’s description, this center object may contain either the names of the players involved, a diorama of ships poised for battle, or both. The glow and spherical nature of this object additionally gives the impression of a cynosural field, though this specific facet was not mentioned in the artist’s description.
The size of the structure is unknown, though the artist described it as “imposing”. Given the vast size of a Keepstar – and the small lore notes hinting that the structure was built from the wreckage of the titans that died there – the new monument is likely to be massive. No doubt this location will be at the top of the list for sight-seers traveling New Eden for years to come. A fitting end for the wreckage generated by the years of stockpiling and grudge building that ultimately resulted in the most expensive battle not just in EVE history, but all of video game history.
It is also good to see CCP putting effort into commemorating this historic event with a proper marker. The previous record holder, the Bloodbath of B-R5RB, was a 21-hour slugfest that held the title for more than six years and also received a monument – Titanomachy – which was far more limited in nature. The Massacre at M2-XFE tripled the ISK losses of the previous record, with an estimated PLEX value in excess of $375,000 USD.
For more information about the Massacre at M2-XFE, you can check out CCP’s dev blog, view CCP Aperture’s or INN’s stunning images, or check out any of the numerous articles written by the gaming press.
To all the players involved: congratulations. You have made history, once again.