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The next phase of CCP’s ore redistribution plan takes effect in mid-October, according to a devblog released today. In a devblog from March, CCP announced they would reduce the overall income potential of mineral extraction by committing to a three-step plan, consisting of phases called Shortage, Re-Distribution, and Dynamic Distribution.
In today’s announcement, CCP rolled out Phase 2 of their plan: Re-Distribution. This change designates certain security regions of space as the exclusive farming ground for specific minerals.
Tritanium will be exclusive to high-sec; Isogen and Nocxium exclusive to low-sec; and Zydrine, Megacite and Morphite exclusive to null-sec. CCP expect that this change will see more movement in low-sec, an increase in mining ship losses, more market transactions for minerals, an increase in refining income, and a change of mineral prices. At least the latter is already occurring, with Nocxium spiking heavily in price.
The announcement was met with almost universal disdain by current CSM members. Phantomite hates the change and the way that CCP told the CSM about it. That sentiment was echoed by others, including Vily, Torvald Uruz and Brisc Rubal. Uruz echoed the community’s sentiment, that the change is a “shit show.” Kenneth Feld, when asked about the CSM’s input on this change, said, “[the CSM’s] input wasn’t required or desired.” He said that there was no meeting in which the change was communicated. This is in stark contrast to the March devblog, in which CCP claimed that the initial communication was in cooperation with the CSM.
Goonswarm member Angry Mustache argued on Reddit that the change will disproportionally hit null-sec and Wormhole miners, and lead to non-rewarding gameplay in null-sec due to anomalies (which can be affected by players) still being less attractive than belts for mining. In the ensuing discussion, some had the impression that CCP was either not forthright in their communication, or did not do their research before planning this change.
If this change affects you, or you are interested in hearing more about it, CCP invites players to tune in to CCP’s Twitch stream today, at 18:00 EVE, where they will discuss the changes with The Bastion executor Carneros and veteran market trader Caleb Ayrania.