CCP Omen brings us a dev blog on PI, somehow managing both overstatement and understatement in a single sentence.
Planetary Interaction is good, but it isn’t excellent.
Oh yeah, we know. PI is one of those features which CCP have used to drive the point home about iterative development. The real question is: what’s the next iteration of PI going to do to improve things? Well, Omen tells us.
Here’s some stuff you can expect in Incursion.
- Upgradable Command Centers will allow players to increase and decrease the CPU/Power capabilities of their colony without having to tear it all down (existing undeployed command centers will be migrated to the new system).
- Only the first Command Center must be bought and hauled in space, after that there is no longer a need to haul command centers in order to upgrade
- Surveying has been radically revamped and will allow players to create extraction programs that span anything from an hour to 14 days!
- Extractors can now be moved when in program creation mode
If you’ve fiddled at all with Planetary Interaction you’ll understand how each and every one of these points is a drastic and much-needed improvement over what is currently in place.
What’s more, these changes have been inspired by input from our very own CSM representatives who proposed several excellent improvements to CCP. This only serves to prove once more that CSM is not only an endless source of entertainment, but also a functioning communications pipeline for improvements to EVE.