Tag Archives: PCU

The Experience & A Look Back

I remember my first two weeks in Eve like they were yesterday. I remember my trusty Velator appearing on screen and immediately being overwhelmed by the overview and sidebar. There was so much to take in and it felt like I would never learn what ever module in the market did. Even such, I was still excited. The aspect of the game that really pulled me in was community. From player run corporations to Alliances. It was amazing that you could be rating in empire with a guy sitting thousands of miles away in front of his computer (or her!).

It wasn’t just the in-game things that pulled me in, but the out of game happenings. index_01There were blogs, alliance tournaments, podcasts and even a TV show dedicated to this great game. This brings me to EveTV.  They were out of money and CCP was unwilling to help them in any form that would keep it going at the time. I watched previous episodes and it immediately struck me as plain stupid that CCP wouldn’t keep something like this going. Something that really gave this game something that no other MMO offered. It’s cutting things like this that speak volumes about how much the company cares about the community outside of the game. Apparently the alliance tournament used to be hosted every 6 months but is now once a year. With PCU up and the possibility of plenty of new subscriptions in ’09, it makes me wonder if this will bite CCP in the ass. I can’t begin to ponder why they wouldn’t spend the relatively low amount of cash to fund specific events and programs outside of the game that really pull in new players and keep the veteran pilots interested. Per player investment for these types of programs must be relatively low.

Let’s face it, CCP NEEDS to make Eve standout from the pack. None of us are quitting our subscriptions because EveTV is gone or the tournament is only every year now, thats clear. But what will speak to CCP is stiffled growth. They have a massive investment in servers and programming. What pays off for them is when subscriptions go up and more people are paying for the experience they have created. Essentially more bang for their buck off their initial investment. Thats the great multiplier of programming.

Hopefully CCP realizes in the future that the CAN cater to new and old players. They need to keep in mind the entire experience they are creating, and not just the game itself. FanFest is a great start but I think they can do a bit better. Bringing back EveTv in some form for a bi-weekly show would also be a good start. Hopefully they agree.

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PCU and the road ahead

Its been obvious news, the PCU (Peak Concurrent Users) count has been rising steadily for the past few Sundays with last Sunday reaching over 48k. This is great news for the game but it presents a trend that could create serious issues if it continues.

Average daily server POP seems to be higher than it was this summer. The general feeling is that server POP does increase during the winter months when more players are indoors and log on. The question is this, does the higher PCU mean more people signing up or just more existing players logging on during the winter months? It’s yet to be seen if the subscription rate is actually increasing. If so, there are issues CCP could run into.

I’m fairly confident that as a whole, the server can handle quite a few people at any given time. What is a concern is single system crowding. Systems like Jita are rapidly growing and one has to wonder how many concurrent players in system the server could handle. There is also the matter of region crowding.

With the March expansion and the release of a retail boxed version of the game, you can certainly expect subscriptions to rise. Time will tell how this affects the game.

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