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Nullsec and Sovereignty Changes
The evolution of sovereignty brings new modules and new gameplay to the theatre of war. In this release, three components take center stage: the Entosis Link module, Asset Vulnerability Window, and the Occupancy Defense Modifier.
Whether you're carving out a tiny corner of a star system for your group or hellbent on constellation-wide domination, the Summer 2015 Nullsec and Sov Status Report has got you covered with:
- Entosis Link Module details
- Defense Multiplier charts
- Links to major feedback threads
- An early look at the new UI
- Nullsec Ore content tables
Entosis Link Modules
The Entosis Link module sits at the core of the new Sovereignty system. It is a targeted high-slot module that can be activated on the following structures to influence the balance of control:
- Territorial Claim Units
- Infrastructure Hubs
- Station Services
Activating the Entosis Link on a structure you own will enable or protect it, while activating an Entosis Link on a structure you do not own will disable, reinforce, or capture it.
Occupancy Defense Multiplier
The more active your alliance is in your space, the greater the defense multiplier is, increasing reinforcement bonus and also narrowing the occupied area's vulnerability window.
Asset Vulnerability Window
Having your assets attacked and raided while you are asleep is never fun. Under the new system, alliances can set vulnerability windows to increase their opportunity to defend their assets. This also means attackers looking for a fight have a better chance of getting some good PVP rather than just shooting at structures. By default, each new structure is set to the alliance's chosen vulnerability window, however the alliance can later change that on a per structure basis.
Cruiser Burner Missions: Angel Cartel
When the stakes rise among the pirate factions, it's a guarantee the Angel Cartel is somewhere nearby. The latest burner missions pit you against the infamous crime syndicate in cruiser-level challenges that truly put your skills to the test.
Ship SKINs: Marauders
Marauder pilots will find several new appearance options in the New Eden Store.
- Gallente Kronos - Police SKIN
- Amarr Paladin - Blood Raider SKIN
- Minmamtar Vargur - Thukker Tribe SKIN
- Caldari Golem - Kaaliakiota SKIN
Caldari Naga Gets an Improved Look
The Naga is going from beautiful to gorgeous with a brand new texture set, improving its overall look without altering its deadly gunboat shape.
Physically Based Rendering (PBR) Updates
Using Schlick’s approximation for the Fresnel factor, a distribution model from Trowbridge and Reitz (GGX), and a Schlick-Smith-based visibility function, we've created a realistic look for our non-organic objects that far surpasses what the Phong Reflection Model would have been able to deliver. For those who don't speak geek (yet): We've made ships, turrets, capital wrecks, and drones look even more detailed and amazing than ever before.
We've consolidated the named modules and improved the faction variants to provide you with a wider range of viable options in each of these three categories of modules
- Propulsion modules
- Shield extenders
- Armor plates
Caldari Jackdaw T3 Tactical Destroyer
The Caldari join the Tactical Destroyer club with the new Jackdaw. Unleash a barrage of rockets and light missiles at extreme ranges in Sharpshooter mode. Fly circles around your opponents in Propulsion mode. Reinforce your powerful shields with Defensive mode.
Indirect Lighting Improves the Space Scene
Objects larger than your ship now reflect light back at you, bringing more realistic shading and scene composition to the EVE universe.
New Overview Icons
New Brackets and Overview Indicators are more intuitive and uniform, allowing players to assess their surroundings quicker and easier.
- More intuitive - Ship groups can be identified in combat, improving target calling and shortening decision making. Stations with different core purposes will have unique icons to identify their primary purpose.
- Uniform - The overview, starmap, market and ISIS all share the same set of icons, making it easier for you to quickly recognize the information or items you are looking for, no matter where you are in the client.
Carnyx Theme Song
Get your Carnyx music fix at Soundcloud and browse the growing collection of EVE Online songs.
Alliance Logos Published
Represent! The first round of logos approved under the new system are live on Tranquility. Alliances active for over six months can once again create and submit their own custom logos. Requirements, specs and the easy steps for submission can be found in the devblog.
Drifter-inhabited Wormhole Systems
An alarmingly large Drifter presence has been discovered in recently revealed wormhole systems, increasing concerns among capsuleers and Empire leaders of a possible invasion.
Drifter Sites and the Hives Within
Capsuleer expeditions into Drifter-inhabited systems have uncovered large Drifter populations. Several fleets have pressed beyond the initial waves of Drifters and have found massive hives hidden deep within the systems. Pilots are also reporting the discovery of Elements, which seem to be unique to these hives.
Ship SKINs: Sisters of EVE
Always on the forefront of innovation, Sanctuary have introduced a collection of SKINs for the Astero, Stratios and Nestor. We'll be releasing one Sisters of EVE SKIN a week during the month of June, so watch the New Eden Store for new additions.
Summer Balance Changes
We've done some fine tuning to several ships and added a few new modules to mix things up a bit. Ishtar, Tempest and Battleship pilots will find some interesting changes in Aegis.
Missile System Balance
Two new modules, Missile Guidance Computer and Missile Guidance Enhancers, expand your options in setting up the perfect missile ship. Heavy missile users will also notice an improvement to damage, and a slight reduction to torpedo volume.
Gallente Ishtar Adjustments
We dialed the Ishtar back just enough to bring it in line with other ships of its class, while still maintaining its place as a great drone boat. Drone Damage Amplifiers now do slightly less amplifying, and adjustments were made to the slot layout and some speed stats.
Keeping it simple on the Battleship front, the current balance pass bumps the Minmatar Tempest's rate of fire bonus from 5% to 7.5%.
Aegis Theme Song
Shield yourself in the melodic tones of the Aegis theme song, available at https://soundcloud.com/ccpgames, EVE Online's growing music archive.
Gallente Hecate T3 Tactical Destroyer
The Gallente Federation Navy round out the new collection of Tech 3 tactical destroyers with the Hecate, a sleek and deadly vessel with multiple battle modes.
Caldari Cerberus Hull Redesign
Lai Dai's famed Tech II variant of the Caldari Caracal has be reimagined with a unique hull design. The upgrade also allows the ship to take advantage of the latest shader and texture updates.
Enhanced Visuals: Environmental Content
The last of the mission structures and objects have their effects and textures enhanced with the latest round of visual updates.
New Sovereignty System - Vulnerability & Time Zones
In this next set of major changes to the Sovereignty system, the Entosis link expands to all sovereign structures; vulnerability windows take effect; and constellation-wide capture events and Freeport mode mechanics become active.
Fleet Warp Mechanics
A single pilot warping the entire fleet to personal locations, such as probe results, has been removed to make fleet travel and strategy more engaging. Expect to see new tactics emerge as scouts become more important than ever.