EVE's next release scheduled for October 9th
The October release brings a host of light balance changes and will be implemented during a standard duration daily downtime on Tuesday, October 9th.
This release includes tweaks to the Damavik based on community feedback, as well as changes to nullification on combat interceptors, and the introduction of the new Zero-Point mass entangler module.
In addition to this, the October release brings a number of visual fixes and improvements, as well as some changes that should increase performance, including the removal of area of effect damage when a titan class hull is destroyed.
This release also brings substantial changes to ECM mechanics that will allow for more varied counter play and retaliation against pilots using ECM (more details can be found here).
Several changes to ECM are coming with the October release that will provide more counter play options to those who find themselves on the receiving end of target jamming effects.
Pilots who find themselves target jammed will now be able to lock the vessel jamming them, to allow for retaliation and counter play against the effects of ECM.
With the October release, capsuleers will benefit from changes to interdiction nullification that will see the effect removed from combat interceptors (the Claw, Crusader, Raptor and Taranis).
These changes aim to preserver the unique role that interceptors play as scouts and tacklers, while introducing more significant trade-offs for the powerful mechanic that is nullification.
The October release brings several small changes that aim to improve performance, including the removal of AOE damage effects when a titan class hull is destroyed, and optimizations that reduce the amount of unneeded data being sent to the client from the game server when a pilot engages warp.
This release will see fixes to a number of graphical issues, including incorrect display of the structure build effect, fixes for occlusion maps on Gallente frigates and tweaks to several skins and dirt levels.
Triglavian Balance Iteration
Based on community feedback, the Damavik will see some slot layout changes with this release that aim to make it a more versatile frigate.
Losing a low slot and gaining an extra mid slot should make the Damavik more versatile, giving a wider range of tactical fitting options.
New Zero-Point Mass Entangler
The October release will see the introduction of this new module that can be fitted to Heavy Interdictors as part of efforts to balance the use of heavy interdictors with oversized propulsion modules.