The Hunt starts in New Eden with the March update
From March 20th through to April 3rd, capsuleers will be able to enjoy the latest event in New Eden.
The Hunt begins as pilots across the cluster are tasked with finding Guristas installations scattered throughout New Eden and putting an end to their illegal cloning research.
Collect derelict capsules before they’re stolen by Guristas forces and turn them in for rewards, as well as collecting agency points by completing various challenges for rewards that include Cerebral Accelerators, a new module, Boosters and event exclusive SKINs.
The Guristas, one of EVE Online's most notorious pirate organizations, are stealing pilot capsules across New Eden. Aiming to use this expensive technology to further their own cloning agenda, you are required to defeat the pirates, complete challenges within the event sites, and collect derelict capsules before they are stolen.
How to participate
Find The Hunt event sites in The Agency tab in game. Once you've plotted a course to the nearest site, undock and warp to that location. Take on all Guristas Pirates you come across and don't forget to collect empty capsules in the Facilities and turn them in before they do! You can enjoy loot drops and Agency points for any objectives completed, eventually unlocking further rewards with your gathered points.
Jump Fatigue Iteration
Jump Fatigue will see some significant changes in this release, including a 95% reduction in the cap on fatigue accumulation, ensuring that capsuleers are free to move around more freely and engage in combat further afield.
A reduction in the Jump Fatigue Timer takes the maximum possible fatigue accumulation from 4 days to 5 hours, and also results in a Jump Activation Cooldown now taking the maximum possible cooldown from 9.6 hours to 30 minutes.
Jumping & Tethering Iteration
Alongside other changes to Jump Fatigue and Sovereignty Capture with this release, capsuleers will also benefit from iteration on tethering mechanics that will make it a little riskier to travel from structure to structure via cynosural field. There will now be a slight tethering delay after jumping through a cynosural field to a destination structure.
Sovereignty Capture Shakeup
The March release will also include a set of tweaks to the Entosis Link module and to Sovereignty capture events. The primary goals of these changes are to shake up the sovereignty combat metagame and give pilots new gameplay options to optimize and master.
With increased score gains for node capture, as well as a reduction in the number of starting nodes, and an increase in random spawning, capsuleers will encounter a more streamlined experience. In addition to this, changes to the Entosis Link will provide for more varied gameplay and more tactical options when engaging in Sovereignty capture.
More Balance Iteration!
Pilots across the cluster will benefit from balance changes to several hulls with this release that are aimed at keeping the combat meta in New Eden fresh and engaging. Increases in lock range and cargo capacity for battleships as well as the ability for Attack Battlecruisers to fit Medium Micro Jump Drives are coming, as well as a number of tweaks to several Battlecruisers and Heavy Assault Ships.
The Monitor is the first ship in a new group called “Flag Cruisers”. It will be completely focused on survivability at the expense of all other attributes, intended for pilots who absolutely need to be able to survive uncloaked in a battle. It has no cargo bay, weapons, or drones, and focuses on staying power to allow fleet commanders and other important pilots in a major engagement to stay on the field longer.
As part of the continuous work to provide solid quality of life changes and iterations, this release will see a host of small changes aimed at making the life of a capsuleer more convenient. From color coded fleet watchlists to the inclusion of ship types in broadcasts for remote repair, as well as more filters in module comparison and additional tooltips, there’s something in the March release for every pilot!
Dramiel “Sariel’s Flames” SKIN
With this release, capsuleers will be able to enjoy the release of the latest animated SKIN, as well as a little bit of history around its origins. It’s a Dramiel. Its spikes are burning. Literally on fire. In space.
New Chat Backend
With this release, capsuleers will be able to enjoy the introduction of a new XMPP based chat back end that’s coming to New Eden.
While the appearance of the chat system won’t change for now, the underlying technology behind it is undergoing a radical upgrade to improve server performance and to provide more flexibility for future development.
Retirement of EVE Voice
As we look more and more toward the future and prepare for the journey toward the third decade, the retirement of EVE Voice with the March Release opens new potential for the EVE Online client and allows for further performance improvement work and futureproofing of New Eden, making the world a better place for every capsuleer!
As part of The Hunt, there’ll be a number of SKINs available both as loot drops and in the New Eden Store. Keep an eye on the news and your wingmen to see the cool color combinations coming with the latest event.