Last month CCP announced impending changes to how minerals are distributed across Moons in New Eden. Now when we are getting closer to the actual date when these will be implemented to the game, CCP starts expanding on the overall plan and explain the reasoning, goals, and objectives for this Herculean task of creating a healthier and more dynamic ecosystem.

Today, we are looking at what is changing in terms of moon mineral distribution with additional information about the grander plan published in the next few days.

What is changing?

  • All basic ores (Veldspar, Scordite, Pyroxeres, Plagioclase, Omber, Kernite, Jaspet, Hemprphite, Hedbergite, Gneiss, Dark Ochre, Spodumain, Crokite, Bistot, Arkonor), will be removed from moons. In some cases, they have been replaced with Moon Ore.
  • All basic materials (Tritanium, Pyerite, Mexallon, Isogen, Nocxium, Zydrine, Megacyte) will be removed from moon ore DNA (refining materials output table below) with the following exceptions:
    • R4 moon ores (Bitumens, Coesite, Sylvite, Zeolites) keep their original yield of Pyerite & Mexallon (Tritanium was removed).
Ore Pyerite Mexallon
Bitumens 6,000 400
Brimful Bitumens 6,900 460
Glistening Bitumens 12,000 800
Sylvite 4,000 400
Brimful Sylvite 4,600 460
Glistening Sylvite 8,000 800
Zeolites 8,000 400
Brimful Zeolite 9,200 640
Glistening Zeolite 16,000 800
Coesite 2,000 400
Brimful Coesite 2,300 460
Glistening Coesite 4,000 800

Moon mining extractions that are currently underway will not be affected by the ore distribution changes. As such, they will give the ores they promised when the jobs started. New extractions will be pulling the new ore distributions.

The contents of moon ores are being changed, but not basic ores. When you refine moon ores, you won't get basic minerals (as per the exceptions above). This will take effect immediately.

Combined, these mean that your current pull will give you the same ores you expected at the start, but you will get a different mineral yield than you expected when you refine the moon ores.

Concerns

CCP claims they understand that there is a minimum expense (structure + drill) associated with establishing functional moon mining facilities but, since the income was quite generous for quite some time, many moon mining facilities are already beyond the break-even point. The main issue after these changes will be associated with the choice to deploy new structures. This will be carefully monitored as well as the profitability of new moon mining operations which will serve as a base for further changes.

Future plans

The demand for R4 moon goo through the industry (blueprint) changes is planned to be increased. These changes don't have a delivery date yet.