BB #74: The Most Important Thing
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Kirith Kodachi has a toothsome question for us:

The Most Important Reveal at Fanfest Was……
So when this Blog Banter goes live Fanfest will be over. Hungover geeks from around the world will be departing Reykjavik after a five-day binge of important internet spaceships and partying. Whether you were there in person, watched the streams or read the dev blogs on your mobile hidden under your work desk there was probably something in there that gave you a “nerd-boner”. What for you personally was the most important thing to come out of Fanfest 2016?

I cannot answer this straightforwardly. I have a reputation to maintain!

Instead, I will answer this: The most important reveal of Fanfest 2016 is renewed confidence from CCP. They have endured several years of pain and thankless work deep in the muck of their game. If there was a theme from Fanfest 2016, it was this: CCP gets to have fun again. It was obvious in CCP Seagull’s most relaxed and confident keynote ever. It was obvious in nearly every presentation by the developers and designers. It was obvious given the scope and ambition of Citadel. They no longer have one miraculous success now. They have Gunjack and Valkyrie. Their two new projects, Nova and Arena, earned strongly positive receptions at Fanfest. Any anxiety I had about the narrow focus of the Nova demo dissipated when I read this interview. CCP Shanghai is doing everything the right way. Virtual reality is all of their dreams in a gift basket with a bow and a box of chocolates.

Since any optimism is immediately greeted with a few common misgivings, allow me to dispel them:

I am not saying that CCP has slain all of their demons. I am not saying that they have discovered how to consistently deliver on time; CCP Seagull’s timeline has slipped again and again, but Valkyrie and Gunjack were ready when they needed to be. I am not saying that we will never again see an astonishing oversight released on Tranquility, nor that they have magically begun listening to their most painstaking Singularity testers half as much as they should. They are still CCP, for good and for ill. But they have figured out how to succeed in spite of their demons, and they are having fun again.

I may not appreciate much of what they revealed in terms of its impact on my own tiny little corner of EVE, but looking  beyond my perspective I see the potential for great things.

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