More Ship Rebalancing in Retribution 1.1 Release
Duncan Ringill

Changes inbound February 19th!  The Hurricane’s seventh high slot is dead. 🙁

The Hurricane has long enjoyed a position on top of the Battlecruiser heap, as one of the most popular PVP vessels in New Eden. The combination of high speed, strong and easily applied damage, and room for excellent capacitor warfare has made the Hurricane a default choice for many PVP activities. It received one change in the Retribution expansion that reduced available powergrid alongside a reduction of the powergrid need of artillery, so the changes being made in 1.1 can be relatively simple.

The Hurricane is losing a high slot that had often held an energy neutralizer, leaving it with one utility high. It is also facing a slight reduction in hitpoints, and an increase in mass that will slow down align times by two tenths of a second. These changes should leave the Hurricane as a strong peer to the other members of the Combat Battlecruiser class, compared to its previously dominant position.

That seventh slot let me fit a second missile launcher in addition to six T2 autocannons.  I suppose it won’t affect my ArtyCane, which could only support a single launcher.

5.6 x 10^8 Channels And Nothing On
Duncan Ringill

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[power on][Heimatar regional feed engaged][personal filter 3 applied]

[click]”–so don’t be seen in anything less than a Fleet Stabber this year as you–”

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[personal filter 4 applied]

[click]”–concludes our broadcast of No Sex, Please, We’re Amarrian.  Stay synchronized as Old Earth Video Channel is proud to present the Caldari State Theater’s famed production of The Imperative of Being Earnest in Dealings With One’s Fellow Citizens, starring Valder Fylin as–”

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[click][media consumption threshold reminder]”–period ending in three standard days, which according to your account record is still short four hundred fity ISK.  You will be debited for this amount in four standard days, plus an additional thirty ISK if this reminder is not allowed to compl–”

[click][click][click]”–don’t be seen in anything less than a Fleet Stabber this–”

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“I have an idea how you can tip me.  Take off your–”

[incoming priority comm]”Mister Ringill, you don’t know me but I represent the estate of Rollan Gevigan, an important industrialist who recently passed away.  His will authorizes me to release to you funds totaling slightly over 35 million ISK.  Due to changes in Minmatar customs law, we require you to–”

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“I am quite aware of the fact, and I don’t propose to disagree with accepted notions of modern culture. It isn’t the sort of thing one should talk of in private. I simply want my stimuspersant case back.

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“Well, if you want to know, Cecily happens to be crech-mate to my creche-mother.”

[click][Heimatar regional feed disengaged][hangar open]

Less Panel, More Info
Duncan Ringill

The devs are having at the HUD, creating what they call Info Panels to display useful information more efficiently, efficiency being defined according to screen real estate.  Along the way, they’ve made autopiloting more intelligent and given us a gorgeous map (above) to give us a sense of where we’re going and how far:

Another neat new feature, which is toggled through the new autopilot settings menu by selecting “Show route path in space”, will reveal one of our best kept secrets; the stars in the space scene nebula actually represent the solar systems of New Eden. By plotting the route in space you’ll feel more like you’re actually travelling through space while burning up your route, rather than just appearing at arbitrary locations. In the near future we’re hoping to add some neat stuff to this feature such as making the stars interactive.

BC Tier1cide
Duncan Ringill

Jester lays down some analysis of proposed battlecruiser rebalancing on the horizon, with the Hurricane and Drake nerfs perhaps the most significant in our house:

…{I}n the aggregate, these changes are a nerf to all non-tier3 battle cruisers.  Sure, tier1s are getting better but they were poor performers.  And the previously good performers are being brought down to their improved level….this is a big huge change to the BC landscape.  EVE’s current two most-used BCs are going to lose their titles in short order, and we’re going to all have to get used to a lot of new metas both in PvP and PvE.  Should be interesting to watch!