FIRE EVERYTHING! – What a 2,800 Ship Battle Looks Like in EVE Online

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I don’t play EVE Online, but I know enough about it to know when a significant event takes place within the universe. The game is known for its unpredictability and huge player based, which can result in full-scale battles like the one you see above. It’s 2,800+ ships slugging it out in one massive battle, which has crossed over from sci-fi coolness to pretty much a work of post-modern art.

As for why this happened? Here’s something of an official description, but I’ll be damned if I can decipher it:

The GSF op was intended to ambush a lowsec skirmish over a tower between Drunk n’Disorderly and Liandri Covenant.

Thinking that they could outnumber the PL force, GSF called in more supers to escalate the engagement, which resulted in a full-on cross-nullsec rush to Asakai to get in on the brawl. Black Legion, NCdot, HBC and 401K as well as lowsec locals have turned up to the fight, which not only is experiencing a total TiDi-lock at 10% speed, the slowest TiDi level possible.

Yep. So, space lasers. I can’t tell if this is a selling point for the game, as it’s awesome to have 2,800 players fighting at once, or if it’s a negative because it’s hard to tell what the shit is going on. More photos below:

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  1. Mostly, the short version is that it’s about what player-run corporations were involved and why…and what part of the galaxy they were fighting in.

    As for how much time and money is involved…since all skill increases in EVE are time-based rather than experience point-based, a lot of time…probably a minimum of a year per player if they’re sporting super-capital ships. It takes a long time to train up the required skills for those.

    Money-wise, at about 15 bucks a month (if memory serves) to play, that’s between 500,000 and 600,000 US dollars combined investment, depending on exactly how many were involved in the battle and how long any have actually been playing.

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