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​Fleets Of Alien Ships Have Started Attacking ‘EVE Online’ Players

​Fleets Of Alien Ships Have Started Attacking ‘EVE Online’ Players

For the first time in EVE Online the biggest threat to players isn't each other but the AI. Fleets of Drifters have begun to appear in nulsec where they are attacking players-owned stations and ships. This is a major upheaval and players don't yet know what to do.

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EVE Online is a long-running MMO where, unlike games like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV, everyone plays on a single megaserver. The focus of EVE has always been on the players, not so much the universe they play in. The biggest stories that have come out of the game are from players who hunted betrayed one another or the giant PvP wars. Now that looks to be changing.

An AI race called Drifters have been appearing in Eve since 2015, but they've never been too much of a threat. They largely kept to themselves, though their appearances have been increasing over the years. Now, however, large fleets of their powerful battleships have rocked up in lawless space and are attacking space stations.

Those Drifter folk need to get some sun
Those Drifter folk need to get some sun

Player stations called Citadels are massive structures that take tonnes of in-game resources to build but they can become hubs for trading in a region. Although well armoured, a sustained attack from a large fleet can push it into a reinforced state. During that time it's invulnerable but a number of its systems go offline. The fleets of Drifters have pushed multiple citadels into reinforced states. It's not yet clear if they will continue the battle when the stations become vulnerable again.

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These Drifter armies could really shake up play by destroying a lot of the structures in nulsec space, forcing human players to band together against them and push them back.

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According to Imperium News Network, an EVE Online game master has confirmed that this isn't a bug and is intended behaviour by the AI. So what exactly is going to happen next is going to be very exciting. If the Drifters prove to be a significant threat we could see player alliances moving to protect their structures, opening up territory to be invaded by other opportunistic groups.

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Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]