EVE in Quadrants
EVE Online will be splitting the year into four sections - Quadrants - that will include multiple releases, events, offers and more within a given theme for that period of time. The first of these Quadrants for 2020 will be "Fight or Flight" starting 16 January, which will be themed around PvP in EVE, and will offer explosive rewards, challenges and changes!
Loyalty to Lowsec
Coming 24 March!
The Loyalty to Lowsec update coming on 24 March will provide a thrilling climax to the Fight or Flight Quadrant, featuring a number of changes to Faction Warfare, such as increased Loyalty Point payouts for PvP kills, and a reduction in payouts for Faction Warfare missions.
There will also be an increase in the activation area that surrounds acceleration gates leading to combat complexes and brand new Battleship-specific capture sites added. A perfect opportunity for Capsuleers to make use of the brand new and exciting Frigate Escape Bay feature going live on 24 March.
Furthermore, there will be an increase to the loot dropped from PvP in Lowsec and an increase to warp speed in Lowsec between 24 March and 6 April. Finally, an additional task will be added to the Skilling is Just a Means event that runs until 14 April. Capsuleers will be offered an extra 10,000 Skill Points daily for killing one of the NPCs defending the Faction Warfare capture sites, so that makes 20,000 Skill Points available every day!
Frigate Escape Bay
Going Live on 24 March
The Frigate Escape Bay is a special bay capable of holding a single, fitted Frigate that will be added to all Battleships. Should the Battleship be destroyed, instead of being ejected in your capsule and left helpless, you will launch immediately back into combat aboard your Frigate!
The Frigate hulls that will be allowed to be stored in the bay are:
- All T1 Frigates
- Assault Frigates
- Electronic Attack Frigates
- Logistics Frigates
Champions of Lowsec
Alliance PvP Contest on 26 - 31 Mar
Inspired by the legendary Kings of Lowsec contest that took place in 2013 which was a 24 hour Lowsec killing spree, the contest to crown a champion of Lowsec will be returning to New Eden between 26 and 31 March! The alliance that accrues the highest ISK value of Lowsec PvP kills in that time will receive awesome rewards, and their alliance's flag will be flown proudly on top of the Groska building, the new home of CCP's Reykjavík office, for a month!
Skilling Is Just a Means
Limited Time Event - 12 March-14 April
The Skilling Spree and Chilling Spree events have been very popular with Capsuleers, and now the event returns with a PvP twist!
Capsuleers will be awarded Skill Points during the Skilling is Just a Means of Communication event for PvP kills, with daily challenges being issued at downtime each day between 12 March and 14 April.
You can rack up hundreds of thousands of Skill Points throughout the event by destroying player ships, and then use your amassed Skill Points to speed up training in any area you choose to specialize in.
Good luck out there, Capsuleers, and watch your backs!
New Needlejack Jump Filaments
During the Naughty or Nice winter holiday event, New Eden was introduced to the exciting reindeer-themed jump Filaments that were capable of catapulting fleets from anywhere in space to random Nullsec systems. This had the delightful effect of pitting Capsuleer fleets against each other in unexpected (for some) combat! The good news is, these Filaments are now returning to New Eden permanently!
There will be six variations of the new Needlejack Filaments, capable of moving up to 5, 15 or 25 players into a random Nullsec system upon activation. Some of the Needlejack Filaments will be available in a fully built state and will drop in exploration data sites, while others can be manufactured from BPCs. Some will even be distributed exclusively through upcoming events.
From Wormholes With Love
Wormholes are receiving a loving update! The main thrust of this update that will arrive 11 February is added connectivity. The chance of connections appearing between wormholes is going to increase greatly. Look out especially for added roaming connections between high class wormholes!
We’ve also made changes to a certain Drifter NPC who loved the Astrahus a little too much.
Lock onto your targets with the Warhead Upgrades update, which increases the damage dealt by Heavy Missiles in New Eden! The 5% increase to damage dealt by Heavy Missiles will encourage their use more often in future PvP encounters.
The update also sees the introduction of the exciting new Nirvana Faction Implants, which can provide bonuses to shield HP, as well as characteristics such as Perception, Memory, Intelligence, Charisma, and Willpower, depending on the implant used. These implants will initially be available only through the Dragonaur Blitz event, where ships that are most affected by the Warhead Upgrades update will be eligible for entry.
Bonus Skill Point Weekend
Bonus Skill Point Weekend - the last one in this Quadrant - is returning between 13 and 16 March 2020, with great Skill Point rewards for both Alpha and Omega Clone State pilots! Log in daily to claim thousands of Skill Points that you can use to boost your training, honing combat skills that are great for the Fight or Flight Quadrant events.
As long as you make sure to log in every day during Bonus Skill Point Weekend, as an Alpha you can get up to 45,000 Skill Points, and Omegas will get both their own and the Alpha rewards, meaning a whopping 175,000 Skill Points total!
Skill up and fly safe!Upgrade to Omega
Answer CONCORD's call to arms by fighting the Triglavians and various other foes. Gain as many Skill Points as you can during the Skilling Spree between 28 January and 2 March for destroying any NPC in New Eden! Get rewards ranging from 10,000 Skill Points for one kill, to the rarer 50,000 Skill Points for more kills per challenge. Then, use those Skill Points to train essential skills for piloting bigger, better ships with advanced weaponry.
Bonus Skill Point Weekend
Bonus Skill Point Weekend is returning between 24 and 27 January 2020, with massive Skill Point rewards for both Alpha and Omega Clone State pilots! Log in daily to claim thousands of Skill Points that you can use to boost your training, accelerating the realization of your goals in New Eden!
As long as you make sure to log in every day during Bonus Skill Point Weekend, as an Alpha you can get up to 75,000 Skill Points, and Omegas will get both their own and the Alpha rewards, meaning a whopping 250,000 Skill Points total! Perfect for training those Triglavian skills and piloting the fearsome new Zirnitra Dreadnought.Upgrade to Omega
Dragonaur Blitz Dungeon
CONCORD urges you to join the Dragonaur Blitz as part of the Fight or Flight Quadrant! Attack these extremist Caldari outcasts in Low-sec sites in specified ship types, and earn the new High and Mid-Grade Nirvana Implant BPCs. This limited time event ends 27 January, so act fast and get involved!
As mentioned before, only certain ship types will be allowed entry to Dragonaur Blitz sites. These will include ships with bonuses to Heavy Missiles and recently rebalanced Caldari craft that were most affected by the Warhead Upgrades update.
You can now get the Heat-Seeker SKIN Bundle in EVE Online's New Eden Store, featuring discounted SKINs for the ships most affected by Warhead Upgrades and suitable for Dragonaur Blitz! Kit out your Drake, Caracal, Cerberus and Tengu with SKINs from the bundle, or check out the other discounts on Zento Isideko Combine, Convergence and Snowline Bladeracer SKINs for these and other Caldari hulls. The offers end at 11:00 UTC on 28 January, so no time to hesitate!