On March 15, FluffyDice noticed that the BPOs he had for two now-defunct items, an Anaconda Mine and a Python Mine, had gone missing. Mines were an item that existed in the game at one time and did pretty much exactly what it sounds like they did. ;-) But since they were both area of effect weapons and triggered by proximity, they caused a huge amount of lag, particularly in the quantities that I'm sure you can imagine that EVE players used them in. So CCP decided to remove them from the game as an early lag-fighting effort.
The mines were decoupled from the means of launching them, but the mines themselves were left in the game, as were the BPOs. And in the time since, these have become collector's items. I had a goodly number of Python mines myself, stored away for amusement value. They (along with a single Interbus Shuttle) are probably my only real EVE collector's items.
I say "had" because they've been missing since the March patch as well. Over a thousand items were removed from the game during this patch, most of them test items of one sort or another. The same day, CCP Greyscale (there's that name again) owned up to the deletion:
Yes, this happened because of a thing that I did. We're looking at our options right now, but there are some other things I have to sort out first today. We'll get back to you!And he eventually said that the mines and their BPOs, along with a few other items (including the Mimir Blueprint!), had been unintentionally deleted and these items would be restored and returned to their owners. The full list of items that will be returned to the game:
- Anaconda Mine
- Anaconda Mine Blueprint
- Asp Mine
- Asp Mine Blueprint
- Cobra Mine
- Cobra Mine Blueprint
- Hellhound I
- Mimir Blueprint
- Mining Drone - Elite
- Mining Drone - Improved (with fixed name)
- Python Mine
- Python Mine Blueprint
One is a guy named Entity. For those of you who haven't heard his name, he's trying to collect one of every single item in EVE Online. And this also affected a few other EVE players that had samples of some of the deleted items that aren't being returned to the game. And who paid billions of ISK for those items, many of them one-of-a-kind. Apparently, there's a whole sub-culture of EVE players that collect this stuff. Entity's only one of them.
Needless to say of course, Entity isn't happy. And Greyscale added fuel to the fire by subtly implying that one of Entity's items had made it into the game "illicitly". I'm sure he didn't mean that Entity did something untoward to obtain the item, but that's how Entity seems to have taken it and he's been rabbling about the issue since. The fact that this problem will be six weeks getting solved and will still result in several one-of-a-kind items disappearing forever from Entity's collection doesn't help.
Another EVE player expressed some very casual rage over the issue...
I think I'm starting to fall in love with Greyscale. He really is working his hardest to represent CCP's desire to disconnect from their community as much as possible and destroy their existing playerbase.
Whether you feel the affected items should be in the game or not, there's no question that players associated an ISK value and an emotional value to them. Entity's last post about one of his missing items -- a capital-only implant -- was two weeks ago and he hasn't mentioned it since. So it'll be interesting to see if it comes up again after the Escalation release.