Continued development towards raising accessibility without removing functionality will bring dozens of changes to player-owned starbases...Hee! The full quote includes a comma, then "game UI and beyond." but it's much more fun to focus on that first thing said, isn't it?
The expansion itself is interesting to me for other reasons, though. We've known for a while that CCP Unifex has been fascinated by the Apocrypha expansion for quite some time. He made this fascination particularly clear in the CSM December Summit Minutes, using it as a benchmark in several discussions, most frequently when the topic of EVE's more successful expansions came up. Reading the list of features planned for Odyssey, it's very hard for me to think of this expansion as anything other than Unifex's response to Apocrypha. Check out the feature list. Pull back just a little bit and you'd be hard pressed to say which of the two expansions the list describes.
New visuals in space? Check. New scanner? Check. New types of ships? Check. New sites to explore? Check. New types of loot? Check. Aimed in particular at veteran players? Check.
Does this mean I think Odyssey is a WH expansion? No, absolutely not. Quite the opposite, in fact: the features list makes it clear that these new exploration sites will be scattered across space, "from highsec to nullsec". But the way the expansion is being sold is the same. Even the visuals of the ad graphics themselves suggest mysterious wormhole-like space. And I find that extremely interesting.
More to come today. I'm running a bit behind after the events of yesterday.
P.S. For those of you wondering what types of blog posts would be affected by me winning the CSM8 election? This type. ;-) This post would likely never happen were I under NDA.