I caught sight of this little graph on Kotaku, which claimed that 15000 new players have joined EVE Online. Curious, I contacted CCP Manifest to request a better version of the chart than what was used on Kotaku. While doing so, he also let me know that the Kotaku story isn't quite accurate. But he did verify two things that are both remarkably good news:
- EVE trial account players logged in are about three times normal; and,
- EVE activated trials are also about three times normal.
I've talked to hundreds of players about the impetus that first got them to start playing EVE Online and many times, it comes down to some catalyst: the Guiding Hand Social Club theft, the disbanding of Band of Brothers, a particular patch or feature. For those of us who started playing EVE this way (and I am among them), we can all remember that catalyst. For me, as I've said before, my curiosity about EVE was piqued by stories coming out of the game as well as the teaser for the Trinity expansion in 2007. But I really got serious about the game in mid 2008.
So I myself am part of the "generation" of players represented by those two spikes on either side of the Trinity expansion about 40% along this graph. And that's a time period that can now also be known as the #2 largest spike in the activation of trial accounts. We have a new #1, and it's twice as large as the catalyst that got me into EVE Online. For a whole new generation of players, when asked why they started playing this game, they're gonna say "that 11 trillion ISK titan battle!"
It will be realllly interesting to see how this new crop of newbies advances, what they do, and whether they stick with us. Obviously, I hope they do. I've been hoping for a large influx of new players into this game for a long time...
If you're one of them, welcome aboard! There are some new player guides off to the right. ;-)