- When you dock, instead of seeing your ship all alone, you see your ship, and you see yourself looking at it.
- You can do all the current station activities the same way you do them now.
- You can also walk into your captain's quarters, and do all those same things much more slowly!
- Nobody else can come into your captain's quarters. But don't worry, you can still interact with other pilots in chat channels!
- We'll add more later, this is all we've thought of so far.
EDIT (18/Feb/2011): And the compromise wasn't enough for TeaDaze, who is quitting EVE over this issue. :-/
So, come summer, ship spinning will be a thing of the past. Instead, we'll have toon spinning.
Once you're in your Captain's Quarters (which will apparently be made of modular pieces, but which you might or might not be able to move around), the interface will... well... let's let the devblog speak for itself on this one:
Captain’s Quarters will offer interactions in the 3D space like slouching on your sofa and clicking an interface on the wall to bring up the planetary interaction (PI) interface, customizing your appearance through a vanity mirror and adjusting your fittings through a holo-model of your ship.
3D buttons aren’t an impressive technological feat, yet the interactions in the Captain’s Quarters allow us overcome some old, persistent problems newbies currently have with the complexity of the EVE UI and goal setting. For example, by placing a Corp Recruitment console on the ammo crate you rest your feet on, we can explicitly tell a new player how important it is to find a good player corporation in EVE.In other words, it sounds a bit like Microsoft Bob. Actually, no. It sounds a lot like Microsoft Bob.
The team is driving toward giving us a demo of this in time for Fanfest in a couple of months, so I'll be very interested,
(a) to see what this looks like; and,
(b) what your average capsuleer on the street thinks of it.
I'm a little worried, though, because EVE players sometimes pride ourselves on how hard EVE is, and wear the pain of conquering its learning curve like a badge of honor. The relevant Scrapheap thread is growing at 15 posts an hour as I write this. Emotions are running high...