Monday, March 4, 2013

Tranquility PCU Hits 60,476

Yesterday Eve Online witnessed an event players had not experienced in two years.  That's right, Eve saw the peak current users (PCU)1 for the day exceed 60,000 for the first time since the launch of the Incarna expansion.  Sunday's total of 60,476 is the fifth day in Eve's history that the PCU exceeded 60,000.  I contacted Chribba, the owner of Eve Offline, and he was kind enough to send me the times it has happened in the past.
  • 23 January 2011 - 63,170 (current record) 
  • 30 January 2011 - 62,333
  • 6 February 2011 - 60,782
  • 3 March 2013 - 60,476
  • 6 June 2010 - 60,453 (previous record)
For a bit of comparison of how big 60,476 people is, I looked at the size of the cities in Iceland.  A big deal was made a few years back when the number of subscriptions exceeded the population of Iceland, so I wondered how the active population compares to Iceland's cities.

If New Eden were a real place its population would make it the second largest city in Iceland.  Does anyone want to wager that CCP's marketing materials might include such a comparison once DUST comes fully online?

I also wonder how long the doom and gloom crowd will take to announce how horrible a development this is.  How Eve doesn't have enough space and resources to support so many players.  Why, we'll have to add space to high-sec or all the carebears will quit because they will not have enough asteroids to mine!  If CCP doesn't submit to their wishes they will quit, and because each carebear has 2.5 accounts that will lead to a failcascade that will cause CCP to shut down Eve and go bankrupt!  That's right, we'll never get to see vampires emerge from the World of Darkness.  Oh noes!

Okay, that last was written with tongue planted firmly in cheek but some forum troll will use those arguments.  Personally, seeing Eve's numbers recovering to the point I thought I'd see two years ago is enough to give me a warm feeling.


1 - Peak concurrent users is the highest number of players logged onto Tranquility at one time during a day.  The New Eden day follows the in-game day.


  1. New Eden has more than enough space. The people joining this game want to experience the Clarion Calls and Asakais they've watched and read about. Neither such experiences will ever be found in hisec.

    If they aren't following your example and heading out of the handholding area, they won't last long here anyway.

  2. While I enjoyed your post, I would object to the population comparison of New Eden with ANY real city on the planet.

    If it compared cities with CCP's current number of subscribed IP addresses, then I would give it some credit.

    Also, thanks for the link to EVE Offline

  3. Actually, a higher PCU and thus greater resource competition in hi sec, should be welcomed as it will encourage the more experienced or adventerous new player to venture forth into low, null or WH space.

  4. Eve is dying because consistent growth of subscription numbers is a less viable long term business solution than the immediate and explosive growth into millions of subscribers followed by a similarly sharp crash... hang on...

    The thing I've always found funny is the recurring idea (usu on the forums) that WOW's subscription numbers represent "most" MMOs and that, as a result, EVE is a "small" or "niche" MMO when it's (to the best of my ability to discover) something like the 3rd largest paid western MMO.

    1. You almost owed me a new monitor :)

    2. Guess I just have to try harder next time.

      Or... EVE Play-by-Voice, anyone?