Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The Return Of Crimson Harvest 2023

Since returning to the two expansions a year development model late last year, EVE Online has done fairly well. The first expansion, Uprising, saw a nearly 20% uptick in players in space at any one time. The next expansion, Viridian in June 2023, kept player interest throughout the summer. A drop in early September was countered by the news coming out of Reykjavik and EVE Fanfest later in September.

With the next expansion launching on 14 November, CCP needs some popular content to bridge the gap from Fanfest to Havoc's launch. That content is EVE Online's oldest seasonal event, Crimson Harvest.

Crimson Harvest first debuted in October 2015 with what I consider one of the best event trailers CCP has produced.

This year's event runs from 5 October to 6 November. The event features the now standard daily login rewards as well as the drop rate from player wrecks increasing from 50% to 90%. CCP gives a description of the event.

The Crimson Harvest puts capsuleers in the middle of the bloody conflict between the Blood Raider Covenant and the Order of Tetrimon. From 5 Oct to 6 Nov, you will find bone-chilling combat and hacking sites scattered throughout Highsec, Lowsec, Nullsec, and wormhole systems. More challenging sites, promising even greater rewards, can be found by those who dare to dig deeper into the mysteries of the void.

Getting involved in the horrific clash is as simple as picking a side through the Agency section for the event, before taking on unique sets of challenges, and rewards specific to your selected loyalty.

Community Fittings, supplied by EVE Partners and players, will be available to view during the event so you can put your best fit on. Combat sites will appear all over as anomalies in the Probe Scanner. Head into your preferred area of space, use the Agency Anomaly Scanner to scan down sites, then warp in to take on a series of frightening challenges in the dungeons that await.

I should also include CCP's description of the login rewards for those who just want to do claim their goodies.

Every day of the Crimson Harvest will bring devilish login rewards. Alpha and Omega players get separate rewards, with Omegas enjoying both sets every day, and upgrading at any time during the event unlocks all previous Omega rewards. The tasty treats on offer include boosters, SKINs, EverMarks, a generous amount of Skill Points and more. Get prepared and plan ahead, as not only will there be rewards given every day to those logging in, the 25th login during Crimson Harvest will be rewarded with 250.000 skill points for Omega and 75.000 for Alpha capsuleers.

I have never heard of the Agency Anomaly Scanner before and a quick Google search came up blank. I wonder if this is a reference to the Exploration tab in The Agency.

If not, perhaps we get another surprise from CCP, and not just pumpkin shaped wrecks.

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