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Dev Blog: Planetary Conquest

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C C P
C C P Alliance
#1 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:16  |  Edited by: CCP Eterne
We recently released a developer blog which covers some details of our upcoming Planetary Conquest feature. However we expect that players may still have some unanswered questions which I am going to try to answer here.

What happens with the existing corporation battle contracts?
As has been pointed out by many of the open beta testers the current iteration on corporation battles linked with faction warfare has a few issues, namely being easy to avoid conflict and a low investment for corporations resulting in abandoned battles. The tie in with faction warfare is difficult to visualize and the impact of the battles is hard to measure.

Alongside planetary conquest comes a new starmap where we will be displaying the war zone for faction warfare and the impact DUST 514 is having. We will also be removing the pre-negotiated contracts and instead opening up faction warfare mercenary battles to all players. The battles will automatically start based on demand and then players can join whichever side they like from the battle finder or directly from the map.

Does this mean we will be able to queue sync in faction warfare?
Yes, provided there are enough spots open up you can organize to fill one side of a battle. We expect this will be home to more organized squads of players who either do not have any corp activity at the time or are not interested in planetary conquest but are after more competitive gameplay.

How is the location of faction warfare battles decided?
The locations are decided based on recent plexing in EVE Online. There will generally be multiple battles to choose from of which you can see the locations and pick which faction and which planet you wish to fight for.

Will I receive skill points for faction warfare and corporation battles?
Yes, both the faction warfare mercenary battles and the planetary conquest battles will award skillpoints at the end of the battle.

Friendly fire?
Yes, friendly fire will be enabled but only for corporation battles not faction warfare or instant battles. This means if you have a problem with someone shooting friendlies you can have them removed from the corporation.

How many players can join corporation battles?
Planetary conquest will feature 16 vs 16 skirmish battles. Squad sizes are also being increased to 6 players per squad.

How do corporations make money from planetary conquest?
Owning districts generates clones and clones can be sold for profit. You will however require clones for battle in order to expand and defend your districts so balancing how you use them will be important. At the end of a district battle rewards are paid out to just the winning team based on the value of biomass from the clones destroyed. Salvage is also handed out to both teams and is based on the items destroyed on the opposing team, similar to a loot drop from EVE. Rewards are evenly balanced among the team members based on their time in the battle not war points.

How do corporations take districts from other corporations?
The basis of it is you move clones from one of your own districts to an enemy district then battle it out with the occupant. How many clones you take dictate how many you have available for the attack, while the defender gets access to all of the clones on their district. With a fully stocked district we expect you would need to multiple successful battles over a few days to a week in order to deplete a district of its clone reserves.

There are a few other subtle rules which should make for interesting gameplay. CCP FoxFour is currently working on a more detailed guide to cover this.

What about pre-arranged friendly corporation battles or tournaments?
With the corporation contracts being removed, players will need to use the setting of planetary conquest to organize friendly battles. We realize that this is not as flexible as it could be though and so our current development plan is to introduce an arena mode where corporations can arrange a no consequences engagement. This then leads down a very interesting path of tournaments and betting etc.

We also want to make sure that when arenas are introduced they have consequences for not showing up to fight, something the current corporation contracts suffer from.

Can I have other corporations fight my battles?
You can always pull additional players in to corporation battles using squads and if they win they will paid out of the biomass rewards. However our plan is to eventually open up a contract market place where other corporations can be hired to attack or defend districts on behalf of someone else.

How does planetary conquest tie in with EVE?
There is a gameplay link, but the details are unannounced for now. We will be posting a dev blog about that later on.

If you have any additional questions then post in this thread and we'll do our best to answer them here.

CCP Nullarbor // Exotic Dancer // Team True Grit

C C P
C C P Alliance
#2 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:17
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CCP Nullarbor // Exotic Dancer // Team True Grit

C C P
C C P Alliance
#3 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:17  |  Edited by: CCP Frame
While the dev blog gives a nice overview of what is to come, and the FAQ answers a lot of questions, for those that want all the numbers on how this stuff will work see this page: http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/Planetary_Conquest

The whole team will be around for some time answering questions in this thread. We are really looking forward to getting your feedback on this and discussing it with you.

What you are getting now is very nuts and bolts type information. We will have more information to give you between now and Fanfest, and more at Fanfest. We wanted to get this out ASAP to get your feedback though. Lol

CCP FoxFour // Technical Designer

http://twitter.com/regnerba

SVER True Blood
RUST415
#4 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:19
first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Twisted

all the loves <3

Fatal Absolution
Bleeding Sun Conglomerate
#5 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:20  |  Edited by: Moochie Cricket
2nd...

AKA 1st place loser
R 0 N 1 N
#6 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:21
YOU LIED TO US THERE WAS NO RICK ROLL!!!! jk yey for foxfour now getting to sleep! its a good read
#7 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:24
How many players can join corporation battles?
Planetary conquest will feature 16 vs 16 skirmish battles. Squad sizes are also being increased to 6 players per squad.

So would that be 2 squads of 6 and 1 squad of 4? or will the Conquest battles be 12v12 or 18v18?
C C P
C C P Alliance
#8 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:25
Beyobi wrote:
How many players can join corporation battles?
Planetary conquest will feature 16 vs 16 skirmish battles. Squad sizes are also being increased to 6 players per squad.

So would that be 2 squads of 6 and 1 squad of 4? or will the Conquest battles be 12v12 or 18v18?


The planetary conquest battles are 16v16. So you can take 2 full squads in plus another partial squad.

CCP FoxFour // Technical Designer

http://twitter.com/regnerba

Onslaught Inc
#9 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:25
Do we have to be enrolled in faction warfare to drop OBS? Please remove this as a restriction.
C C P
C C P Alliance
#10 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:26
Sentient Archon wrote:
Do we have to be enrolled in faction warfare to drop OBS? Please remove this as a restriction.


To do orbital bombardment for factional warfare battles yes, you need to be in FW.

To do orbital bombardment for planetary conquest battles, that is corporations fighting to own districts, you need to be in the corporation or alliance.

CCP FoxFour // Technical Designer

http://twitter.com/regnerba

Otherworld Enterprises Dust Control
Otherworld Empire Productions
#11 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:26  |  Edited by: ChribbaX
Interesting!

And I look forward to see districts fall to the back stabbing tricks that New Eden is known for lol
Den of Swords
#12 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:27
A good start.

A good starting foundation indeed.

Former CPM 0, CPM 1

Omni-Soldier, Forum Warrior

Red Star.
#13 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:28
Worth it. This will be so bad ass. Now we need an ETA.
Expert Intervention
Caldari State
#14 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:28
Die Well.
SyNergy Gaming
#15 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:31
CCP FoxFour wrote:
Beyobi wrote:
How many players can join corporation battles?
Planetary conquest will feature 16 vs 16 skirmish battles. Squad sizes are also being increased to 6 players per squad.

So would that be 2 squads of 6 and 1 squad of 4? or will the Conquest battles be 12v12 or 18v18?


The planetary conquest battles are 16v16. So you can take 2 full squads in plus another partial squad.


Was just thinking this.

Any particular reason you dont just make it 18v18 so theres 3 full squads?
Doomheim
#16 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:33
When will this build drop?
C C P
C C P Alliance
#17 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:36
Rhapsodyy Darkforce wrote:
CCP FoxFour wrote:
Beyobi wrote:
How many players can join corporation battles?
Planetary conquest will feature 16 vs 16 skirmish battles. Squad sizes are also being increased to 6 players per squad.

So would that be 2 squads of 6 and 1 squad of 4? or will the Conquest battles be 12v12 or 18v18?


The planetary conquest battles are 16v16. So you can take 2 full squads in plus another partial squad.


Was just thinking this.

Any particular reason you dont just make it 18v18 so theres 3 full squads?


The possibility of changing squad size means any number we pick could quickly not be valid. On top of that every player that we add to the match is another player that corporations need to field and the larger we require corporations to be in order to participate in this feature. For now we though 16v16 was the right balance.

CCP FoxFour // Technical Designer

http://twitter.com/regnerba

Imperfects
Negative-Feedback
#18 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:40
will there be a way to track organized corp battles to make it easier for everyone to see which corp has the most wins and against who?
C C P
C C P Alliance
#19 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:40
GoD-NoVa wrote:
will there be a way to track organized corp battles to make it easier for everyone to see which corp has the most wins and against who?


Not at this time, but we do hope to add statistics for this.

CCP FoxFour // Technical Designer

http://twitter.com/regnerba

Vader's-Fist
#20 Posted: 2013.03.14 17:42
CCP, thanks for the exciting news.

I just have one question: When will we get this?

I know you mentioned that it will be later this year, but can you at least estimate it down to a month, if not a specific date?

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