The advancement of New Eden doesn’t stop for anyone, even spending a couple of months planet side I come back to radical changes to many aspects of the capsuleer life. Here is a summary of the changes made by the bureaucrats and powers that be over the last four months:
- Bounty Hunting – Killing for fun and profit  
- Crimewatch – Criminal flagging gets flagged   
- Ship Overhaul – Reclassification of many ships to dedicated roles   
- New Hulls – Destroyers, Mining Frigates and Drones   
- Dueling – My honour has been insulted, time to die! 
Having spent a few days in space I am slowly getting to grips with these changes and can say, on the whole, the changes are welcome. The updates to my Neocom seem to have been performed without a hitch, which makes a change, was nice not to be locked in/out of my quarters!
It’s probably worth explaining some of the changes both for clarity and posterity:
The new (revamped) bounty hunting system now enables any capsuleer to place bounties on any other capsuleer, corporation or alliance. In the new Bounty Office you will see the most wanted people, top bounty hunters and other relevant stats. Nothing prevents you now from starting a successful bounty hunting career and making a name for yourself!
The new Crimewatch system introduces a transparent system which shows, in a clear and easy way, the consequences of criminal actions in space. With the new “Suspect”, “Criminal” and other flags it is much easier to recognize your current status and to act accordingly. Also there is a new safety system to keep capsuleers on the right (or wrong) side of the law.
A capsuleer can issue a Duel Challenge to another capsuleer in the same location (either in the same station together or in space together). The target is then notified of the challenge, and has a period of time (currently 30 seconds) to either accept or refuse it. If the target refuses the challenge (or simply doesn’t respond within the required time), then the request is dropped and nothing further happens. However, if the target accepts the challenge, then a 5-minute Limited Engagement is created between the two characters. CONCORD will permit you to settle your differences without interference!