The Mysteries of EVE Online's Rubicon Are Reason to Get Excited

What mysteries lay beyond the Rubicon? Is EVE Online preparing for fundamental changes? Why am I grinning like an idiot?

On the 19th November, we will arrive at EVE Online's Rubicon, the twentieth free expansion in the sci-fi MMO's decade-long history.

CCP Games' choice of expansion title alone conjures all kinds of possibilities. EVE Online is littered with real-world historical parallels and Rubicon is a very suggestive one. Julius Caesar's insurrection as he crossed the river Rubicon to march on Rome to overthrow the established order in 49BC translated into EVE terms could mean that the way is being paved for some fundamental changes to gameplay and/or the gameworld.

Unsurprisingly, CCP is playing its cards close to its chest, with the content of Senior Producer Andie 'CCP Seagull' Nordgren's “Five-year vision, three-year road map and 12-month plan” only being hinted at. Images of new stargates being built suggests new modes of travel and possibly even new destinations.

Is she really prepared to disrupt the status quo to the degree that Julius Caesar did? Or does the Rubicon reference have a different interpretation? It's unclear, but details of what Rubicon will involve hold much promise for certain playstyles and also foreshadow what lays further along the road.

Here's a quick look at some of the exciting foreshadowing going on.

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Broken paramedic and coffee-drinking Englishman whose favourite dumb animal is an oxymoron. After over a decade of humping and dumping the fat and the dead, my lower spine did things normally reserved for Rubik's cubes, bringing my career as a medical clinician to an unexpectedly early end. Fortunately, my real passion is in writing and given that I'm now highly qualified in the art of sitting down, I have the time to pursue it. Having blogged about video games (well, mostly EVE Online) for years, I hope to channel my enjoyment of wordcraft and my hobby of gaming into one handy new career that doesn't involve other people's vomit.

Published Nov. 8th 2013

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