After nearly five years in the Razor Alliance, OV EVE has changed direction. The demands of 0.0 life, and the lack of succession planning had caused burnout at the top levels of the corp and it was decided that the only way to continue in 0.0 was to move into the RG corporation. Nearly all pilots have joined the RG corp within razor which will allow them to continue to fight the good fights under the RZR banner and the directors to go back to enjoying themselves instead of fuelling POS for the rest of their mortal lives. The OV banner has been returned to the control of its founder Tar-om who has taken it back to empire for a life of retirement. OV in EVE will now become a rest home for aged EVE players who want to chill out and chat, and perhaps raid the odd wormhole for fun and profit. If you want to join (or re-join) us then just sling in an app.
CCP has released the Trinity Expansion, and after some highly embarassing boot.ini nukeage it is now up and running. The main feature is a totally new graphics engine which is available in two flavours: Standard and Premium. Both are designed to take advantage of modern graphics hardware, specifically hardware shaders which were not available when the original was produced. This has unloaded the CPU from shader tasks and allowed CCP to increase responsiveness and frame rates overall.
The Premium version is for graphics cards which support Shader Model 3 and enables High Dynamic Range lighting, complex shadows and takes advantage of new ship models with at least three times the number of polygons used in the original version along with new and more complex textures. The Standard version is for older cards and uses the original models and textures but still runs on the new engine, allowing the same (or perhaps a greater) performance increase. This is a truly ground breaking expansion for EVE, the original award winning graphics engine was a major factor in the game’s initial success and it is hoped that the cutting edge replacement will bring in yet more players over the next few years. Almost as a side note, CCP have introduced 18 new ships in this expansion, each with a highly specialised role.
Full patch notes are available here.