"Are people leaving WoW for EVE? Recent weeks have seen a marked increase in many new EVE newbies coming from WoW, Blizzards entry in the MMO market, with over 6 million customers (March 1 press) has had the stigma of being less-than-liked from EVE capsuleers. Whilst it is normal for people to shift from MMO to MMO to find "the game" for them, its rather odd to see nearly 3-4 new capsuleers every week claiming to be a former, or even current WoW player, most of which stay after the trial.<|BRIEF|>
Eve has marginally grown steadily over the past 6 months, especially after the major yardware upgrade and the release of Red Moon Rising, has seen a marked and sudden influx of new players into the EVE-Online fold, but only recently has the marked increase of former and current WoW players been noticed.
One can only speculate at this point, and this reporter has not had the privilege, nor the ability to go into WoW and see for herself what "its all about". Whist it is true that EVE caters to a more "niche" MMO crowd, that crowd is steadily growing, wanting more of a challenge, or the sci-fi space feel, or more of an actual virtual world. A PC Gamer UK article (scans of article and other info here) about the Guiding Hand Social Club comes to mind regarding how the freedom one can take into EVE as another world to live in, complete with power-struggles, politics, behind-the-scenes manipulation, and yes, even heists.
Heresay and common talk often compare WoW as the Counter-Strike of MMO's. Whilst some say this to not be true, and others support the idea, one thing is for sure: EVE will start to have to WoW infused newcomers come into the game more and more from now on. "
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Michiyo Daishi, 19th April 2006, EVEnews.com