Monday, August 13, 2012
CCP - Time Well Spent
It was one of those pie-in-the-sky things that somebody from CCP made mention of, probably at a Fanfest. It's not a comment I have a link to, but it is something I recall being said, at some point by someone. I know. Vague.
It's not likely one of those things that is on the development radar any time soon at CCP. More likely it's one of those things said at Fanfest, one of those we'd love to do something like this and we know you'd all love it things. Crowd cheers. Everyone leaves the session feeling CCP is on top of things.
Let's assume it is on the development radar. For fun. Would this be time well spent for CCP?
As players, we already have a very robust and excellent fitting tool called EVE Fitting Tool [EFT]. It's one of those third-party applications that every player has installed. It is simply indispensable. There is no better way to build out ship fittings, and then experiment with them, taking fully your character skills and implants into account.
Some people are bothered by third-party applications. Mainly because they are not easily integrated into the game platform itself. Getting fittings from the game into EFT requires exporting and importing. Getting fittings you build with EFT into EVE requires exporting and importing. It's not a difficult process, but it is time-consuming and repetitive, especially if you want to redo fits, or replace them.
So, the idea of something like EFT being built-in to EVE Online is an attractive thought. Again, is this time well spent for CCP?
Unless CCP can design an in-game fitting tool that equals or surpasses EFT in functionality and ease-of-use, then it would not be a good use of development time. If CCP's fitting tool did not meet EFT standards, that development time would be a complete wasted effort. If EFT continued to be the superior fitting tool, then the in-game fitting tool would go mostly unused (it would, no doubt, be occasionally useful.) That's development time CCP could have put elsewhere, to better effect.
What CCP can do, though, is to allow for deeper integration between client/server and third-party tools. Where EFT is concerned, CCP could build CREST functions that allow for direct reading and writing of ship fittings from the server. That sort of integration is definitely development time well spent.