I have never been that impressed with CCP’s tendency to call tweaks and game balance changes new content. They can require you to adapt, but that is not the same as new in my eyes.
CCP has released a DEV Blog giving an overview of what they are looking to do with mineral distribution in EVE.
First they are looking to introduce shortages, then re-distribute minerals, then introduce a dynamic distribution.
That last phase will be new game mechanics. The first two stages are tweaks. The tweaks however require such a level of adaptation that they could move them into the new content area.
The latest Patch held these changes:
High Sec Asteroids:
Pyroxeres, Omber & Kernite quantities reduced.
Low Sec Asteroids:
Veldspar, Scordite, Pyroxeres, Plagioclase, Jaspet, Hemorphite & Hedbergite quantities reduced.
Null Sec Asteroids:
Scordite, Omber, Kernite, Jaspet, Hemorphite, Hedbergite, Gneiss, Dark Ochre, Crokite & Arkonor quantities reduced.
Bistot quantity increased.
Ore Anomalies spawned from Sovereignty Industry Index upgrades:
Level 1, 2 & 3 respawn times adjusted.
All variations of Crokite in all levels replaced with the equivalent yield variation of Kernite.
Gneiss, Dark Ochre & Spodumain quantities reduced.
The next step in a month is changing how minerals are distributed on moons. The plan is to remove all basic ore types from moons and adjust the volume and yields.
The shortage stage is to allow CCP to gather data. The problem I see is that there are huge stockpiles of minerals, mostly in the hands of those already rich. This will just make them richer.
I checked my own mineral stockpiles and they were lower than I normally keep them. Always the way. I like having up to a billion ISK in minerals laying around so that I can cover the build of most items I might suddenly need without too much thought or running around. Knowing I had already missed the boat, I checked the markets to find almost all reasonably priced minerals in volume had already been brought up. I’ve covered 3 regions so far and still can’t find Isogen or Nocxium.
I suspected these changes were afoot – but had not got off my backside to prepare. Oh well, at least I have a reason to undock for a week or so.
Chaos, but not the type I will complain about.