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What to expect from EVE Fanfest today: World of Darkness, EVE Keynote, and an interview with Jon Lander


The second day of EVE Fanfest 2013 is now underway, and the schedule is packed! Today kicks off with a highly anticipated talk on World of Darkness at 7:00 a.m. EDT, and continues with the CSM Panel at 8:00 a.m. EDT, Alliance Panel at 9:00 a.m. EDT and Art Panel at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The CSM and Alliance panels are usually filled with hilarious banter, but this year the CSM Panel happens at the same time as the Faction Warfare roundtable and a talk on DUST 514 planet conquering in lowsec. The big event today is of course the EVE Online Keynote at 1:00 p.m. EDT, where we'll find out details of the upcoming Odyssey expansion.

World of Darkness is still pretty early in development, so the presentation will be talking mostly about the tools being used to build it. We're unlikely to get a release schedule or any solid gameplay demos, but with developers raving about their internal play-tests I expect to see some serious progress compared to last year. Since the CSM panel is likely being streamed, I'll try to hit up the Faction Warfare roundtable and see what CCP's current thoughts are on how to improve this aging game system.

The EVE Online keynote usually rounds up all the details from the previous days' talks, but so far most of the presentations have been on DUST 514. The lowsec changes and ship rebalancing plans will definitely make an appearance, but aside from a reveal at PAX East, CCP has played its Odyssey plans pretty close to its chest. The expansion is due to go live on June 4th, so its likely we'll see some solid details of the new exploration mechanics. Today, we also have a quick interview with EVE Online's Executive Producer Jon Lander who led the team through the Crucible, Inferno and Retribution expansions. If you have any burning questions on EVE for Jon, let me know in the comments and I'll be sure to ask him if there's time.

Whether you're a die-hard fan of internet spaceships or just a gawker on the sidelines, EVE Fanfest is the EVE Online event of the year (and the key source of new DUST 514 and World of Darkness scoops!). Follow Massively's Brendan Drain as he reports back on this year's Fanfest starpower, scheming, and spoilers from exotic Reykjavik, Iceland.

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