EVE Online Hosts Largest Player Battle Ever Witnessed
Over 4,000 players participated in a titanic space battle that lasted five hours long. The battle was between two of EVE Online’s largest coalitions—the CFC and the N3ST in several of the game’s solar systems centered around 6VDT.
With the battle planned in advance, both sides fought for the domination of several of the game’s solar systems. Time was even dilated down to 10 percent—the equivalent of a slideshow to help the servers cope with the massive battle.
At its peak, the battle involved 4,070 pilots and their ships. The most important moment in the battle took place two hours in, when CFC fielded a large fleet of capital ships, whose arrival caused many members of the N3ST to attempt retreat.
By the end of the battle, thousands of ships were destroyed. Breaking world records and in-game bank balances, the battle ended in a victory for CFC. A full break-down of the events can be found at TheMittani, an Eve Online bulletin.
Erlendur Thorsteinsson, an EVE Online developer, confirmed in a tweet that the battle was the biggest ever seen in the game.
The fleet fight in 6VDT-H tonight is the largest ever in EVE, topping at 4070 pilots (so far). Previous was P-2TTL at 3615. #tweetfleet
— Erlendur (@erlendur) July 28, 2013
While running battles are commonplace in the universe of Eve Online, this one—like the legendary Battle of Asakai before it—are uncommon events that happen only once in awhile.