I’m CCP Tuxford from team Super Friends and I’m here to tell you about all the wonderful things we have been doing this summer and which will soon make their way to Tranquility as part of Odyssey 1.1. Well to be honest most people have been on vacation and it’s been fairly slow in the office but we still managed to iterate a bit on the probe scanning UI. So what exactly have we been doing?

Cosmic Anomalies and Cosmic Signatures are no longer removed from results

These results used to be populated when you entered the system and when you started scanning we would only show the ones which the probes were in range of. This was a bit odd behavior since you could get those results back by re-logging or jumping in and out of the system.

Results no longer lose information

As results get more accurate we start displaying more information in the results. For example if the certainty is less than 25% you only know basic information like…'it is a ship'. Once you get better result you might discover it’s actually a battleship and finally when above 75% it is revealed that it is a Megathron. We have added persistence to those results. That is if you have discovered that signature “XYZ-123” is a Megathron battleship then the UI will show that it’s a Megathron even though your last hit was less than 75%. Note the signature is unique per item (ship, structure, dungeon, …) so this doesn’t mean that you can quickly discover all Megathrons in system just that this certain signature is a Megathron.

Custom Formations

The new probe formation system was always designed in such a way that it would be easy to add custom formations. The basic formations we’ve added are far from being the optimum formation and we always knew that they would never fit your every need. We’ve added the ability to save your own formations to fill that need.

So how does it work? You just place the probes in the formation that you like and then click the custom formation icon, write down the name of the formation and click “Save”. We then persist the location and the size of the probes. When you want to place them in this formation you simply hit the custom formation button (Next to other formation buttons). You can have up to 8 probes in the formation and probes will just be launched and recalled as needed. You can have  a total of 10 custom formations.

These features are already ready for you to test on Singularity so go have a look 😀


  1. Dirty Rotten Sneaky Bastard

    They seem to be making scanning much easier and faster. Ratting pubbies beware!

    August 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm Reply
  2. Bring thePain

    Before they even see the probes are out they will be dead.

    August 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm Reply
  3. Dinsdale Pirannha

    CCP, you are dumbing stuff down way way too much.

    August 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply
    1. TiredOfAllTheStupid

      A lot if this stuff isn’t dumbing down, but rather basic stuff, like being able to have custom formations.

      August 23, 2013 at 12:14 am Reply
    2. Nub Pubbie

      How is this dumbing things down? When you jump into a system you can see where all the cosmic sigs are. It makes sense that after you run a scan, your ship still knows those general locations.
      Secondly, allowing players to customize their own probe formations to use for various situations adds more options.

      August 23, 2013 at 5:16 am Reply
  4. I think these are good changes. Why does everything in EVE have to hard? It does not because the social aspect is the learning curve, it should not also be the technical stuff too. From a lore perspective with all the technology in the EVE universe why would scanning not be easier?

    You still need skills to actually do it extremely well, but making the interface actually more accessible and usable is great. From a pure sci-fi perspective being able to locate stuff in space not cloaked would be very easy because space travel is pointless without knowing where you are going and what could be/is in the way. Submarine travel relies on sonar to know everything…they are blind without it and would not be able to effectively move around underwater. Space travel would be no different.

    I am glad CCP is making the accessibility of the different things in the game more user friendly. It is funny that people fuss about changes like this. It will be nice to be able to save your formations and have results actually mean something. It makes playing the game less work and more focused on content…which is good.

    August 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm Reply
    1. Devore

      “From a lore perspective with all the technology in the EVE universe why would scanning not be easier?”

      For the same reason we have to manually convert from AU to KM. Because CCP says so.

      August 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm Reply
  5. ex-explorer

    Scanning has been dumbed down far too much. Relic and Data sites outside Sansha space are now worthless compared to even belt ratting in terms of income

    August 23, 2013 at 3:35 am Reply
    1. Dennis the Dreamer

      Actually, scanning is useless when you blew all the relic and data sites and get nothing. I r so hated hacking. :)

      August 23, 2013 at 4:39 am Reply
  6. Black n Blue

    As long as he’s not near the server power switch everything is good.

    August 23, 2013 at 8:46 am Reply
  7. HCAndroidson

    Whats the point of scanning? CCP keeps promoting exploration, but i just spend an entire day scanning in low sec and wormholes and running sites…. to the tune of 15 mil ISK in total.
    NOT WORTH IT!! And CCP keeps giving me carbon and paper sheets… wtf? That is an insult..
    If you want people to explore make it worthwhile… as it is its just a cruel and unusual punishment.

    August 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply
    1. Garry Erata

      U must’ve done something wrong, and btw exploration income isn’t counted by just a day effort. Some days u found cheap trash, some days u hit jackpot. i spent the last week netting more than 4 bill worth of assets.

      August 24, 2013 at 9:56 am Reply
  8. shari evan

    easier game -> more new subscriptions -> more killmails & pewpew. I see, ‘dumbing things down’ is very evil! Don’t give us new corp. members and/or moar killmails!
    Srsly, put your head out of your bitter-vet arses and get over it 😉

    August 24, 2013 at 12:00 am Reply
  9. Maximus Decimal


    August 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

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