After the single largest battle in EVE Online history over a keepstar was waged, CCP Games has had a moment to consider what it means for the EVE Online server infrastructure and how to improve it to better support such large engagements.
While the game’s single Tranquility server did not suffer any form of catastrophic failure, the devs do contend that additional work is needed in order to support and even encourage similarly large battles to take place.
“The attackers did report problems launching fresh waves of unmanned fighters from their carriers, which was their main tactic and which accounted for the lion’s share of their damage output,” explained CCP Guard. “The keepstar was going down slowly but surely for two hours and only managed to heal itself once these problems started getting reported.”
In spite of the fact that the planned battle of attrition appears to be confirmed lost as a result of input lag, CCP Games is looking on the bright side. “Tranquility remained online for the fight, and thankfully we didn’t experience any unscheduled downtime,” said CCP Falcon. “This allowed us to watch performance, look at where the main bottlenecks are for an engagement of this scale, and provides us with a substantial amount of data that we can use to help plan the next steps toward strengthening our infrastructure to support these massive engagements.”
Those next steps, according to Guard, are software-based, with “active development” on systems that will transfer non-essential calculations away from the main server cluster and into the cloud. The battle has also reportedly reinvigorated discussions among the team to look into additional long-term solutions.
“We want to continue to allow our pilots to wage war on a scale that’s never been seen before in online gaming,” closed Falcon.
It’s definitely a shame that the keepstar stayed upright as a result of server problems instead of a well-executed defense strategy, but we are going to join CCP Games in looking at the positives in the aftermath of this latest war. Especially if those positives lead to more galaxy-shaking conflicts. After all, like the video touting the fight stated, neither the battle nor the war are over.