EVE Online will erect a memorial to a 21-hour, all-out space battle that spanned Monday and Tuesday, commemorating the loss of 75 Titans - the largest ship in the spacefaring MMO.
EVE developer CCP Games says the CFC and Russian forces won the encounter that ended up causing about 11 trillion dollars' worth of damage in EVE currency, which equals about $300,000 to US$330,000 (NZ$401,952) in the real-world.
Initial estimates of the virtual battle's cost were about US$500,000 (NZ$604,660) in real-world cash, but it is the loss of the Titans themselves that defines the Battle of B-R5RB.
To put it in perspective, the previous record for most Titans lost in a battle was 12, which had happened twice.
“The winning side alone had lost more Titans that in any battle seen before,” CCP writes in this official recap of the battle and its aftermath. “The losing side had lost more Titans than anyone had previously thought possible.”
Why are Titans such a big deal, aside from being, well, big?
They “take thousands of man hours to produce, take months to train to fly, and are capable of fitting massive doomsday weapons that obliterate lesser ships with a single volley.”
The defeat of a Titan is a major event in an EVE battle, and a significant setback to the alliance that loses one. In this case, CFC and its Russian Coalition allies lost 16 and won. The N3 Coalition and Pandemic Legion lost 59.
Thus the plans for “Titanomachy”.
Work has already begun on the memorial by CCP designers using Titan wreck models introduced in the game’s most recent update.
Titanomachy “will be placed around the seventh planet in the B-R5RB solar system and be ‘off grid’ from the station. Thereafter, any player who plays EVE can make the dangerous pilgrimage there and marvel at the scope of destruction.”
The attention given to the size of the battle and the financial losses incurred have almost obscured a key detail about any battle: who the hell won.
In this case, CFC and the Russian Coalition prevailed decisively, massive payback for the stinging defeat N3 and Pandemic handed them a little more than a week ago.
The battle raged for so long it was stopped by daily server maintenance downtime, but by then Pandemic and N3 were limping out of the system in retreat.
In sum, 7,548 different characters involved with the two coalitions participated in the battle. Fifty-five different player alliances were fighting under one of the larger banners.
Let’s not forget the losses of other huge capital ships, like 13 Supercarriers and 370 Dreadnaughts. The Doomsday lasers that the Titans carry were fired 775 times. CCP says that accounts for 24 per cent of all Doomsday firings in the past two years in the game.
And the final bill: 11 Trillion ISK (EVE’s currency) in damage and losses.
“The lost momentum in the Southern conflict due to the B-R fight is a far greater loss than the ISK assets,” writes Elise Randolph, a Pandemic Legion fleet commander.
“Because try as you might, you cannot buy swagger.”
EVE simulates a universe of more than 7500 stars. It features more than 500,000 players piloting starships and engaging in a virtual economy linked to real-world money.
CCP Games says the skirmish erupted after a coalition member missed a bill payment that would've ensured security.
During the encounter, 75 Titan vessels were destroyed. The megaships take months for gamers to build and are worth about US$3000 each.