Moon Mineral Distribution Update

by EVE Ecosystem4:30pm on Friday 27th March 2020

Greetings,

Last month we announced impending changes to how minerals are distributed across Moons in New Eden. Now when we are getting closer to the actual date when these will be implemented to the game, we wanted to start expanding on the overall plan and explain our reasoning, goals, and objectives for this Herculean task of creating a healthier and more dynamic ecosystem.

Today, we are going to focus on what is changing in terms of moon mineral distribution. We will follow it up with additional information about the grander plan in the next few days.


What is Changing

  • All basic ores (Veldspar, Scordite, Pyroxeres, Plagioclase, Omber, Kernite, Jaspet, Hemprphite, Hedbergite, Gneiss, Dark Ochre, Spodumain, Crokite, Bistot, Arkonor), will be removed from moons. In some cases, they have been replaced with Moon Ore.
  • All basic materials (Tritanium, Pyerite, Mexallon, Isogen, Nocxium, Zydrine, Megacyte) will be removed from moon ore DNA (refining materials output table below) with the following exceptions:
    • R4 moon ores (Bitumens, Coesite, Sylvite, Zeolites) keep their original yield of Pyerite & Mexallon (Tritanium was removed).

| Ore | Pyerite | Mexallon | | ---------- | ---------- | ---------- | | Bitumens | 6,000 | 400 | | Brimful Bitumens | 6,900 | 460 | | Glistening Bitumens | 12,000 | 800 | | Sylvite | 4,000 | 400 | | Brimful Sylvite | 4,600 | 460 | | Glistening Sylvite | 8,000 | 800 | | Zeolites | 8,000 | 400 | | Brimful Zeolite | 9,200 | 640 | | Glistening Zeolite | 16,000 | 800 | | Coesite | 2,000 | 400 | | Brimful Coesite | 2,300 | 460 | | Glistening Coesite | 4,000 | 800 |


Moon mining extractions that are currently underway will not be affected by the ore distribution changes. As such, they will give the ores they promised when the jobs started. New extractions will be pulling the new ore distributions.

We are changing the contents of moon ores, but not basic ores. When you refine moon ores, you won't get basic minerals (as per the exceptions above). This will take effect immediately.

Combined, these mean that your current pull will give you the same ores you expected at the start, but you will get a different mineral yield than you expected when you refine the moon ores.


Concerns

We understand that there is a minimum expense (structure + drill) associated with establishing functional moon mining facilities but, since the income was quite generous for quite some time, many moon mining facilities are already beyond the break-even point. The main issue after these changes will be associated with the choice to deploy new structures. We will be keeping a close eye on the profitability of new moon mining operations and plan further changes accordingly.


Future Plans

We are planning on increasing the demand for R4 moon goo through the industry (blueprint) changes. These changes don't have a delivery date yet.

Another ecosystem article is coming very soon, so keep an eye on our channels to make sure you won't miss a thing! In the meantime, we welcome your feedback on the matter on the official EVE Online forums.