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Friday, November 27, 2009

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EVE Online: Sovereignty & Mail System Updates
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new CCP Games developer blog offers more information about changes coming to the company's sci-fi MMO, EVE Online, with the release of the Dominion expansion later this year. This time the information update offers a glimpse of some of the behind the scenes changes to the game's application programming interface.

As you probably know already, the sovereignty system is getting a new haircut in the Dominion expansion, switching from mohawk to spikes. Relevant API pages have been altered to reflect the change of style. In short, some rowset columns have been removed, one added and one full new page added.

Another big change brought forth by His Mightyness the Dominion is an updated mail system. Not only has it been updated but also split in twain by a group of heavy machinery wielding, Rammstein loving meta-astronauts calling themselves And there will be Cake, adding a notification system to which all server-generated mails (agents, bills, etc.) will be directed.

So. We've added both systems to the API. The data structure is similar in both systems so we used the same technique to access them via the API. To pre-emtively break some hearts - the API will not give you any mail bodies or detailed notification information, nor will you be able to send mail through the API. You will not be able to page through your mail/notifications like the wallet pages allow. This is an API feature that is likely to be under heavy bombardment so we've had to contain our enthusiasm for pleasing the crowd quite a bit. At least for now. Let me attempt to explain how this works.
Read more at the page linked below.

EVE Online Blog: Dominion API
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