From the perspective a low-sec resident I'm hearing mixed signals. Is Null becoming the kind of place that might be fun to actually try, or is the same old same old?
I won't say it's synchronized with the announcement with FozzieSov, but it seems like I've seen an uptick of "I'm going to try out 0.0" eve-mails and chat-comments lately. This is mostly from the industrial corp I have an alt in. Are people anticipating the new Sov, or have conditions improved in general from the last few releases to make it worth taking a stab at? I would be curious if null-sov corps and alliances were starting to quietly recruit industrial types.
We have NC/BL moving on Fountain - is this the last gasp of the old generation of sov warfare coming into position? Blow up all your capitals because soon they won't be worth anything for sov contests? Okay, that's not fair given that you'll still want to hp-grind POSes and such and presumably CCP will be rebalancing capitals before FozzieSov lands... right?
As of this morning we have the news of BRAVE's evac from GE, which I heard from a coworker as I walked in this morning, and of course is all over Reddit and the usual news websites. This has been interesting to hear about for the classics of null warfare: the formups that then turn into stand-downs because intel shows that the other guys will be bringing a force that can't be even reasonably assaulted. (And thanks to the way Logistics works in practice, in which a suicidal attack might not even get any kills, but that's another story.) Apparently PL decided that they'd get more "gudfights" by grinding down the HERO home station - um, yeah. So now my coworker gets to learn what nullsec evacs are like (including insane failed asset moves).
Here in FW lowsec we certainly could face eviction - we saw a bit of that when the Caldari had to move their assets out of Heyd as we prepared to take it, though it sounds like there wasn't really much there. It is conceivable that we could take Hasmijala (Caldari major home) or lose Fliet (Aideron Robotics home). It is even conceivable that someone could bring a massive force that was nearly untouchable - but nowhere near like what we're seeing in PL vs Brave. That's because of the FW sov mechanics - which are clearly the inspiration for FozzieSov. But would the new mechanics really would have made the PL/HERO war any more balanced?
There are a lot of players watching how this all develops, and not only those currently in null. I'm certainly crossing my fingers, and I'll keep my eyes on the Fanfest news...