Part space MMO and part corporate espionage simulator, Eve Online has served through the years as a pretty stunning example of what a fully-fledged digital economy can look like. The latest expansion is titled Lifeblood, and it’s all about new ways to mine moons and improve your resource gathering workflow. And, if that wasn’t exciting enough, there are pirates.
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Lifeblood’s headline feature comes in the form of Refineries, a new class of structures set to expand and streamline the Mining process, making a far more efficient path to extract, refine, and process incoming materials. That turns Moon Mining from a passive income source to an active bit of gameplay, pushing players into situations where they’ll either need to work together or kill one another for fun and profit.