Well folks, as we reported early Tuesday morning as you were all washing sparkler dust from your mitts, and cleaning dried up beer flakes from your gulliver (yes, gulliver), EVE Online isn't going to die in a fire. The dust hasn't exactly cleared but it looks like just about everyone except those vehemently against any and all forms of microtransactions can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Here are the basics:
Only vanity items will ever be sold in the store.
Nothing that would ever risk "unfair" advantages given to one player for money will be sold.
Pricing decisions and the like are under review, and explanations are forthcoming.
Pretty much everyone involved at the emergency CSM meeting in Iceland agreed that the communication on all things involved with the store could have been better, and CCP basically flatout apologized for the way the whole thing was handled.
Now I know there are some who will say, "Yeah, but still they should have never let that memo leak" or "the prices are still way too high". You're probably right. In fact, even as a non-player I know enough about this industry from surrounding myself with it for nearly a decade to say that's exactly right. But then all of this is over, you know what's going to be remembered? Just that memo. Just the "scare" and the threat of mass exodus.
It will serve as a future reminder to CCP and if we're lucky other companies that players are not afraid to band together and stand up for something they believe in. These may be "games", but they're so much more than what that word implies, and I think CCP realizes that. Heck, they probably know that more than most devs based solely on the love and care with which they interact alongside the community. They don't just offer a forum and say "Go bark there, peon." They brought the CSM into the company as a part of the development staff so to speak. What other developer has ever done that?
I know this has been a hairy situation for all involved, and I don't want to sound like a CCP apologist, but give the guys and gals a break. They're gamers like the rest of us, only they do it for a living. If anyone realizes how valuable we are to the game, it's them.