I feel like our corporation has been resting in hibernation waiting for this release. It is no secret that Citadels are widely viewed as a significant upgrade and improvement for wormhole space. No more will we have to deal with public access Ship Maintenance Arrays at risk from theft, goofy POS and division security systems to protect members from each other, and limited personal storage. Citadels provide not only a first-class inventory system straight from NPC stations, but also a whole new set of offensive capabilities including fighter squadrons and for the large structures, area of effect and doomsday weapons. We have been waiting patiently for this release for over a year now. The security provided by the hangers alone will drastically change the paranoia level of wormhole recruitment. While you still will be concerned with members and their potential to cause trouble from the inside, situations like the recent trouble with NOVAC having their towers taken offline and SMAs ejected will be a thing of the past short of someone with Director access unanchoring a Citadel but even that is a week long process, not something instantaneous.
But for all the benefits that we have been waiting for, including clone swapping in wormhole space, life in C5 and C6 space will never be the same. With capital ship changes, escalation site changes, and the inevitable requirement for a Large Citadel to store capital ships, high-class wormhole space is just now entering their own countdown. In a post-POS, post-Citadel EVE, the minimum investment to live in high-class space (other than using dedicated cap sitters) is a Large Citadel if you want to have capital ships. At an estimated price of 10 billion ISK, it may be a small portion of the ISK needed when you consider the cost of the fleets used, but it is a significant jump from a large POS even fully fitted with defenses and hangers. While our corporation chose C4 space specifically because of the limitations preventing capital use, our focus is being refined with the Citadel release to one of Exploration and Combat by encouraging our scouts to dive into the chain, look for targets (and exploration sites for themselves) but limiting site running PvE to "bear holes" keeping the home system free from PvE. This is not unusual for many wormhole corps, though it is a shift in direction for us as traditionally we have been more relaxed with our pilot activites. While I believe that PvP and PvE focused members will always be in direct conflict, this pending post-POS EVE on the horizon has significant implications for the viability of small bear holes operated by alts. Not only have the capital escalation mechanics changed to curtail just this kind of operation, but now the storage of caps carries a significantly higher price tag to deploy.
Meanwhile, a similar countdown will be ticking away in low-class space. It is not that uncommon to find low-class holes, even down to C2 space with capital ships. Those residents looking to keep their capitals need to start planning for a Large Citadel. Having a Large Citadel in low-class space will scream capitals potentially making it a more desirable target. Citadels will always drop loot in wormhole space and trashing of ships is disabled once the Citadel is reinforced. I have never been one to underestimate the ingenuity or tenacity of wormhole residents and I would expect that we will see the birth of a new kind of squad that hunts and destroys these types of structures...despite those that believe that Large structures in low-class space are near unassailable much like XL in high-class.
This may be the most impactful change to wormhole space in the three years I have been playing EVE. I am very excited for what it will undoubtedly do to re-energize our corporation and the rest of wormhole space.
On a side note, our Alliance has started a new corporation in null-sec looking to build NRDS in Vale. If you are interested in joining on this new adventure, apply to Silent Reckoning. [SLNTR] in game.