- Thera is the 101st of 101 new wormhole systems
- The 101 systems will not all have the same characteristics
- Thera will have NPC stations, a "gigantic" number of wormhole connections, and lots of sites.
In addition to these reveals, another Hilen message was posted today in the forums. The apparent translation of the message is along the lines that the previous messages cannot be trusted and Hilen is being held captive in a wormhole system. The message possibly makes reference to two more system identifiers that are way outside the known systems. Unfortunately, those numbers do not line up specifically with that 101 systems indicated by Fozzie. Either these things are unrelated or there was a missed opportunity to connect the two together.
My initial out of character reaction is displeasure. There was a certain beauty to a small number of unique named wormhole systems being added. Even more so if it actually tied into the lore being presented. 101 systems is a significant number, nearly as many as all of Class 6 wormhole space. Given the large numbers of unoccupied existing wormhole systems, it leaves me thinking that these systems will be far from the busy hubs they appeared to be from the first announcement. Instead, it feels more like they will be a series of wastelands, unoccupied by many, adding little if any value to the existing universe. I am having a hard time seeing the goal of adding so many new wormhole-like systems.
In addition, if "gigantic number" of wormhole connections is truly of a level not seen in existing space, Thera alone is going to make wormhole space a swiss cheese of connections. We saw this with the Kronos release when the frigate hole spawn rates were exceptionally high. It was not a pleasant state of affairs for wormholes where too much connectivity is just as bad, if not worse, as too little.
I hope I can modify this update with a more positive result when the actual devblog lands, but with the information currently available, my excitement for this announcement has been drastically reduced.