Today will be the day people look back and say "that was the day Eve changed".
Incarna. Walking in stations. Avatars. You are no longer just a ship, you are a person. Actual immersion for roleplaying can begin. Like Clear Skies movies? How about with super detailed avatars instead of the Half Life stand ins? This is a game changer and while pretty limited right now, if CCP sticks to the plan for Incarna then this is only the first step.
Eve is changing. In the podcast community people are doing more parody songs, and they are starting to do more dramatizations and projects beyond the "what I did in Eve today" podcasts. Clear Skies shows conclusively that the community has an appetite for this kind of Eve, an Eve where Internet Spaceships are Not-So-Serious business.
Make no mistake, Eve has been changing for a long time already. Learning skills? Gone. Mission Agent Quality and hordes of social skills? Gone. Improving new player experience, certificates to guide skill training, Incursions for more advanced group PvE play, micro-transactions for vanity items... Eve is changing.
There are going to be many who hate the changes and rail against them. Many have already left, feeling the game that they loved is already gone and this new one is unrecognizable or at least unlikeable. They feel that the spaceships have been abandoned and the game is flawed in many areas that are not addressed in expansion after expansion. Sometimes they are wrong, many times they are right, but CCP faced a choice to support a relatively static player base for hardcore internet spaceships or work to court a larger audience that is not so hardcore for PvP spaceships and more into a "complete sci-fi experience". In the end money will win out and Eve is changing.
Will the gamble pay off? Can they deliver enough station walking experience in the next year or two to pass the gap between old bitter vets leaving and new bright eyed newbs arriving? Time will tell. Will the DUST 514 gamble pay off and add a layer of sophistication to null sec wars unheard of now? Time will tell. Regardless, Eve is changing.