Planet Eclipse to Halt New Gun Editions
For many consecutive years now many of the top paintball industry giants have fallen into a routine of producing brand new editions of their popular gear, especially when it comes to their markers. This is a huge departure from the first 20+ years of paintball, where guns like the Autococker, Automag and others stuck with a classic design for long periods of time and relied on the users and third-party aftermarket parts to make each gun unique.
A number of paintball community figureheads have credited the huge downfall of the pball industry to the fact that players could not keep up with having to buy the hottest and newest gun every 12 months from their favorite company, which lead to many turning to buy used equipment from the internet. It is commonly believed that the product makers should stick with a reliable edition of the best existing gear and focus on marketing that for a long period of time, which is exactly what Planet Eclipse appears to be doing.
The company has announced that they will not be producing a Ego 12 for next year, breaking a long chain of annual releases. PE released their own statement on the matter:
People seem to start speculating on the next model of marker almost as
soon as we have released one. As always the rumour mill is hot talking
about the next EGO.
The EGO has been in a yearly cycle of new releases pretty much since the
inception of the EGO platform in 2004. We feel the time is right to
stop the annual revision to not only give R&D more time to develop
and test new innovations but to also extend the life and value of the
current model. The performance of the EGO11 has surpassed all of our
expectations and the list of upgrades and improvements was going to be
so small we have taken the decision not to launch an EGO12.
The EGO will stay as is now with the same great features and body shape
until we feel the time is right for the next generation of EGO. This
will not be determined by time or season but by research and development
through innovation and passion. The EGO11 name will change at some
point as we will be deleting the year stamp but the EGO name will
We hope you embrace this move, which will hopefully give everyone a much
more stable platform to promote and market the existing models in what
we all know are difficult times. The world wide economy is on the mend,
but it’s going to take time. We have listened and taken on board
concerns of end users and dealers alike and we hope this decision will
So far the news has been met with almost unanimous approval from the players, who agree that it will be best for both the industry and the community if our remaining paintball leaders put more of a focus on growing the sport rather than needlessly expanding their product line.