Pilot Syndicate 4 CMDRs are not forced to play in either PVP (open play) or PVE (private group or solo). There are clear benefits and drawbacks to both.

PVP (Player vs Player) happens in open play. It adds immersion and risk and reward when it comes to player confrontation. Players can be griefed in this game mode.

PVE (Player vs Environment) happens in private groups or solo play. Both these also have advantages and disadvantages.
  • Private groups allow you to play with others in a safer environment. However, instances may become crowded especially around CGs.
  • Solo play. Safer as there are no other players in your instance but you lose the immersion of playing with others.