CCP Games has announced a whole new era for its long term sci-fi experience, EVE Online, confirming the game will be going free-to-play later this year.
The new update, announced in a rather lengthy and detailed post on the official website, will alter the play field ever so slightly by introducing two tiers, known as Clone States. The Alpha Clone State is the basic starting point, free to everyone but limited in its skill sets and slower in their training speeds. Those who have a paid subscription (both new and existing players, since it will still be available) are considered Omega States, allowing full access to skill sets and normal training speeds among a number of advantages.
Here’s what it means in the game world:
This feature is built around the complex biotechnology which originally gave rise to the capsuleers: clones. Technological advancements in New Eden have led to a new way of manufacturing and augmenting clones, unlocking the possibility for a variety of distinct Clone States. With this technology, clone manufacturers can now build and distribute clones which possess a base state, the Alpha state. They can be enhanced or otherwise altered to achieve other states, but the Alpha state will always exist underneath. The state of a given clone may affect its access to trained skills, its ability to train new ones, or the rate at which new skills are acquired.
That’s a rather simple overview of the new model of play, so if you want much more detail and what it means to be a free player or a subscription player, I’d suggest reading the full blog post. or have a look at the video blog below:
The reason for the update? To increase growth within the player base going forward and ensuring those who pay or have paid for a subscription in the past don’t feel left behind. For a new player like myself, it’s nice to know I can at least try it out before committing to the paid model, but even playing for free doesn’t leave me too far behind the rest of the pack or lock out many features.
Are you a current EVE Online player? What do you think about this new clone system? Shout out in the comments below.
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