CCP Games have just announced the newest expansion to their massive single shard free-to-play spaceship MMO EVE Online. The expansion is called Invasion, and it will arrive on May 28. EVE Online: Invasion will bring an exciting new adversary to the known space of New Eden for the first time, and the mysterious Triglavian race will be at the forefront of this invasion. Pilots of Capsule ships, also known as Capsuleers, will step up to a new challenge, facing new enemy ships and escalating consequences to earn lucrative rewards. EVE Online: Invasion will be freely downloadable by all players. The Creative Director of EVE Online, Bergur Finnbogason, shared a statement on the expansion:
EVE has always been about actions having lasting and meaningful consequences, so with EVE Online: Invasion our goal has been to provide a universe-changing event for our community to experience in familiar space. Capsuleers will be defending their territory from a fearsome new sect. We’re incredibly keen to see our players fighting for the star systems they hold dear against an increasingly serious threat unlike anything they've ever faced before!
Invasion will offer players a new presence and dimension to the gameplay in New Eden, bringing players back time and again, inspiring them to become part of the history in the making. The effects of Invasion promise to change the EVE universe forever. CCP Games' CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson also had a statement on what the developer hopes to accomplish:
EVE Online has always had the goal of providing new experiences and a living universe like no other. With EVE celebrating 16 years of strength and innovation, we continue to build on that ambition and tradition. I truly believe that by challenging our Capsuleers to defend the universe they have shaped, their destiny - as ever - remains in their own hands, ensuring EVE's appeal now and into the future.
Throughout 2019 and onward, Invasion will introduce three new formidable Triglavian ships in the Tech II category at Frigate, Destroyer and Cruiser class, in order to progress the story of the Triglavians in EVE Online. Other additions include the Mutaplasmid system that players can loot from Abyssal Deadspace, allowing them to modify their existing ship modules and making them more powerful or efficient, but these modifications are also a risk with irreversible attribute reduction, as is common in the world of EVE Online.
With EVE Online: Invasion CCP Games also brings further iterations to the War Declaration system in order to consolidate recent improvements. There is also plenty of new content and improvements to the user experience in The Agency. Players will be able to access varied and exciting content more easily
The expansion will drop on May 28. You can find out more information about EVE Online: Invasion, including details on the new Triglavian offensive and Tech II ships, new Mutaplasmids and other enhancements, on the official Updates website. If you're new to EVE Online, you can download the game and start playing right now. If you're interested in the celebration of the game's 16 year anniversary, check out this article.
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