For many of us EVE Online is as impenetrable as the nation's tax policies and, in some cases, twice as hard. While the game never broke any sales records, it did manage to acquire a substantial amount of players over the course of its lifetime.
Now, the space MMO with a heavy emphasis on open market trading, Icelandic developer CCP Games is making the final preparations for the game's free-to-play option releasing on November 15. To get you in the mood, CCP Games have released a new trailer that shows off the enticing galaxy of New Eden and its players.
While this trailer doesn't really tell you much about the day-to-day existence of a lowly Capsuleer, it does capture the game's atmosphere of ever-present danger in a large sandbox quite well!
The introduction of the free-to-play option will split up the player base into 2 distinct groups: Omega Clone State players and Alpha Clone State players. The former is reserved for subscribed players and gives them everything the game has to offer, whereas the latter will have access to a smaller number of ships and features. While Alpha Clone State players can't access all ships and skills in the game, they will be able to be competitive with paying players. However, it is possible for Alpha Clone State players to acquire and trade Plex, an in-game currency players can use to buy a subscription to the game without real money.
If you've been waiting for the opportune moment to try out EVE Online, then this is most certainly it.
EVE Online is, in more ways than one, a second job that you need to invest a ton of hours into until you start to see a return on your investment (as far as games can do that). It's a gorgeous game full of opportunity and emergent gameplay that you won't be able to find anywhere else. I've tried the game in the past (before the revamped tutorial) and I think I'll give it another go when the game goes free-to-play.
What do you think of EVE Online introducing a free-to-play option? Will this convince you to give the game a go? Let us know in the comment section below!