CCP has today announced that after 13 years of being under a paid subscription model, their massive space MMORPG is finally going free. That’s right, you’ll be able to dive right into a game which sees thousands of players jump into one huge persistent universe without paying a penny.
But what does that mean for the future of the game?
Well lets begin with how CCP hope to open EVE Online to the masses. In a big November 2016 update, the game will receive a brand new Clone States feature. This feature will do away with trial accounts and allow any player, past, present, or future, to play the game absolutely free, forever.
“This feature will be one of the biggest changes to the EVE universe ever, exponentially and aggressively fueling the boundless potential of EVE’s greatest game content—its players,” CCP said in a press release.
Come November, players will be divided into two clone states, Omega Clones will act similar to current EVE characters, with unlimited access to skill progression and rapid skill training. Alpha clones on the other hand, will become the new base state for all characters and will be available to any character, at any time. They’ll also be able to train and use a specific set of skills to fly some of the more common ships into battle: Tech 1 frigates, destroyers, and cruisers.
While I’m pretty unfamiliar with EVE Online, I have to say that with the game going free, I’m pretty interested in diving into the game to see what all the fuss is about.
You can read more about the November update over on the CCP blog, or alternatively you can check out the video below which explains the new features in more detail.