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[Engadget] Free-to-play is coming to MMO Eve Online

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After over a decade with a straight subscription model, the massively multiplayer space RPG EVE: Online is adding a free-to-play tier. While paid accounts will still exist for new and old players alike, the new free accounts will give gamers basic access to the vast EVE universe, "New Eden."

CCP Games says it's been planning to make the switch for a while, but it's only recently been possible to do so. "Part of our vision for the future of EVE has included more open access for some time, but with the interconnected nature of the game comes vulnerability," it said in the announcement post. "We knew that if the flood gates were opened in the wrong way, we could see anything from server meltdowns to the collapse of the EVE economy. Over time, our hardware has improved, code has been untangled (mostly!) and we've found a design we believe in."

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Should be nice for people wanting to try the game
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Should be nice for people wanting to try the game

That's what the 14 day trial is for in my opinion. I hope they don't screw this up...
    
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Couldn't resist the "free to play" cash anymore i guess and i don't blame them tbh

the amount people spend on cashshops are insane.
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That's what the 14 day trial is for in my opinion. I hope they don't screw this up...
14 Days isn't enough time to get the hang of EVE.
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14 Days isn't enough time to get the hang of EVE.


That's how I felt, I played a couple days then gave up since I knew I wouldn't be able to do anything meaningful in the trial time limit. I bounce between games a lot, so I don't pay subscription fees because it wouldn't be a sound investment.
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That's what the 14 day trial is for in my opinion. I hope they don't screw this up...

14 days and 21 day trials is crap all in terms of being able to do anything.
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This video does a great job at explaining it.



More information about this here: Introducing Clone States and the Future of Access to Eve Online

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Today, we have something exciting to share with you; our plans for a new feature that will let both old and new players take part in EVE Online for free.

This is a big, fundamental change to the way EVE works, so we’d like to go over the high level concept, some reasoning for it, and the kind of help we need from you to make it solid. Then, at the bottom of the blog you can find a full Q&A section which addresses points not covered in the blog itself.

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.

When we launch later this year there will be two clone states available:

The Alpha Clone State is the new base state for all clones and it will be available to any character in New Eden at any time. Clones in the Alpha state will be able to train and use a specific set of skills including tech one Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers for your faction along with essential weapons and modules. Alphas will also train skills at a reduced rate compared to Omegas.

The Omega Clone State is obtained by augmenting basic clones using neural expanders and cerebral acceleration technology, granting unlimited skill access. Omega clone state will behave exactly as your subscribed characters do now.
Your clone state will be determined by your account status. Characters on subscribed or PLEXed accounts will be granted Omega state, while Alpha state will be given to characters on any unsubscribed account.
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It takes months and months of actual time to train up a character. I found myself keeping an active subscription just to train skills even though I didn't have the desire to play. I might redownload just to mess around with EVE again.
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If I could offer one piece of advise to people starting Eve it would be a simple one:

Do not start as the Amarr faction.



For a bit of clarification:
Theres a corporation (clan, guild, fleet, etc) who operate in the Amarr new player region of space and prey on new players forcing them to pay for rights to mine minerals in that area.
Cowards who dare not venture beyond the confines of the safe new player regions of space....
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