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EVE Online to get huge expansion

EVE Online to get huge expansion

EVE Online will get a new boxed release as part of a drive to find new players.

EVE Online, usually held to be the largest and most maddeningly complex of all the popular MMOs, is getting a massive new expansion according to developer CCP.

CCP made the announcement on the last day of the EVE Online fanfest and said that the new expansion will be released on March 10th next year.

The new expansion is currently untitled but will be adding in a slew of new features and updates, including Tech 3 modular ship designs, new branching mission structures and the ability to travel into uncharted space via unstable wormholes. The whole expansion will be focused on exploration according to Eurogamer, allowing players to use new skills and modules to explore all new areas.

The expansion will also add new space phenomena, resources and items which will build towards the new Tech 3 technology level.

As part of an effort to bring new players to the game too, CCP will be publishing EVE Online in a new boxed retail copy that will include all previous expansions. The boxed edition is going to be published by Atari.

CCP is also working to streamline the game experience, enabling new players to get up and into space a lot quicker and define their character in the first few days of play.

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Gunsmith 10th November 2008, 14:01 Quote
excellent
ozstrike 10th November 2008, 14:04 Quote
Hmm, might start playing again when this comes out. Looks interesting.
Almightyrastus 10th November 2008, 14:26 Quote
I tried EVE a while back and I really couldn't get into it. Sure it looks amazing, one of the best things out there in terms of the look and feel of space but the mission structure and navigation just left me with a feeling of 'ok, so now what?'

I have thought of giving it another crack but unfortunately I don't have the time anymore :(
LeMaltor 10th November 2008, 14:58 Quote
-1 for no live fanfest coverage this year
DarkLord7854 10th November 2008, 16:02 Quote
Going to re-sub as soon as this gets released :D
Xir 10th November 2008, 17:01 Quote
Played the Beta and loved it, but the monthly cost fended me off.
GavX 10th November 2008, 17:05 Quote
Played the last one but it just seemed like a bit of a grind fest until you get high enough up to join clans etc, still some of it was a good laugh, my destroyer was ace! (ok, it would die in the blink of an eye to most other things, but it looked cool...)
Again Xir hit the nail on the head, £10 a month is a fair bit of cash and it does need ALOT of time and commitment
OnyxLilninja 10th November 2008, 17:05 Quote
CCP has given us 5 years of free EVE updates... the best having just been released giving epic battles that before would lag awfully, now totally playable (1000 people fighting...). Awesome company, awesome game.
proxess 10th November 2008, 17:31 Quote
The only thing that puts me off is the fetchy price.
Xen0phobiak 10th November 2008, 18:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by GavX
Played the last one but it just seemed like a bit of a grind fest until you get high enough up to join clans etc, still some of it was a good laugh, my destroyer was ace! (ok, it would die in the blink of an eye to most other things, but it looked cool...)
Again Xir hit the nail on the head, £10 a month is a fair bit of cash and it does need ALOT of time and commitment

£10 isn't a lot tbh. I used to run 3 accounts until I ran out of time to play.
DarkLord7854 10th November 2008, 18:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
The only thing that puts me off is the fetchy price.

The monthly price? It enables them to keep bringing out free content updates, more then worth it IMO considering most other MMOs (WoW) charge you monthly AND charge you for expansions.
Nexxo 10th November 2008, 18:30 Quote
The price is OK but it is too much of a grindfest. I simply don't have that sort of time in my personal life.

I love the graphics and like the whole coherent feel of that universe, but I'd like something that I can dip in and out of for short spells when I have some time to play with, and that is not all about shooting at each other.
Torwald 10th November 2008, 18:59 Quote
Monthly costs ? Err... I play from May and I have bought ONE game time card for real money ;) All other GTC were bought for ISK...
You CAN play for free, you know...

About EVE: I LOVE IT :D No "WoW-kids" around, because EVE is too complicated for them (and no fancy-looking swords'n'stuff :P).
Am I wrong, or CPP is going to launch this expansion FREE to all paying users ?
Xen0phobiak 10th November 2008, 20:52 Quote
All eve expansions are free.
koola 10th November 2008, 20:52 Quote
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CCP is also working to streamline the game experience, enabling new players to get up and into space a lot quicker and define their character in the first few days of play.

More like dumbing it down. I'm still a bit miffed at CCP about the whole ghost skilltraining nerf.

It's still welcome news though.
13en 10th November 2008, 21:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Torwald
Monthly costs ? Err... I play from May and I have bought ONE game time card for real money ;) All other GTC were bought for ISK...
You CAN play for free, you know...

Is that legit? Or is it a bit dodgy, like the people who just sell ISK? Also roughly how much is it per month? Say earnable with a cruiser? The could just tempt me back...
LeMaltor 10th November 2008, 21:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by 13en
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torwald
Monthly costs ? Err... I play from May and I have bought ONE game time card for real money ;) All other GTC were bought for ISK...
You CAN play for free, you know...

Is that legit? Or is it a bit dodgy, like the people who just sell ISK? Also roughly how much is it per month? Say earnable with a cruiser? The could just tempt me back...

Current game time cards will run you about 500 to 600 million isk for 60 days, so you really need to be earning 10 million isk a day, more if you want to buy new skills and ships and everything else, you basically end up playing to play, just grinding more to be able to carry on playing. Also they are making the 60 day time cards splitable so that people can buy 30 days ingame, whether this will bring prices down or up know one knows, but they will probably go up as they will be buyable on the ingame market = everyone will have access to buy them, no need to go through forum and talk to people, you just buy they as you would anything else ingame.

As for whether you could do that in a cruiser, I would say no.
Veles 11th November 2008, 00:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
and that is not all about shooting at each other.

I played EVE for a while and I don't think I've ever shot anyone

Unfortuneately I don't really have the time or money for it anymore, was going to get a carrier, oh well.
metarinka 11th November 2008, 04:57 Quote
I played the game but a few things put me off
A) the lack of chagne in environment. The space scapes where stunning but all of them consisted of an empty zone with maybe a few asteroids, no real interesting deviation that affected combat
B) Bad risk-reward schemes for deep space and the likes. I happen to be a huge fan of pvp and I don't even mind loosing ships (something I almost never did) but the rewards for going into deep space are usually out stripped by the massive risks.

it was a fun game and i loved the detailed economy and being in a corporation but some things just made it very slow at times, for minimal rewards
RotoSequence 11th November 2008, 06:15 Quote
As opposed to WoW or other MMOs, with it's lightning fast gameplay and massive rewards? :P
Journeyer 11th November 2008, 07:02 Quote
Oooh aaaah, shame about the long wait, but excellent news. Will be awaiting this anxiously, and hopefully Fallout 3 will help me drive the time away. :D
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