EVE Online’s next free expansion, Ascension, will be hitting the servers on November 8, bringing with it Clone States — EVE’s answer to free-to-play. Clone states, as detailed in CCP’s original announcement, will allow people to play without having to pay. However, there are limits.

Unlike WoW and some other subscription games that limit players’ ability to level up and participate in the content related in those levels as well as their ability to communicate with others in the game, CCP has elected to limit the amount and variety of skills a player can have. This is akin to the level restriction system, however players are not limited to a specific area and can participate in most activities as long as those activities are not dependent upon skills they don’t have.

The clone state system also allows players to slip between being paid subscribers (Omega clones) and non-paid (Alpha clones) without actually losing anything. As soon as an Alpha player subscribes they will once again have access to everything in their Omega state.

Of course, the clone system is not the only thing arriving with the new expansion. Players can also look forward to a variety of updates and additions. More information on the expansion itself is available on the EVE Online blog.

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  1. idontcare on October 13, 2016

    ”free2play” they must be losing many players they are desperate and then they decided to do this…this game is based on pvp and people trolling you and killing you is like a arena game when people have a bad day then they log in to this game and start kill everyone.

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  3. CoG on October 11, 2016

    I think it’s a great game…must be all the mental midgets who has a problem with this game…name one absolute F2P game…there isnt any…I’ll be downloading this on the 8th of Nov.

    • dave minster on October 11, 2016

      dude you are only getting about 20% of the whole game in the free to play.. You are better off just buying it trust me.

    • yokki on October 12, 2016

      path of exile

  4. Blam on October 11, 2016

    Great game. This game is definitely not for kids. I like this free to play mode, its a longer trial, you can test the game for a longer time before you subscribe. I hope they will never make this game free to play as this will ruin the economy in the game, because the economy is driven by players. Even though the game has more than 10 years, the graphics are very good because they have been updated.

    • ASD on October 11, 2016

      Even I admit the games great but sadly the F2P concept is a joke.

    • Player1 on October 11, 2016

      Well you can sleep well now cuz ain’t got no time for this game, so basically i won’t be invading your safe space…

  5. MasterOF on October 11, 2016

    just another scam game. if they paid me to play this I would refuse. the game is a joke.

  6. TreadHead on October 11, 2016

    It’s not F2P and they didn’t even call it that it either. Its more like the unlimited trial that WoW has.

  7. ASD on October 11, 2016

    I honestly thought of trying eve online for the past 2 years but I just wasn’t into their content and after reading this article this makes their F2P model a joke. I don’t know any subscription games besides World of warcraft and I know PSN and xbox live offers subscriptions but those probably don’t count in this case. But I believe World of warcraft has a good balance in F2P and subscription I hate the limitations but eve online’s version of F2P is a joke in my opinion.

  8. Lei Hng Wei on October 11, 2016

    I tried EVE years ago, and left because I got tired of paying to be victimised by keyboard bullies. Can’t enjoy a game if you spend the whole time looking over your shoulder for suicide gankers.

    I see this as a ploy to bring in new victims for the veteran griefers.

    Sandbox is now synonymous with open world Player-Killing.

    • Hellsworth on October 11, 2016

      Woot? F’real? I just left because after a whole afternoon of playing I was still in the tutorial and right before dinner I realised I had 2 more tutorials to make. 😛

  9. rickshaw on October 10, 2016

    One the biggest f2p jokes ever
    I’m sure they needed to release this on April fools day.
    As its not f2p at all.
    Its basically join & be locked in a jail.
    oh..& if you want out! please pay up! for your release.
    Its kind like being locked up in a corrupt nation, this isn’t even close to f2p basics.
    Another bad by CCP 🙁

  10. gg on October 10, 2016

    how old is this game?!!? Too outdated for F2P

    • ASD on October 15, 2016

      It was launched in 2003 and just because a game is old doesn’t make it outdated. Look at world of warcraft they launched in 2004 and they still are extremely popular and releasing cool update expansions.