EVE Online Free-to-Play Grows, Project Nova is Still Alive

QuintLyn Bowers
By QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor October 9, 2017
Share:

This past weekend, CCP held its annual EVE Vegas event. As the name suggests, the convention is all about the company's flagship game, EVE Online... and it takes place in Las Vegas. During this EVE-centric weekend, fans of the game spent some time together celebrating and attending panels where they got to hear the latest EVE news from the devs themselves.

This weekend, there was big news on the free-to-play front for the game. After noting that the game's current f2p offering -- the Alpha clone -- wasn't really a hit with potential players who became frustrated with the limitations and either quit or just upgraded to the subscription mode, the company has decided to offer a more robust Alpha clone.

According to Massively OP, who was on the ground at EVE Vegas, the December Lifeblood expansion will offer Alpha clone players more ship options, giving them the ability to fly battlecruisers and train for ships belonging to all four races. They'll also be allowed to use tech 2 small and medium guns.

Alpha clone players will be able choose from skills worth more than 20 million skill points but it will still take them longer to train and they'll only be able to train up to the 5 million mark for free. After that, they'll have to subscribe or use skill injectors.

Based on these plans, Alpha clone players will hopefully stick around longer. However, the 5 million point cap still has the potential to frustrate players once they hit it. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact these changes have once they hit in December.

In other EVE related news out of the event, Project Nova (the spiritual successor to the now dead Dust 514) is still in the works although secrecy is still very high. CCP confirmed its partnership with Sumo Digital on the FPS title and while we likely have quite some time before we see the title in action, fans of the FPS can take comfort in knowing it is still a high priority for CCP.

Share:
Got a news tip? Contact us directly here!

In this article: EVE Online, CCP Games.

About the Author

QuintLyn Bowers
QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

Discussion (3)

Rawasa 4 years ago
So why don't they open a fresh start server?

rickshaw 4 years ago
The problem with this game is elite players are elite!
Unless you've got 10 years of skill training up your sleeve, your done & dusted.
Starting now isn't going to help you at all, as its way too late you've missed the boat by ten years of your life.
This skill training is the flaw of Eve online, as its unreachable & unachievable without 10 years gone by in your life belt.

nele 4 years ago
nowit is gona be little less target practice for p2p players i hope, first alfa was pure target practice ships for p2pp.


You May Enjoy

Behavior Interactive Showcase Confirms Dead By Daylight/Resident Evil

Behavior Interactive Showcase Confirms Dead By Daylight/Resident Evil

The dating sim has arrived too.

By QuintLyn Bowers - 5 days ago
Score One For Artists As Activision Removes Plagiarized "Loyal Samoyed" Cosmetics From Call Of Duty

Score One For Artists As Activision Removes Plagiarized "Loyal Samoyed" Cosmetics From Call Of Duty

Activision says it "erred in its process" this time...

By Michael Byrne - 3 days ago
Lineage II: Aden Debuts Cruma Tower Instance For "Core Raid Event," Brings New Rewards And Event Buff

Lineage II: Aden Debuts Cruma Tower Instance For "Core Raid Event," Brings New Rewards And Event Buff

The raid is capable of holding up to 200 players.

By Anthony Jones - 1 week ago
WWE World Champ John Cena Is Finally Visible, Comes To Fortnite This Week For The "Epic SummerSlam" Event

WWE World Champ John Cena Is Finally Visible, Comes To Fortnite This Week For The "Epic SummerSlam" Event

Epic says there's no "invisibility feature" for the Cena outfits, and that's a missed opportunity.

By Anthony Jones - 1 week ago
Elvenar Opens a Gateway to The Past With Their New Board Game Styled Event

Elvenar Opens a Gateway to The Past With Their New Board Game Styled Event

The event will end on August 24.

By Aspen Pash - 6 days ago
See More
Live Giveaways