EVE Online Getting Limited Free-To-Play Mode

QuintLyn Bowers
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CCP's long-running sci-fi MMO EVE Online will soon be opening up to a lot more people. Earlier today, CCP revealed its plans for a free-to-play (of sorts) mode. The new mode -- or as CCP refers to it, "clone states" -- will allow non-paying players to participate in the game with access to a limited set of skills. This is known as the Alpha Clone. Paying players -- whether using cash or PLEX -- will have access to the full set of skills as Omega clones.

According to CCP, Alpha clones will be able to participate in most in-game activities. They will, however, have a limited faction-specific set of skills available to them. This means they will also be limited to a specific set of ships they can pilot -- specifically Frigates, Destroyers, and Cruisers owned by their faction.

While new players won't be terribly affected by this, returning players do need to note that their skills and access to any ships and other things outside of their skillset will effectively be turned off. This means that if you have an older account with the ability to fly ships beyond the ones listed here, those abilities will be gone until you subscribe again.

CCP outlined the full details of this new system which will arrive in November in a blog post on the game's site. There is also a basic FAQ and a list of the skills that will be available to Alpha clones.

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In this article: EVE Online, CCP Games.

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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 gaming sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

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Discussion (18)

Mujinn 7 years ago
Companies make way more money on a free to play model then a subscription based model. It is a proven fact that you can look up. They are laughing at us more now then they ever did before. You will gladly pay up to 20 bucks for a shine new piece of gear with NO stats, but it looks cool to you. Has you been in a subscription base model you would have gotten that piece of gear included. Companies are not switching over because the game is failing but because they see the potential to make MORE money. Long running games like EVE just take longer because they want to do it right and not make it looked rushed.

SethEyes 7 years ago
sometimes I wonder why eve online and planet arkadia/calypso etc have never been free 2 play games from the beginning,It is very strange after all this time they want to put the game for free like that(maybe because the game is dying something like that)...I always wanted to play eve online, I have my concerns on the eve become Free2Play however it had become a chance for me to see how the game actually is...i hope someday planet arkadia become free2play too its hard but not impossible to happen.

TreadHead 7 years ago
Why is the games media calling it f2p when CCP themselves avoid it? Its clearly an endless trial like the one WoW has had for awhile.

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William 7 years ago
CCP >>
If you want to make it limited free2play then you should prepare to new players.
Newbie players will need a more intuitive help guide in game.

Kalitko 7 years ago
I think this game going down !

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dave minster 7 years ago
This brings seal clubbing to a whole new level......

HiMaster 7 years ago
garbage pay to win ugly game. it should be pay to play and by "pay" i mean them paying me to play this vomit

Risea 7 years ago
Stupid and unnecessary

ASD 7 years ago
Why am I not suprised by the words limited free 2 play?

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