More than ten years after its launch, massively multiplayer online role-playing game EVE Online from Iceland is going free. Developer CCP Games announced the huge change today, which will see the game add a new free option as part of its next big update in November. With the introduction of Clone States, everybody can play EVE Online at no charge.
“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,” game’s hardworking developers wrote on their blog. “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. EVE is ready for this.”
Set more than 21,000 years in the future, the background story of EVE Online explains that humanity, having used up most of Earth’s resources through centuries of explosive population growth, began colonizing the rest of the Milky Way. In turn, this expansion also led to competition and fighting over available resources as it did on Earth, but everything changed with the discovery of a natural wormhole leading to an unexplored galaxy named “New Eden”. Want to know more? Try the game right here!
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