After 13 years of being a subscription based game, EVE Online is becoming free-to-play.
The developers of EVE released a statement on their website outlining exactly what this means for both new players, and for current players.
Players will see the ability to be one of two “clone states.” Essentially, one is for FTP players and the other is for subscribed players, with the latter having more abilities.
As outlined in the post:
- The Alpha Clone State is the new base state for all clones and it will be available to any character in New Eden at any time. Clones in the Alpha state will be able to train and use a specific set of skills including tech one Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers for your faction along with essential weapons and modules. Alphas will also train skills at a reduced rate compared to Omegas.
- The Omega Clone State is obtained by augmenting basic clones using neural expanders and cerebral acceleration technology, granting unlimited skill access. Omega clone state will behave exactly as your subscribed characters do now.
Your clone state will be determined by your account status. Characters on subscribed or PLEXed accounts will be granted Omega state, while Alpha state will be given to characters on any unsubscribed account.
So the game itself isn’t opening up too much, but definitely more than before.