CCP Games today announced that it’s making a major change to EVE Online, its 13-year old PC MMO game. For the first time in the history of this game, players will be able to play EVE Online for free. The game has been tied to a subscription system ever since it was launched back in 2003 so it’s a big departure from the norm for CCP Games but it’s not like the company has made this decision without any rhyme or reason.
Starting this November, players will be separated into Alpha and Omega clone states. Omega players will continue playing the game by paying the monthly subscription fee which will give them access to all of the skills and ships found in Eve Online.
Alpha clone designation is meant for players who will be playing Eve Online for free. They will be able to train and use a specific set of skills but they will face restrictions. They will also be able to use tech one Frigates, Destroyers, and Cruisers for their faction as well as essential weapons and modules. They skills will train at a reduced rate compared to Omega players.
CCP also says that it has been making some changes on its end to ensure that a larger number of free players can take part in Eve Online, this is being done in the spirit of keeping its single shared experience alive.
Alpha players can become Omega players easily by paying for a monthly subscription. Omega players who do not renew their subscriptions will be able to continue playing Eve Online with an Alpha designation.