EVE Online has just received its latest expansion, allowing gamers to play for free.
The expansion is titled Ascension, and has removed the monthly subscription requirement that has been in place for the last 13 years.
However, free players will have certain restrictions, as defined by the new clone states. Free players begin as Alpha Clones and can upgrade to Omega Clones by purchasing a subscription with either in-game or real currency.
Below is a summary of the two Clone States:
- 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.
To find out more about Alpha Clones and Omega Clones, watch this helpful video from CCP.
While this new approach may cause some stirs among existing EVE Online players, it can only be a good thing for prospective new players, allowing gamers who would otherwise have been too intimidated by the subscription model to try the game.
For those who haven’t yet tried EVE Online, now is the perfect time to jump into the epic space sandbox.