CCP draws back the curtain today on EVE Online: Apocrypha, the 10th free expansion for their popular space MMORPG, delivering whole new regions of the universe to explore.
Using the tried and true giant wormhole mechanic, Apocrypha will open up unexplored areas of the universe to adventurers brave enough to explore them. With new regions of space comes new technology, enabling the crafting of what they are calling the most dynamic ships ever - "Tech 3 modular ships with an astounding amount of customizability that can fill any role from skirmish muscle to industrial support".
They are also redoing the new player experience completely in order to give newcomers a better idea of how to survive and prosper in the vast, oftentimes confusing universe, which makes me think that maybe I should start over again for the fresh experience. Hmm.
Eve Online: Apocrypha will be available for free in March, coinciding with the Atari-aided retail release.
EVE Online: Apocrypha Uncovers a New Version of the Universe Itself
Reykjavik, Iceland January 8, 2008- CCP, one of the world’s leading independent game developers, today announced the launch of the tenth free expansion for EVE Online, its popular science-fiction massively multi-player online game (MMOG). EVE Online: Apocrypha is the most ambitious EVE expansion in the game's over five year history and it coincides with the March 10th, 2009 release of EVE Online as a boxed product through a partnership with Atari.
The fabric of space itself will be transformed as vast, unpredictable wormholes open to connect previously unexplored regions of the universe to the stars of New Eden. The seeds of advanced new technology await inside of these cosmic anomalies for those brave enough to explore them. This infusion of technology will enable production of the most dynamic vessels ever – Tech 3 modular ships with an astounding amount of customizability that can fill any role from skirmish muscle to industrial support.
Furthermore, NPC agents in EVE Online: Apocrypha will be authorized to assign Epic Mission Arcs to the pilots of New Eden. These branching, far-reaching mission strings are full of meaningful stories and more intelligent and deadly adversaries.
In addition, we are offering an entirely reworked New Player Experience for those joining (or rejoining) the game – giving them better insight into how to thrive in a truly limitless universe. We’ve already launched EVElopedia—a great repository for information on all things EVE where our players are also building their own living history of the previous five years of Alliance warfare, political intrigue and nostalgic recollection
“Just this past week we broke our concurrent user record with 45,186 people flying unbound in the same game world at the same time—a huge percentage of our quarter of a million current subscribers and a true testament to EVE in our sixth year of operation,” said EVE Online Senior Producer Torfi Frans Olafsson. “Today is an unprecedented time to start playing, as you can get ahead of the curve before Apocrypha releases in stores and our hard work hits the server cluster. It’ll be easier than ever to get ‘lost in the wormhole’ that is EVE with what we have planned for the future of our expanding universe.”
Leading up to the release of EVE Online: Apocrypha and the boxed version of EVE Online in stores, we’ll be revealing more features on www.eveonline.com.
EVE Online: Apocrypha will be available at retail stores across the galaxy in March this year and as a free download at www.eveonline.com/download/ for existing subscribers. A new Premium graphics client for Mac will also be included in the retail box.
Visit the EVE website now to sign up for a free 14-day trial account or to reactivate your account to get ahead of the curve.