CCP announces a Clone States update is coming to update
in November to add free play
to the science fiction MMORPG. This will replace the game's current 14-day trial
with the ability to play for free as an Alpha Clone. This grants access to all
areas of the game with certain character progress limitations. The alternative
is to be an Omega clone, which works the same as current subscriptions.
the plan and
this blog post
has all the details, explaining they believe this is a way to
bring in new players without upsetting the game's economy. Here's a bit:
feature is built around the complex biotechnology which originally gave rise to
the capsuleers: clones. Technological advancements in New Eden have led to a new
way of manufacturing and augmenting clones, unlocking the possibility for a
variety of distinct Clone States. With this technology, clone manufacturers can
now build and distribute clones which possess a base state, the Alpha state.
They can be enhanced or otherwise altered to achieve other states, but the Alpha
state will always exist underneath. The state of a given clone may affect its
access to trained skills, its ability to train new ones, or the rate at which
new skills are acquired.
When we launch later this year there will be two clone states available:
- 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.
You probably have a lot of questions already, and we will address many of
them here, but let’s start with some discussion about why we are excited to make
this change and why we’re making it now.
As you know, EVE is a very special game. Our single shard server means that
every player truly affects every other, whether through economics, resource
gathering, direct combat or bad posting. This in turn means that our universe is
more interesting, more exciting and more dangerous with each additional