CCP announces the launch of a new Arms Race update for EVE Online, kicking off a
week long event in the MMORPG, and giving the game's free-to-play audience more
ships to fly and additional skills.
This post has
screenshots and details,
this video shows off the expanded free fleet, and there's more on all this
in the announcement:
Today, CCP announced the launch of the Arms Race
update for EVE Online, their in-depth and uniquely player-driven spaceship MMO
game, which introduces even greater accessibility and wider gameplay variety to
players with free-to-play accounts, known as Alpha Clones. Introduced in last
year’s Ascension expansion, Alpha accounts enable players to permanently join
hundreds of thousands of established users in EVE Online’s massive space sandbox
for free. Now, CCP Games has opened up the ability for Alpha pilots to train
many more skills, fly more impressive spaceships and equip more advanced
“There has never been a better time to join the universe of EVE and begin your
own unique space adventure, or re-join and continue your journey,” said Hilmar
Veigar Pétursson, CCP’s CEO. “The increased flexibility and depth of the free
Alpha Clone experience means that EVE is more accessible than ever. EVE players
can return and fly their favorite ships for free, re-uniting with old corpmates
or continue forging their own destiny to make their mark on the universe.”
To mark this release, CCP has issued a new video highlighting the vessels now
accessible for free.
The Arms Race update immensely increases Alpha Clones’ options for skill
training, allowing them to pilot the mighty Battleship and Battlecruiser classes
of vessel, as well as many ships from across all of EVE Online’s stalwart
Empires and infamous pirate factions, which represent some of the most popular
ships in the game. To supplement this change, free access has also been granted
to skills that allow for the use of upgraded weapons systems.
Alpha pilots will now be able to enjoy an even greater feeling of immersion and
participation in the universe of New Eden. This update also provides a great
incentive for any veteran pilots interested in returning to EVE Online, enabling
them to fly powerful ships in their old player groups once again without a
The Arms Race update also brings a new training option for Alpha Clones, with
the ability to accrue skillpoints on a daily, rather than monthly basis using
Daily Alpha Injectors. While these injectors can only be used once per day, per
Alpha character, they can be activated immediately to add 50,000 skillpoints
into a pilot’s unallocated skillpoint pool.
With the release of this update, EVE Online’s players can enjoy an event catered
toward the newfound power of Alpha Clones. Running from December 5 – 12, the
Arms Race event celebrates free access to Battlecruisers and Battleships, and
provides rewards themed around them.
In addition, the Arms Race update includes many other enhancements and
refinements for EVE Online. The Resource Wars feature will see the introduction
of a new role that allows players to fly as a support pilot, earning rewards by
providing remote logistics to fellow players, plus vessels from the Empire that
they support. Players will now take on an elevated threat, with Pirate Forward
Operating Bases becoming easier to find and engage with. Furthermore, as part of
CCP’s ongoing commitment to keeping New Eden as visually stunning as possible,
players will be also able to enjoy improved textures on structures found in
missions and deadspace areas.
The Arms Race update also sees the appearance of a new in-game monument to
commemorate the efforts of all all the EVE Online players who contributed to
real science through the development of the Human Protein Atlas as part of
Re: EVE Online Arms Race Update Gives Free Players More Toys
Slashman wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 09:25: More fodder for the gankers!
I got into eve almost 10 years ago and started from day one helping tackle people. You can be extremely useful from day 1 and have a lot of fun doing so.
As well, I've actually never been ganked in High Security space because I don't fly stupid.. as in put tons of valuables into an easily destroyed ship, which is what high security suicide gankers are looking for.