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EVE Online Arms Race Update Gives Free Players More Toys

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 weaponry.

“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 subscription.

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 Project Discovery.

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6. Re: EVE Online Arms Race Update Gives Free Players More Toys Dec 6, 2017, 19:37 PacoTaco
 
MrBone wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 22:23:
Hard to forget t20. Get lost CCP.

T20 is just one of many scams CCP has perpetrated. They flushed so much money down the bowl on projects outside of Eve it is sort of amazing they are still around. Space Aids killed the game along with a total lack of vision to keep up with other products.

If they ever fire Fozzie, Hilimar the CEO, and start making good content it could be fun to play again. This patch is still missing things promised a 2 years ago.
 
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5. Re: EVE Online Arms Race Update Gives Free Players More Toys Dec 6, 2017, 14:59 Slashman
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 10:13:
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.

I was just kidding actually. I've put a year or two into EVE myself. I mostly stopped because I wasn't really interested in large corp conflicts and I'd already been hanging out in 0.0 sec space for a while.

Just felt like there wasn't much more to do really. So I took my leave.
 
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4. Re: EVE Online Arms Race Update Gives Free Players More Toys Dec 6, 2017, 10:13 Tipsy McStagger
 
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.
 
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3. Re: EVE Online Arms Race Update Gives Free Players More Toys Dec 6, 2017, 09:25 Slashman
 
More fodder for the gankers!  
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2. Re: EVE Online Arms Race Update Gives Free Players More Toys Dec 6, 2017, 04:54 ViRGE
 
MrBone wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 22:23:
Hard to forget t20. Get lost CCP.
It's been a decade. It's time to bury the hatchet...
 
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1. Re: EVE Online Arms Race Update Gives Free Players More Toys Dec 5, 2017, 22:23 MrBone
 
Hard to forget t20. Get lost CCP.  
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