EVE Online

PC, MAC / RPG / Release: May 6, 2003 / ESRB: T

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Dust 514 accepting closed beta sign-ups from EVE players

Dust 514 accepting closed beta sign-ups from EVE players

If you're an active subscriber to EVE Online, good news: you get the first crack at signing up for the closed beta of Dust 514. Developer CCP announced today that it is taking closed beta sign-ups, first from the EVE faithful. All others will have to wait a bit longer.

Read more: Plus, senior producer steps down »

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EVE Online introduces 60-day friend trials

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EVE Online introduces 60-day friend trials

A few days' trial period is usually plenty of time to get a fair feel for most MMOs, but not for the space oddity of EVE Online. As developer CCP continues to get back on its feet after long months of troubles, it's experimenting with a 60-day friend trial that will let people really get stuck into the complexities and intrigue of Internet spaceships.

"The 14 days we settled on is looking a little long in the tooth in the modern world, and honestly, EVE is just really big and players deserve more time to really get into the game."

Read more: Part of CCP's play to win players back »

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EVE Online: Crucible launches November 29

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EVE Online: Crucible launches November 29

EVE Online's next expansion, Crucible, will be available on November 29th, developer CCP has announced. The free update will "turn up the heat" on space combat by adding over three dozen updated and improved features based on player feedback. Most importantly, the Crucible pack promises to improve graphics, tweak the interface, and offer greater balance and diversity to space battles.

Read more: Interior decorators and time dilation »

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World of Darkness team 'significantly reduced,' CCP to focus on EVE

World of Darkness team 'significantly reduced,' CCP to focus on EVE

It seems as though EVE Online developer CCP bit off a little more than it could chew when it decided to embark on simultaneous development of EVE expansions, the console-crossover EVE tie-in shooter Dust 514, and the new MMO World of Darkness. The company has stated that it has chosen to lay-off twenty-percent of its workforce, due to thinly-stretched resources and a desire to refocus more development attention on EVE.

"We have come to the conclusion that we are attempting too many things for a company our size," the developer admitted.

Read more: World of Darkness 'lives on' »

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CCP CEO apologises for EVE Online fan 'estrangement'

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CCP CEO apologises for EVE Online fan 'estrangement'

The CEO of EVE Online developer CCP has apologized for the "estrangement" felt by many fans due to its focus on the newly-added human avatars. The Icelanders have now refocused on the MMO's core element of pew pew Internet spaceships, and revealed a little of plans for a large update this winter.

Read more: "I began taking success for granted" »

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Dust 514 will have 'cover charge' for microtransaction credits

Dust 514 will have 'cover charge' for microtransaction credits

As EVE Online's microtransaction controversy fades away, developer CCP has revealed a little more of its plans on that front for console tie-in Dust 514. The shooter will essentially have a "cover charge" reimbursed with in-game currency, CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson has told GamesIndustry.biz.

"In the beginning you have to pre-buy credits, so you pay something like $10-$20 to enter the game and you get the equivalent number of credits in the game once you do that. We call this the 'cover charge,'" Pétursson said. Read more »

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EVE Online microtransactions no threat, community reps conclude

EVE Online microtransactions no threat, community reps conclude

EVE Online players have nothing to fear from microtransactions, the MMO's player-elected liason body, the Council of Stellar Management, has decided following an emergency meeting with developer CCP Games. The world of Internet spaceships became an unhappy place last month after leaked internal documents fanned upset over microtransaction items, suggesting that CCP planned to sell items giving distinct in-game advantages for EVE and future games.

"We are convinced that CCP has no plans to introduce any game-affecting virtual goods, only pure vanity items such as clothing and ship skins," CSM chair 'The Mittani' has written in a joint statement with CCP. The developer shared its plans with the CSM under non-disclosure agreements, and apparently all's well in Iceland. Read more »

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EVE Online clothing causes microtransaction debate

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EVE Online clothing causes microtransaction debate

The first part of EVE Online's long-awaited "walking in stations" update, Incarna, finally launched last week. However, it's been greeted by a lot more teeth-gnashing than developer CCP had anticipated. The microtransactions for Incarna's paid cosmetic "vanity" items proved to be not quite so micro, putting into question CCP's approach to paid content in the space MMO.

A pair of digital boots might cost only $5, according EVE News 24's conversions from virtual currency to real-world money. But a shirt can go for $17, and a virtual monocle is a staggering $61. Read more »

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LulzSec targets EVE Online, Minecraft, Escapist, League of Legends [Update]

LulzSec targets EVE Online, Minecraft, Escapist, League of Legends [Update]

[Update] The group has now targeted League of Legends, bringing down the login servers and (apparently inadvertently) the Web site. The group says this "concludes" today's DDOS attacks, but we'll keep an eye out for any more shenanigans.

[Original Story] Hot off the heels of yesterday's Bethesda attacks, hacker group LulzSec has targeted more online games and even a gaming site. The group has claimed responsibility for attacks today against EVE Online, Minecraft, and gaming site The Escapist. Read more »

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E3 2011: Dust 514

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E3 2011: Dust 514

QUICKTAKE: Dust 514 is a an incredibly ambitious massively-multiplayer shooter, tied directly to EVE Online, the internationally acclaimed space-faring sandbox MMO. Whereas EVE Online allows players to choose one role from a variety of specific professions and strategically participate in a persistent universe that accommodates up to 360,000 simultaneous players (and is PC-only), Dust 514 is a PlayStation 3-exclusive title (not coming to PC) that will allow console players to form factions and take part in battles orchestrated by EVE Online players, with events in each game being instantly reflected in the other.

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EVE Online introducing paid 'vanity' items

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EVE Online introducing paid 'vanity' items

EVE Online players will soon be able to step out of their spaceships, at last, and onto stations with the 'Incarna' update. In the wake of that, developer CCP Games has announced plans to sell cosmetic "vanity" items for real money in the pew-pew spaceships MMO.

Pretty items such as "clothes and accessories for your character, custom paint jobs or logo placement on your ships or a fishtank/stripper pole for your Captain's Quarters," or the fancy techno-monocle above, will be purchasable for real cash money. Read more »

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A teasing peek at the future of EVE Online

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A teasing peek at the future of EVE Online

EVE Online developer CCP Games revealed its vision for the EVE universe's future during the annual Fanfest event with a stylish cinematic trailer.

The concept video hints at complex interaction between EVE and the upcoming console FPS DUST 514, with EVE players bombarding soldiers on the surface of a planet. It's been known all along that DUST would connect with EVE but initial examples given were simple interactions, such as EVE players contracting DUST players to secure resources for them to use in the MMORPG. Read more »

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EVE Online Player Avatars, Captain's Quarters Entering Open Beta Soon

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EVE Online players will be able to take their very first steps outside their spacecraft within the next five weeks, developer CCP has revealed, when the first stage of its avatar-focused update 'Incarna' finally rolls out to the public beta server. Currently, characters are only seen in profile portraits and spacecraft are all players can control.

The first Incarna element will be Captain's Quarters, where players can get away from their crews on space stations. They'll be a small living quarters, filled with useful gadgets and connected to a viewing balcony, to gaze lovingly at your docked vessel. Read more »

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Daily Filter: January 25, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious, Bulletstorm, Lord of Arcana, Rift, EVE Online, TERA, Test Drive Unlimited 2, Killzone 3, Magicka, and Champions Online. Read more »

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Daily Filter: December 3, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

The last Filter of the week features a video promoting the upcoming 2011 EVE Online Fanfest as well as media for Homefront, Football Manager 2011, Nail'd, Marvel Pinball, Vindictus, FIFA Soccer 11, Dynasty Warriors 7, Gary Grigsby's War in the East: The German-Soviet War 1941-1945, and Super Scribblenauts. Read more »

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