CPP Games has announced that the popular MMO Game EVE Online will go free-to-play. The development studio calls the game's free-to-play model Clone States.
The development studio of EVE Online will support both the existing subscription model as well as the new free-to-play model.
CPP Games calls the new combination of subscription accounts and free-to-play accounts Clone States. With the new system the different types of accounts will either have an Omega or Alpha state respectively.
Omega clones will operate just like a subscribed character does today. Alpha clones will be accessible for free, without subscription, and will be capable of training an assigned set of skills themed to a character’s race.
The skill set that Alpha Clones can train is race specific to the character that is training, and includes skills for flying tech one frigates, destroyers and cruisers, and for basic access to trading and industry.
In essence the new EVE Online model seems to be a free trial version of the game. Players that wish to enhance their experience will still be required to pay a subscription fee.
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