Eve Online Introducing Unlimited Trials


Eve Online is going free to play!

Well, not really. While other websites are heralding today’s news as the coming of free to play for the 13 year old MMO, the term doesn’t entirely fit the package. What Eve Online is receiving is more akin to the unlimited trials that we saw in subscription games like World of Warcraft and Warhammer, allowing players to play endlessly but only obtain a certain level that restricts them from progressing past a certain point.

For Eve Online, this means being restricted to tech one ships, only allowed to use skills native to your faction, and having your skills locked out if you drop your subscription.

The most important thing to know about Alpha clones is that they may only use a specific set of skills and skill levels. To begin with, we are planning that the Alpha skill set will be focused on using tech one Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers. Alpha clones will only be able to use ship and weapon skills native to their faction. If you have skills trained on a character in Alpha State, which are not part of the Alpha skill set, those skills will be locked and unusable until Omega state is reactivated. Characters will start the game with the same 400,000 skill points as they do now and will be able to train freely within the Alpha list. A fully trained Alpha will have roughly 5 million skill points. You can find the full Alpha list in the Q&A below the blog.

You can read all of the details on the official website.

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