Reykjavik, Iceland - May 26, 2010 -
CCP, one of the worlds
leading independent game developers, today launched EVE Online: Tyrannis, the
13th free expansion for PC Gamers 2010 MMO of the year,
Online. Tyrannis will usher in new levels of player control as the pilots of
EVE have turned their attention to the celestial bodies around them, casting
surface inhabitants into the shadows of their powerful ships and exploiting the
planets for the materials and profits they need to fuel countless ambitions. EVE
Gate, the new web frontend and social networking platform for EVE Online, is a
leap forward in extending the universe outside of the client, allowing access to
in-game mail and features and bringing the community closer than ever before.
EVEs Senior Producer, Torfi Frans lafsson, explains the benefits of Tyrannis for the EVE Community: Having watched EVE grow for seven years, weve found it make the game an order of magnitude more interesting when we give more power to the players. You dont have to be Sarah Connor to prefer empowering humans over well programmed machines. In Tyrannis we deepen the experience by handing over control of commodity production on planet surfaces and providing tools for collaboration in EVE Gate.
Through Planetary Interaction, players will be able to scan the surfaces of the planets and place structures on them to develop, reap and profit from each planets natural materials. With over 65,000 planets awaiting discovery, this will be a great source of income for players and will scale well with their level of involvementa low barrier to entry but a high reward for the most skilled industrialists. On release players can scout out their planet and begin training skills for the June 8th seeding of planetary command centers, which will allow them to gather, process and export natural resources and refined goods.
EVE Gate is the new portal into the EVE universe which allows players to interact with EVE through any web browser. The Tyrannis release is the first iteration of the project--an important feature that encourages and empowers greater player interaction and community building by allowing people to contribute to the EVE universe from outside the game client. Initially, it will have access to EVE mail and a calendar and allow you to post updates to your contacts, your corporation and alliances. These are the important communication tools to allow the playerbase to self organizea critical part of a game where the players are the most powerful contributor to content.
In addition, well be providing more options for accessing our API so players can continue to develop their own EVE-related programs. Were also adding a massive amount of new in-game landmarks, which will soon inhabit a lot more of EVEs solar systems, giving an even greater sense of history and space to New Eden. Live events have also returned, as shown in the recent Sansha Invasion. Though the forces of Sanshas Nation have largely been repelled by brave capsuleers, the Nations invasion of New Eden is merely passing through the eye of a storm. When and where they will strike next is anyones guess.
In Tyrannis, all of these worlds are yours. For more information, video interviews and cinematic trailers using in-game assets, head to the Tyrannis features page at http://www.eveonline.com/tyrannis. EVE Gate can be found here.
As always, EVE Online expansions are free for subscribers. Get your free trial at http://play.eveonline.com.
About EVE Online
Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE Online is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger and glory. With over three-hundred thousand subscribers worldwide inhabiting the same virtual universe, EVE features a vast player-run economy where your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific needs, skills and ambitions. EVE offers professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander or any combination of these and much more. From brokering business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE. Learn more at http://www.eveonline.com.
Definition of Subscribers
EVE Online subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active electronic time code (ETC) to play EVE Online, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions and expired ETCs.
CCP is widely recognized as an industry-leading pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture as the developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). Utilizing a cross-discipline approach combining cutting-edge technology and artistic excellence, CCP is dedicated to providing vibrant, compelling products that transcend the boundaries of conventional MMOGs and facilitate social networking through virtual worlds. Privately held and founded in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1997, CCPs international reach now spans the globe with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai as well as a base of operations in London. More information about CCP is available at the companys website, http://www.ccpgames.com.