EVE Online, the long-running space MMO, has gone through a lot of changes over the years. The stars and planets of New Eden are home to thousands of players, all with complete and total control over their own personal sandbox.
EVE Online is a game with nearly limitless potential Seriously, this is a game you should get into if the concept of a grand space opera MMO even slightly interests you. CCP gives you all the tools to build your own grand sandbox, and here’s the best part, it’s free-to-play!
What Even is EVE?
And at times when you intrude upon the sand and sandcastles of other players or groups, warfare and conflict are inevitable. But the manner in which you fight is entirely up to you. If you want to join up with massive Alliance and Coalition fleets to brawl with your enemies, the option is there for you. If you want to engage in espionage and infiltrate your enemies to rob them blind, you can do that too.
If you’re more of an economic mindset, there’s an equally endless array of possibilities for both individual players and cooperative groups. Players are responsible for the vast majority of all the economic activity in-game. Gathering resources, reprocessing them and then using them to build weapons, ships and even stations is a daily activity in EVE Online. And being that it’s a massive single-shard space MMO, there’s boundless wormholes and dark regions of space to explore, and loot to find.
Of course, you can and should band together with other like-minded players in EVE. As the developers once said, “Trying to solo EVE is like trying to solo Facebook.” You need friends, they need to watch your back or give you advice. You may not ever even learn their real names, but you will come to depend on allies in New Eden.
And make no mistake, because of all this intricacy, the politics of New Eden are incredibly complex. Entire ideologically or nationally driven wars have been fought inside of this one game. Here’s just one example of one battle, the legendary Siege of C-J6MT:
Entire careers have been built upon EVE Online, from media moguls who build a presence covering news developments, to making it your business to manage a player group, or as they say, “herd the cats”, the opportunities are contained within New Eden. Whatever story you want to tell, whoever you want to make into a friend or enemy, and boundless other choices can all be made here. It’s that potential that’s at the core of the gameplay experience. It’s up to you to make your own fun and experiences, and it will be tough, but you will enjoy it, even if just for the journey along the way.
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So What’s Next?
If this sounds like something you could get into, you’re in for a treat. In the years since the launch of EVE Online in 2003, the game has changed a lot, so new and returning players alike are in for an uphill battle in learning one of the best MMOs ever made. But don’t worry, We’re here to help new and old players get back into fighting shape.
If you setup a new account and use our Trial invite system, you can earn hundreds of millions of ISK for use in-game when you upgrade your account.
CCP even allows players to pay their subscription time with an in-game item called PLEX, which can be purchased with ISK. Although it’s strongly advised that new and returning players don’t worry about PLEXing when they’re getting used to the game, as the strain of having to grind enough ISK to buy a PLEX as a new player can kill your enjoyment. Have fun first, then worry about making ISK.
We even have a guide that can help brand new players earn ISK through trading, it can even be done with a free account.
What Groups Are There?
If you’re interested in learning with friends, there are multiple well-established new player groups that will allow you to get used to the game at your own pace.
There’s EVE University, a more structured group which focuses on all regions of space and all types of play. The group also maintains one of the best EVE Online wikis out there. Whether you want to get into industry, warfare or just fly around space, they’ll find a place for you.
Then there’s Pandemic Horde, the newbro-centric offshoot of Pandemic Legion. These crazy folks are based in the lawless and player-controlled NullSec regions, and joining them is very much a trial-by-fire. But make no mistake, they make jumping right into the beating heart of EVE warfare and politics a breeze. These fine people will hand you so many ships and skills you won’t know what to do with them. Luckily they’re also really good at explaining the basics of playing EVE. They even produced a cool video series of EVE basics.
There’s another choice when it comes to major NullSec entities too. Karmafleet is the offshoot of another major bloc, The Imperium. This group offers many of the same perks and help that Pandemic Horde does, they just live on the other side of New Eden. They also belong to one of the major power blocs in-game, making a trip alongside them an extremely stable and secure experience, as long as you’re friendly.
So whatever choices you make, have fun and fly safe.