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Here's what's coming in EVE Online's Phoebe expansion, and beyond

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Here's what's coming in EVE Online's Phoebe expansion, and beyond

CCP have just dumped a megaton of information about the new features in the upcoming EVE Online "Phoebe" expansion, as well as what’s to come as we head into 2015. Phoebe will introduce the long awaited “unlimited skill queue", allowing players to queue up year’s worth of skill training at a time. There’s also new exploration content aimed at rewarding skilled probers, and new tech II weapons - dubbed “glass cannon weapons" - that offer considerable firepower, but at a cost.

Meanwhile, CCP have big plans for December’s “Rhea" patch. A lot of it is top secret stuff, but CCP teased two new ships - the “TUG" freighter-sized ship hauler and Tech III Tactical Destroyers - with a slew of major model reworks.

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Watch CCP's EVE Vegas event unfold on Twitch right now; find out what's in store for EVE Online

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Watch CCP's EVE Vegas event unfold on Twitch right now; find out what's in store for EVE Online

If you didn’t manage to snag a ticket to CCP’s EVE Vegas event, don’t worry: you can watch the event live on Twitch right now. You can expect CCP devs regaling the latest events to unfold inside New Eden, as well as what’s to come for EVE Online in the future in the CCP keynote.

It’s live now, so check out the stream below.

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EVE Online is altering the laws of physics to allow capital ships to fit through stargates

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EVE Online is altering the laws of physics to allow capital ships to fit through stargates

Big changes are coming to EVE Online in terms of long-distance travel. Moving between two distant points, particularly with jump drives and jump gates will take significantly longer. Why? Well CCP think the practical dimensions of New Eden have “shrunk considerably", all to the “detriment of the game".

Pilots will now accumulate “jump fatigue" every time they make a jump of any kind. This value persists over time and between play sessions. This will limit your ability to make rapid successive jumps in a short amount of time, especially over long distances. Also with this update, capital ships will gain the ability to use stargates, but they’ll still be unable to visit high-sec.

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Green Man Gaming to give away Eve trials with pre-orders of Far Cry 4 and more

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Green Man Gaming to give away Eve trials with pre-orders of Far Cry 4 and more

The other day, PCGamesN friends and digital distributors Green Man Gaming launched their Welcome Pack initiative. New sign-ups would yield free copies of Gun Monkeys and Sanctum, 30 days of Eve, and a decent discount to help fund further Steam key purchases.

Those of us with long-established accounts were in no position to benefit. But GMG have rectified that oversight by offering the same pack as an incentive to pre-purchase one of six PC games - Civ: Beyond Earth, Shadow of Mordor, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4 or Alien: Isolation.

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Green Man Gaming give away Gun Monkeys, Sanctum and an Eve trial with sign-ups

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Green Man Gaming give away Gun Monkeys, Sanctum and an Eve trial with sign-ups

Gun Monkeys is an underappreciated side-scrolling simian disassembly simulator for two players. Sanctum is first-person tower defence from the people who latterly discovered the joys latent in goat physics. And our world, the so-called ‘real world’, exists only so that Eve Online can host its conventions without bloodshed.

Green Man Gaming is a digital distributor of PC games willing to acquaint you with all three - if only you’ll register an account under their Welcome Pack initiative.

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Clarion Call 4 is an impressive player-made EVE Online propaganda film

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Clarion Call 4 is an impressive player-made EVE Online propaganda film

EVE Online's players never fail to impress. CCP are caretakers - it's the players that drive everything, and that's never been more clear than when watching Rooks and Kings: Clarion Call 4. 

It's a sprawling account of Rooks and Kings' development of a new - at the time - battle tactic: pipe bombing. Part historical documentary, part propaganda piece, it employs in-game battle footage from different perspectives, player comms and a slew of fan art and cinematics to tell the story. 

Watch it, and then - if you haven’t already - reinstall the game. 

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CCP rework wormholes in Eve Online's third mini-expansion: Hyperion

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CCP rework wormholes in Eve Online's third mini-expansion: Hyperion

The appeal of a wormhole is its mystery: what will you find when you come out of the other end, if you come out at all? But Eve players have had wormholes for yonks, and nowadays publish guides about the best wormholes to live in.

Yesterday’s Hyperion update is CCP’s attempt to inject a little of the unknown back into wormholes and their space game at large.

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CCP producer wants to empower EVE Online players and bring in new ones

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CCP producer wants to empower EVE Online players and bring in new ones

EVE Online has, since its inception, been a game where players are in control. While most MMOs are heavily scripted and players can only affect the world in fleeting, temporary ways, New Eden is filled with player driven stories and events. 

But EVE’s new executive producer, Andie Nordgren - previously a technical producer - wants to empower players even more. In an interview with Polygon, she explained that she wants to give players even more of the universe, giving them more control and hopefully expanding the community. 

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Eve Online Crius expansion brings enough industrial change to yield "good-old fashioned space conflict"

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Eve Online Crius expansion brings enough industrial change to yield "good-old fashioned space conflict"

Pew! Someone must have shot Eve Online’s next expansion with an Asteroids laser, because it’s split into ten smaller expando-rocks set to spin out across the next year. The first, Kronos, hurtled into one of the best PC space games last month. CCP’s radars indicate its follow-up is on a similar collision course. Named Crius, it’s due to make shockwaves in Eve’s industrial sector come July 22.

“As the fuel that powers the ‘infernal machine’ of harvesting, creation and destruction, the industry changes will catalyze player-driven action, create new opportunities for veterans and new players alike," write CCP. “And most likely start some good old-fashioned space conflict."

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We're giving away copies of EVE: True Stories, so you can own a bit of New Eden history

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We're giving away copies of EVE: True Stories, so you can own a bit of New Eden history

EVE Online has no dearth of fascinating stories, told and retold on forums, in interviews and in EVE itself. The best of these tales of dismantled empires, betrayals and galactic wars were submitted and voted for by the community, with the possibility that some of them would become the inspiration for comics, books and TV shows set in the EVE Universe. 

The EVE True Stories hardcover graphic novel spins one such tale, where one man dismantled what had been one of EVE’s most powerful alliances at the heart of the Second Great War. In a day, a director of the Band of Brothers alliance defected to Goonswarm and wiped out his alliance, ending the war. 

And we’ve got two copies sitting on Tim’s coffee table just waiting to be won by you lovely folk.

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CCP hit with more layoffs; another 49 employees lose their jobs

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CCP hit with more layoffs; another 49 employees lose their jobs

It is not a great time to be an employee at CCP. The EVE Online developer confirmed that it has laid off another 49 employees, this time in the Reykjavik office, who were part of the publishing side of the company. 

"Development teams and plans for EVE Online, EVE: Valkyrie, DUST 514, and 'Project Legion' are not impacted by the restructuring," the studio explained in a statement earlier today. 

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CCP are "playing with the big boys" to bring Eve Online to TV

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CCP are "playing with the big boys" to bring Eve Online to TV

For every Eve player, there’s are nine observers cheering on their slow-burn sneakery and occasional outright villainy from relative safety on the outside.

Beyond the few who become subscribers, it’s been tough for CCP to profit directly from that interest - but they’re finding ways. Their Eve: True Stories comic with Dark Horse was the first step, and the next is a TV series. Directed by Icelandic 2 Guns director Baltasar Kormakur, it will see the developers work with “the big boys" of the small screen to retell the greatest crimes in Eve’s history.

Dare we speculatively invoke the letters H, B and O?

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History in the making: Andrew Groen's Eve Online chronicle funded seven times over

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History in the making: Andrew Groen's Eve Online chronicle funded seven times over

Freelance games writer Andrew Groen asked for $12,500 to fund A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online. Between its three low tiers and absent stretch goals, it was a modest campaign by current Kickstarter standards - and he hoped that it might end up overfunded by $200 or so.

But as the campaign drew to a close over the weekend, Eve pilots had answered his good intentions with $95,729 - a total large enough to fund a “deluxe" hardcover edition.

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Nonfiction future history - How Andrew Groen is Kickstarting EVE's first great history

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Nonfiction future history - How Andrew Groen is Kickstarting EVE's first great history

In the months and weeks leading up to his Kickstarter for A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online, freelance writer Andrew Groen was terrified that it was all about to go wrong. That he was about to watch everything crumble and vanish, the way it has for so many of the MMO power-players he is writing about.

“I had this feeling that someone else was just going to swoop in and take it from me," he says. “The analogy that I used to describe how I was feeling to my wife was, ‘I feel like I just sat down at a dinner party to this giant feast. And everybody else is ignoring it. And I'm the only one who knows it's there. And I'm starting to eat it, and take little bites of it... and I'm just praying nobody else just comes and starts eating it and taking all the food away."

With $75,000 in Kickstarter funding for his book, Groen may have his banquet to himself. Now he just has to prepare one of his own for hundreds of expectant backers and a community of some of the most demanding and exacting MMO players in the world.

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EVE Online: PLEX Activation Codes kill off EVE Time Codes and usurp their position

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EVE Online: PLEX Activation Codes kill off EVE Time Codes and usurp their position

EVE Time Codes are a thing of the past, CCP announced today. ETCs have been sold by various outlets for a good long time, but they’ve declined in use thanks to PLEX. Since ETCs and PLEX basically served the same core purpose, giving more game time, CCP are doing away with ETC to make things less confusing. EVE? Less confusing? Madness. 

From the start of this month, CCP began distributing PLEX Activation Codes to partners instead of ETCs. PACs enable pilots to purchase PLEX, between 1 and 28 on the account management screen. And the cost will be the same as the price of PLEX sold by CCP itself. 

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