EVE Online modifies its trial program

    
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Earlier this year, CCP expanded EVE Online’s free trial program from 14 to 30 days. Now it looks as though EVE is in for some shrinkage, as the studio is reining back in the length of the default trial.

The new plan offers three different trial options. The website trial offers the old standard of 14 days of game time, while those who sign up through a recruitment email or link get an extra week on top of that. CCP is also offering 20 additional days to anyone who purchases one of the $5 content packs. This means with some finagling (and an Abe Lincoln), a new EVE player could enjoy 41 days of trial time before encountering the need for a subscription.

Source: EVE Online
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thegayblade
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thegayblade

Just go F2P and do something like Archeage. Free accounts train skills slower than paid accounts. 

It will revitalize this game and it should be relatively easy to implement.

Hell, I would even log in every now and again even though I quit the game long ago.

LordSolarMacharius
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LordSolarMacharius

squidgod2000 When I quit the last time, griefers and suicide gankers were targeting newbies in the “safe” newbie zones. I reported them to CCP and none of them were banned, despite this being a bannable offense in the TOS. Why would a newbie want to stick around when they are exposed to this kind of sociopathic behavior while they’re still trying to do the damn tutorial?

Xevious
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Xevious

squidgod2000 Well, in that case cutting off the trial period doesn’t look a bad idea, after all. Lol.

Tongle
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Tongle

ApathyCurve I have to agree. Just restrict what F2P accounts can play and then be done with it.

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

Just go F2P and have done with it before you have to shut your doors.

Styopa
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Styopa

SallyBowls1 Styopa I didn’t say that trial accounts don’t have a purpose.  I was just curious if there are any significant number of NEW players, or is it mostly just rehashing previous players who miss their old game?

squidgod2000
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squidgod2000

14 days was enough time for someone to get interested in the game and sub.
30 days was enough time for them to get disillusioned with the game and quit.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Styopa  WoW has 100M ex-players and even CCP has to have several million.  Trial accounts are a way for people to see what was changed without spending $15 or waiting for those every six months return for seven days mail.

teppic
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teppic

I’d say that if you have to pay $5 to get the 20 days, they’ve simply added a partial sub to the package. It’s good that you can combine it with the trial, but it’s certainly not free.

Styopa
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Styopa

I’d be curious to see how many new players are trying Eve at all?  (Or WoW, for that matter.)

These games are good for their genre, but I have to assume by now, anyone who vaguely was interested in playing either one would have done so already.  Sure, there’s a fresh crop of kids growing into the hobby, but that’s probably balanced by the people growing out of it.