EVE Online is officially free-to-play today with Ascension

“We are happy to announce that EVE Online: Ascension has been successfully deployed!” That’s the word out of Icelandic MMORPG studio CCP Games this morning, which has given the all clear for free-to-play players to swarm the gates of the classic space sandbox.

“The headline feature of EVE Online: Ascension, Clone States, brings free access to EVE Online in the form of Alpha Clones, using a pre-determined skillset, giving access to a whole host of playstyles and in-game content without the need for a subscription. In addition to this, the first phase of a completely re-worked new player experience, Inception, will offer new pilots more assistance and guidance than ever before as they take their first steps into the vast expanse of New Eden. Engineering Complexes, a new set of colossal industrial structures, are set to fundamentally change the economy and industry game play, alongside a full rework of command boosts, mining foreman revamps, new effects generators for Titans, a rebalance of the Rorqual, new visual feedback and brand-new explosion effects, as well as more activity in the asteroid belts of New Eden in the forum of non-capsuleer resource gathering operations.”

We’ve rounded up all of our Ascension coverage starting with the F2P announcement itself. If you’re a new or returning player, we’d like to point out Brendan’s guides in particular as being potentially helpful to you, especially his tips for new F2P players, his F2P cruiser fitting guide, his look at the new tutorial, and his overview of what’s in the patch other than F2P. And don’t forget to weigh in on this morning’s Daily Grind, which asks whether you’ll be among those in New Eden this week. Happy patch day, capsuleers, and fly safe!

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