[4 December 2012] Reykjavik, Iceland –– CCP Games, one of the world’s leading independent game studios and creator of the award-winning massively-multiplayer online game EVE Online, has deployed its 18th game expansion, free-of-charge, to hundreds of thousands of players worldwide.
EVE Online: Retribution brings visceral consequences to the massive sci-fi universe, empowering pilots to exact revenge on a much larger scale than ever before. A unique bounty hunting system allows players to exert pressure on adversaries at the Alliance, Corporation and individual levels and a new ability to openly sell kill rights means a lot more eye-for-an-eye justice will be had. A reworked “Crimewatch” system makes clear the outcomes of acts both legal and illegal while still leaving limitless choice up to the player who decides to commit them.
In a massive rebalancing effort, every frigate, destroyer and cruiser in EVE will be re-engineered to provide more gameplay options for new players and veterans alike, revitalizing some of the less frequently used hulls.
Each of EVE’s main factions will add a deadly new destroyer to the market with this latest expansion, alongside other new additions: a mining frigate, salvage drones and a micro-jump drive. Further, a situational music system will accompany dozens of revamped sounds in the game. There are also several major changes to the user interface, making EVE Online: Retribution more intuitive without sacrificing any of its intricacy and potential.
“The EVE Universe has always been alive, filled with the choices of the hundreds of thousands of pilots who’ve lived in it,” said Jon Lander, Executive Producer of EVE Online. “With Retribution we’ve made many far reaching changes and I believe that EVE will feel revitalized as we head into our second decade.”
From NPC artificial intelligence changes to corporation recruitment improvements, Retribution is one of the most wide-ranging expansions in EVE’s history, prepping it well for a tenth year of continuous growth.
A complete list of features can be found on the EVE Online: Retribution feature page: http://www.eveonline.com/retribution
The Retribution video trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX0p0irEOls
Specific changes coming in Retribution can be found in the patch notes: http://community.eveonline.com/updates/patchnotes.asp
Developer blogs of the entire Retribution development process can be found at http://community.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=archive
EVE Online was recently announced to be added to The Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection: http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2012/11/29/video-games-14-in-the-collection-for-starters/
The MoMA installation will feature a collaborative piece created in cooperation with EVE players and highlighting a single day in the history of EVE: 9 December 2012: http://community.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&nbid=74037
About EVE Online
EVE Online is a spectacular, captivating gaming experience where hundreds of thousands of players compete within the same virtual cosmic universe for riches, power, glory and adventure. In EVE, players can create and live out their most virtuous or sinister dreams, piloting starships through a futuristic galaxy featuring a sophisticated, player-run economy and solar systems rife with treasures to be discovered. With professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to fleet commander and more, EVE players have access to a diverse array of tools and interfaces to forge their own exhilarating path. EVE players can also interact within EVE Gate, a Web-based portal for the EVE community to connect, organize and communicate outside the game itself. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com
CCP is recognized for the creation of revolutionary gaming experiences designed with a unique combination of stunning artistry and advanced technology. Best known as the independent developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, space-based massively multiplayer online game (MMO, it has two additional titles are now in production: World of Darkness, a dark, immersive MMO based on the legendary roleplaying franchise of the same name; and DUST 514, the groundbreaking massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) set in and linked to the EVE Online universe. Founded in Iceland in 1997, CCP is privately held and has offices in Atlanta, Newcastle, Reykjavik and Shanghai with a datacenter in London. More information can be found at www.ccpgames.com