Reynir Hardarson, art director and co-founder of CCP Games commented on this announcement. "Our flagship is built and we're fine tuning the engine as we're about to set sail. Many fan and news sites have been compiling extensive databases of information on EVE such as maps, strategy guides, and so many other things. It's really amazed us how the fans have driven the EVE universe, even though the game has not yet shipped. Dropping the NDA this will give them the opportunity to share these things with everyone."
Simon & Schuster Interactive's Mike "Campion" Wallis, producer of EVE Online explains what "going gold" means, "By going gold, we have finalized the content on the game CD and received approval to manufacture the discs. The beauty of online games is that we will continue to patch and update the game through its lifecycle, so players will constantly be receiving new gameplay scenarios, bug fixes, and optimisations. By including all of the large assets, such as graphic and music files, on the retail CD, players won't have to download these separately. The end result is that our patches are small and quick to download, even for modem users."
ABOUT "EVE ONLINE"
A Galactic Scope
Eve is a massively multiplayer game, set in a world of galactic proportions. This online universe is governed by a hyper-capitalistic economy where space flight is the path to all commerce, communication, and conflict. Your mission is to establish yourself as a major competitor, trusted by your friends, feared by your enemies.
To accomplish this, your principle tools - apart from an impressive array of sophisticated equipment, customisable space ships and in-game corporations - will be your natural business acumen, social skills, Machiavellian thinking and cunning combat strategies.
The world of EVE spans over 5,000 solar systems in astounding visual environments packed with adventure and intrigue. Pirate infested regions, military border zones, rich mining tracts, constellations controlled by terrorist organisations and militant religious cults, politically disputed territories, trade routes, war zones, rebel uprisings, black holes, asteroid fields, glorious vistas and ion storms are among the scenarios and phenomena you will encounter on your way to glory.
Choose Your Destiny
Begin by creating a character and choosing a career. You can opt to become an employee of a mega corporation, pick a career in the military or law enforcement, work as a scientist of a research institution, etc. To get started, you will receive equipment and missions, as well as contacts. Eventually you might want to break free and start your own operation, form a corporation, join a pirate clan, dabble in smuggling, become a bounty hunter. The choices are virtually endless. Good or evil, honest or devious, rich or poor, strong or powerless, you are the master of your destiny.
Choose from four races: Amarr, Caldari, Gallente, and Minmatar. Customise the appearance of your character down to the smallest details. Create a look that is uniquely your own. Then, advance through an extensive skill and training system, which reflects your character's profession. You may seek to perfect your combat skills or study to be an award-winning scientist, join the military or dive into the world of Eve on your own. There are no skill point maximums, race or class restrictions. You are truly free to create a character that is individually tailored to suit your interests with a myriad of skills. Pirate, mercenary, stockbroker, spy or all of the above... the choice is yours.
NPC Factions and Agents
There is a multitude of Non-Player Characters in Eve to interact with. They run the gamut from a mining corporation to a multinational terrorist organisation. Developing contacts within the factions can provide you with access to specialised equipment, missions or top-secret information to help you succeed faster.
NPC and Player Generated Missions
Missions can be played out at any time during the game. These can involve a courier mission for a trade contact, the assassination of an Amarrian ambassador, hunting down a notorious criminal or a full-scale assault on a Caldari military base involving dozens of other players and careful planning.
Player vs. Player
A large portion of the game is centred around player versus player activity - it's always more fun to compete against a human opponent. Keep in mind that if you're timid, you'll find a safety zone within the borders of the empires, as killing of innocents is not tolerated within their borders. You can seek protection with the local law enforcement and make a good living under their wing, but remember that glory comes only to those who dare. No one will give you power, real power is something you must take!
Combat in Eve is incredibly fast and furious and will have you constantly strategising about what measures you should take to best deal with each situation.
Group tactics involve formation flight and squad-based communication, allowing for massive fleet battles with military standard hierarchies.
Large Scale Economy
Everything that can be bought in Eve is manufactured in specialised space stations, using a variety of raw materials. Activities such as mining, selling and transporting raw materials, as well as manufacturing products, are core components of Eve's economic system. Trade and commerce can take place in global markets or directly between players.
As you enter Eve, you will be assigned to an in-game corporation. At any time you can choose to quit and create your own corporation and recruit other players.
Corporations can own and colonise planets and build space stations from where they can run mining operations and manufacture equipment. More sophisticated equipment can enter the marketplace where trade monopolies are enforced with military power.
Competition over limited resources and territories can give rise to corporate warfare. On this level Eve becomes a grand-scale strategy game, where mercenaries, highly trained spies and computer hackers can plot to eliminate high-ranking officers and CEO's.
Ships - Over 80 Different Types
Ships range from small frigates to the massive titan-class, reaching over a mile in length. A multitude of equipment and weapons can be fitted in a myriad of combinations to best suit your individual combat style. Add your corporate logo and other details to fully customise your ship.
World Events and a Progressing Storyline
The world of Eve is ever changing and will be affected throughout the game by colossal events, such as exploding stars, rebel uprisings, famine, deadly epidemics, presidential elections and kidnapping of corrupt politicians. All this is part of a greater story being played out by the gamers themselves- unfolding day by day as the game progresses.
With thousands of players online from around the world, Eve is an incredible social experience. You have the option of making in-game notes about people you encounter throughout the game - friend or foe - a database of information about their behaviour. Next time you meet the guy who ambushed you, he will pay! Notorious players can be tracked down by bounty hunters craving justice - and cash!
The stories behind Eve are multifarious. You can dig deep into the world to gain valuable information, including a detailed history of the races, articles about people, places and world-based phenomena. A complete in-game encyclopaedia is included.
Photo Realistic Real-time Graphics
The graphics engine in Eve is capable of doing photo realistic rendering in real-time of surfaces such as rusty steel, dirty glass, oxidised aluminium and volumetric fire and smoke, as well as environmental effects such as asteroids falling on the planet's surface, comets and the aurora borealis. The Eve engine is built on DirectX9 and utilises the latest graphics and hardware technology.
Eve is played from a 3rd person perspective. You see the world through the eyes of a camera drone hovering outside your ship. This gives you a much better feel for the world over the traditional first person viewpoint in classic space simulators. A 3rd person camera lets you watch as your turrets aim and fire at an enemy target. You'll see missiles flying overhead and your ship in flames if you are running into trouble. This also allows for more sophisticated options, such as controlling large battleships, attacking multiple targets, remotely controlling combat drones, etc.
Easy to Learn
Every action in Eve is accessible through the graphical user interface. There is no need to learn any keyboard shortcuts. The user interface is mouse operated and uses traditional point and click, drag and drop. Every visible object in the scene and on the radar can by interacted with directly.
Already a Massive Community
Eve has created quite a stir in the gaming community, with already over 60 fan sites and strong coverage on gaming websites all over the world. Eve has been listed as one of the most anticipated games of the year and has received incredible enthusiasm among gamers and press alike.
EVE ONLINE WEB SITE
For very detailed information on EVE ONLINE: THE SECOND GENESIS, please visit the web site: www.eve-online.com
European Server Access
The EVE ONLINE service provider is Iceland Telecomm who will handle customer service, in-game support and server hosting. European server access will be provided in London by Cable & Wireless consisting of a giant shard of over 60 servers.
Game subscription costs are as follows (quoted in US Dollars per monthly charge): 1 month $12.95, 3 months $11.95, 6 months $10.95. Current exchange rates USD $1.5 = GBP £1 and Euro 1.5 NB. These exchange rates are subject to currency fluctuations and are presented as a cost guide only.
Eve Online: The Second Genesis will ship simultaneously to North America and Europe in May 2003.
The European release will be handled by Crucial Entertainment Limited, whilst the North American release will be coordinated by Simon & Schuster Interactive.
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