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'EVE Online' User Base Keeps Expanding

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2005 @ 6:05 p.m. PDT

Independent developer and publisher CCP Games announced today that since the launch of 'EVE Online: Cold War Edition' the game has surpassed the 15,000 peak concurrent user record and smashed through the 70,000 active subscriber mark. This is a remarkable milestone for EVE Online considering the industry-wide decrease in MMOG subscriber numbers due to the impact of big-name entries into the genre.

"Despite the increasingly competitive environment following the launch of big-name titles this year, EVE Online has demonstrated consistent growth," says Hilmar Veigar Petursson, CEO of CCP Games. "We regard this as a real testament of the game's appeal and longevity, and was clearly demonstrated when we released the latest EVE video (http://www.eve-online.com/download/videos). The video was downloaded more than 100 000 times in 48 hours, and following that we have had a surge of new players, which still continues. Another important factor in our growth is that it is never too late for a new player to join EVE, as there is a place and role for everyone in the EVE universe."

The recent growth of EVE Online has been fuelled largely by gamers defecting from other online games. CCP's commitment to providing a dynamic, single, global-game universe plus user-empowering, demanding game play is attracting gamers seeking a deeper and more rewarding experience than what is offered by traditional online fantasy games.

"We are humbled and pleased by the success of EVE," said Magnus Bergsson, CMO of CCP Games. "EVE is built on the ideal that games can be non-linear and require the gamer to be an active participant in the games evolution, and seeing the gamers acceptance of that ideal is all the reward we need."

'EVE Online' is the forerunner of next-generation massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) and is set in a virtual world of galactic magnitude that is governed by a hyper-capitalistic economy. In a universe of this scope, you are free to discover your own place, be it in the form of a humble trader ferrying goods from system to system; a despicable pirate preying on anyone foolish enough to cross your path; a heroic combat pilot lancing through the fray as you battle for your faction; or a mighty business tycoon leading a corporation with hundreds of employees. To accomplish any or all of this, your main tools will include a diverse array of sophisticated equipment, spaceships, and social interfaces, but you'll also need a strong business acumen, cunning combat strategies, and often pure Machiavellian thinking.

EVE OnlineĀ®: Cold War Edition puts the fragile peace sustaining the Empire territories at risk, as sovereignties secretly vie for advantage over their foes. Empires will unite to form pacts, old superhighways will be changed, and a new world order will start to take shape. Dozens of new passageways into the deep space regions will create unprecedented opportunities for both veteran and new pilots alike.

The new expansion can be downloaded from the EVE Online web site free of charge. For more information on EVE Online please visit: http://www.eve-online.com.

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