If you ever wanted to try your hand at CCP’s Space faring menu based “Eve Online”, but found the $15 per month to be out of your price range, then they have something that might interest you….for a while. Come this November Eve Online will introduce a free to play model of the game that will give players access to some of the games most popular features. The important part of that sentence was “some”, however. in order for players to get the most out of their experience you are going to have to pay the pre-established subscription fee, as some skills will be locked out for free to play customers and the ones available will only level up so much.
Frankly, this system sounds like utter shit to me. The idea of combining a free-to-play and subscription based game seems like it’s going to end up with the worst parts of both. I also can imagine how much this is going to help CCP as the nature of EVE Online always meant it’s going to be a niche game, so trying to open that up to more players like this can only really survey to make the game worse for its existing player base. Or at least that’s what i’m expecting.