So, the EVE Universe exploded this week with the announcement that EVE will become “free to play” with the introduction of “Alpha Clones” that offer new players the option to enjoy a single racial tree of ships up to a certain skill level. Even the real world press picked up on it.
I won’t comment too much on this, better people than I have already done in depth analyses. And universally, this change has been greeted with quite some enthusiasm:
Seleene: My alliance, like most I imagine, is basically going bonkers at this announcement. What’s interesting is the lack of salt involved. While some folks are all, “OMG F2P IS HERE EVE CONFIRMED DYING!!”, most are cautiously curious and accepting. Maybe because, like many older players, a lot of us felt something along these lines was bound to happen. There are too many successful examples in the MMO industry for CCP to not go this route.
But I do want to join the chorus of enthusiasm and welcome our new Alpha Brothers with open arms and launchers. May you find the new player experience less painful than a root canal without novocain while sitting on a nailbed with naked arse and ants after having had massive vindaloo for dinner and cheap beer and the vindaloo had things in it that have been dead for so long, not even Melisandre can raise it spoiler alert – too late – sorry
Anyway. So us Omega Clones have everything, our newbro Alpha clones have entry level ships but there is a curious gap between us.
Yes, dear reader. Between us and the alphas are 22 other possible clone grade levels. This wisdom is what a classical education buys you. Go back to school, scrub.
Oh? Tinfoil time.
So, lets assume we are the Omega, the end all, be all and our alphas are the minimum. In that case, what is a Beta Clone?
That discussion opens a curious mix of possibilities.
Beta Clone = 2 races to Alpha clone SP level. Not $15 / month but $7 or 1/2 PLEX.
Gamma Clone: Industrial Expert. Can fly all ORE ships to max skill but no other ships beyond Alpha.
Delta Clone: Scout. Can fly his one racial Covops (including cloaking) and maybe his racial recons.
Epsilon Clone: Manufacturing and Market Expert. You know, manufacturing skills. Whatever they are.