Greetings from CCP.
Just a quick note to those on our press list to remind you that EVE Online: Incarna 1.0 is set to deploy tomorrow. The feature page can be found by visiting www.eveonline.com/incarna, and the patch notes are soon to follow.
Incarna represents an entirely new aspect of EVE, providing pilots with their first steps outside of the spaceships that have stalked the constellations of the EVE universe for over eight years.
The first iteration, fittingly named Incarna 1.0, brings the Captain's Quarters to each station. The Captain's Quarters are a seat of power, a hub of information and a quiet sanctuary for a pilot looking to relax a bit. A quick walthrough video can be found here. Incarna will grow over time, adding new versions of the Captain's Quarters and then establishments and beyond.
Incarna also brings a fresh beginning for a new player's experience, as we've remade it into a "New New Player Experience" and worked hard to smooth out the learning curve. It is now easier than ever to try EVE Online--an even more immersive experience is in store for those curious about jumping in the deepest MMO on the market.
You will, as always, receive a more formal press about the EVE Online: Incarna release and all its other features Soon TM .
What else may you have missed?
The Ninth Alliance Tournament just wrapped up its final weekend, with some truly amazing matches. For those not in the know, the Alliance Tournament is the pinnacle of e-competitions :) Players provide their own ships (which they typically lose), tactics and setups and fight it out over a three weekend period until one of the original 64 teams remains victorious. We stream these matches live in HD, with commentators and between match discussions.
Luckily for those that missed it, all the matches will appear on your YouTube playlist page--a great thing for those interested in the types of strategies high level EVE combat can offer (and the metagaming that leaks even into the Alliance Tournament).
Also, a whole bunch of blogs. CCP prides itself on being open and honest with its community and in keeping them up-to-speed about not only our development, but also our thoughts on future projects. The dev blog archive is here.
And of course the DUST 514 announcement at E3 Expo.
As always, if you are interested in a review account, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org . The same goes for interviews, assets or general questions. I'm here to make sure you get what you need to explore the EVE universe as fully as possible.
Ned Coker // CCP Manifest