Reykjavik, Iceland - June 23, 2011 - CCP, one of the world's leading independent game developers, has released EVE: Online Incarna 1.0, the 14th free expansion for EVE Online. The first steps of avatar-based gameplay mark a milestone long sought after by EVE players and fans alike by adding stunning 3D avatars to the sci-fi virtual universe.
Incarna 1.0 brings captain's quarters to space stations throughout the sixty-six regions of space. They are pilots' information hubs, their seats of power and their quiet sanctuaries. A short walk from the ship hangar brings a wealth of information via a new UI interface centered around a large holoscreen. Importantly, Incarna deepens the EVE experience and offers a true sense of immersion for those who build their reputation, which often equates to success, on their characters' identities.
Our new player experience has also undergone remodeling. Now it is easier than ever to begin the boundless life of an EVE pilot in a universe of possibilities with freshened tutorials and voice prompts. An agent finder provides ease of access to employment opportunities and the Noble Exchange offers another avenue to flaunt accumulated wealth with fashion goods sold throughout the universe. There's also a revamped corporation finder tool to better help pilots match up with established groups who share their goals, a vital part of EVE's foundation. Finally, Incarna delivers major technical milestones for EVE as well, with the addition of the CarbonIO technology that unlocked an 8% average gain for cluster CPU speeds.
"Incarna opens up a new layer of depth and immersion for the pilots of New Eden to explore," says Senior Producer Arnar Gylfason. "With this latest addition to EVE we are one step closer to doing justice to visualizing the world our players have built over the years."
Incarna 1.0 will be followed in the coming months with more additions as avatar gameplay evolves into an inseparable part of EVE's sci-fi space and many of EVE's themes of choice, collaboration and treachery infiltrate the stations themselves.
The feature list can be found at the Incarna feature site here: www.eveonline.com/incarna
As always, EVE Online is free to play for 14 days at play.eveonline.com
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About EVE Online
EVE Online is a spectacular, captivating gaming experience where hundreds of thousands of players compete within the same virtual cosmic universe for riches, power, glory and adventure. In EVE, players can create and live out their most virtuous or sinister dreams, piloting starships through a futuristic galaxy featuring a sophisticated, player-run economy and a solar system rife with treasures to be discovered. With professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander and more, EVE players have access to a diverse array of tools and interfaces to forge their own exhilarating path. EVE players can also interact within EVE Gate, a web-based portal for the EVE community to connect, organize and communicate outside of the game itself. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com.
CCP is recognized for the creation of revolutionary gaming experiences designed with a unique combination of stunning artistry and advanced technology. Best known as the independent developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, space-based massively multiplayer online game (MMO) and PC Gamer’s 2009‘MMO of the Year’, two additional titles are now in production: World of Darkness, a dark, immersive MMO based on the legendary roleplaying franchise of the same name; and DUST 514, the groundbreaking massively multiplayer online persistent shooter (MMOPS) set in and linked to the EVE Online universe. Founded in Iceland in 1997, CCP is privately held and has offices in Atlanta, Newcastle, Reykjavik and Shanghai with a datacenter in London. More information can be found at www.ccpgames.com.