Explore. Build. Conquer. EVE Online immerses you in a sci-fi experience where your every action can have rippling effects across a massive online universe. Team with and compete against over 500,000 players in epic starship battles or wage economic warfare on the galactic player-controlled market.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,076 reviews)
Release Date: May 6, 2003

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September 2

New in Hyperion - "Donate Game Time" explained

What is Donate Time?

"Donate Game Time" is an easy way to use PLEX to instantly gift 30 days of game time to another character (more information about PLEX can be found in the Knowledgebase article about PLEX

How to use "Donate Game Time"

To use the "Donate Game Time" feature you need to have at least one PLEX available in your inventory.

Check out the animation below for a visual guide and read on for more details.



Simply right-click on the PLEX icon and then choose the "Activate PLEX" option from the popup menu. This will open a new window which shows several services available.

At the bottom of this window you will see the "Donate 30 days of game time" option. In the text field, type the name of the character you would like to donate the game time to.

As you type the character name, you will see a list populate with character names that match the text you have entered. Once their name appears, click on the character you would like to donate the game time to.

Once you have selected a character, the Donate button to the right will become clickable. Click the Donate button to start donating the game time.

The Donate button switches to a teal colored Confirm button.

You have 5 seconds to confirm your decision by clicking the button. Afterwards the Confirm button turns back to the Donate button and you will have to re-confirm your choice.

If you have selected the wrong character, you simply can remove the character by clicking the little white X in the text field.

Why use Donate Game Time?

With Donate Game Time you can give game time directly to your friends or to your own alt accounts without going through the process of transferring PLEX to another character, who would then have to actively use that PLEX themselves. It is also a very simple way to activate inactive accounts.

Donate Game Time saves you and the receiving character some time as you transfer the benefits from using PLEX instantly.

Donate Game Time to inactive and trial accounts

If the receiving character resides on an inactive account, the Donate Game Time feature will activate that account and 30 days of game time will be added.

If the receiving character is a trial account, the Donate Game Time feature will convert that account to a full subscribing account and adds 30 days of game time to that account. All trial account restrictions will be lifted.

Donate Game Time and the Buddy Program

If trial accounts invited via the Buddy Program are converted to fully subscribed accounts via the Donate Game Time feature, then the Buddy inviter will receive a reward just as if the trial account owner would have used a PLEX to upgrade the account.

More information about the Buddy Program can be found on the EVE Online Account Management

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September 2

Hyperion Release Is Live!

We are happy to announce that the Hyperion release has been deployed succesfully!

You can read an overview of all the improvements and features that arrived with the Hyperion release in the Coming in Hyperion Dev Blog, by CCP Seagull, Executive Producer for EVE Online, and check out the full patch notes on the Community Portal.

For general feedback on the Hyperion release, please use this thread. To report issues and problems, please usethis thread.

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New Starter Pack and Add-Ons!



Introducing the new EVE Online Starter Pack! Designed from the ground up to kickstart a new pilot's career, the Core Starter Pack features a full arsenal of skills and gear for miners and crafters.

The Core Starter Pack includes:

  • The ORE Venture mining frigate
  • A full set of modules and equipment to kit out your ship
  • Over two dozen primary skills, ready to train
  • Blueprints to build the Venture and the deadly Corax destroyer
  • A Mobile Depot personal deployable
  • Avatar apparel: male “Esquire” and female “Executor” coats (black)
  • Prototype Cerebral Accelerator (skill booster)
  • 30 days of game time

To help advance your career in space, choose one or more of the following Add-Ons:

  • The Colonist Add-On Pack equips you with the essentials for your own planetary industry colonies.
  • The Explorer Add-On Pack provides specialized gear for whose make their fortunes discovering and looting lost treasures.
  • The Industrialist Add-On Pack gives you skills, minerals, and blueprints to get started as a manufacturer of the machines of war.
  • The Skirmisher Add-On Pack arms you with a combat-ready Breacher frigate, ammo and the skills you need to learn to hold your own in battle.

EVE Premium Edition!



Leave all your options open and be ready for anything with the Premium Starter Pack. Everything from the Core Starter Pack and all four Add-Ons are included. We’ve also added some of the hottest battleship skins and PLEX, an in-game token worth 30 additional days of game time that can be used or traded on the EVE market. Be prepared for wherever your adventurous spirit wants to take you with the Premium Edition.

The Premium Edition includes:

  • Core Starter Pack (including 30 days of game time)
  • Colonist Add-on
  • Explorer Add-on
  • Industrialist Add-on
  • Skirmisher Add-on
  • Abaddon Tash-Murkon Battleship skin
  • Hyperion Innerzone Shipping Battleship skin
  • Maelstrom Nefantar Battleship skin
  • Rokh Wiyrkomi Edition Battleship skin
  • 1 PLEX (30 additional days of game time)

Discover PLEX and play for free



PLEX is 30 days of game time in the form of a tradeable in-game item. If you need extra EVE currency (ISK), you can purchase PLEX for real money directly from Steam or through Account Management and sell it to other players on the in-game market. On the other hand, if you earn enough ISK, you can purchase PLEX from other players on the market and use it to extend your subscription – effectively playing for free.

PLEX is actively traded between players and can be found in every major trade hub of EVE Online. It is only consumed when you activate it, affording you the freedom to use it when and where you need it most.

Selling PLEX to boost your in-game wallet and buying PLEX to pay your subscription using in-game currency are just two of its many uses. PLEX can also be used to purchase various account services or even to pay for out of game events and products.

About This Game

Explore. Build. Conquer. EVE Online immerses you in a sci-fi experience where your every action can have rippling effects across a massive online universe. Team with and compete against over 500,000 players in epic starship battles or wage economic warfare on the galactic player-controlled market.

Key Features

  • Multiple PVP systems – Enlist in Factional Warfare as a loyalist of one of the four races of EVE, dodge the law as a deep space pirate or take arms in the large-scale conflict of alliance warfare where battles can consist of over a thousand pilots clashing for supremacy among the stars. EVE online lets you choose the type of PVP that fits your playstyle.
  • Massive Player-Driven Economy – Everything bought and sold on the EVE Online market is manufactured and traded by players. Buy and sell orders, contracts, courier agreements and many other tools of trade are available to let players carve their industrial empire. Rise to the top as a savvy entrepreneur or a member of one of the many existing mega-corporations in EVE.
  • Explorations, Mining, Missions – EVE Online offers a diverse range of progression paths. Players can advance as merchants, industrialists, politicians, spies or any number of other careers without limitation. Hundreds of trainable skills and open gameplay allow you to define the role you want to play in the virtual universe.
  • Liberating character advancement - Never "grind" for a skill again. Passive skill gain system allows your skills to increase even while you're offline.
  • Single-shard universe - Join hundreds of thousands of players in the same persistent universe, where your fame or infamy is not confined to just a subset of the playerbase.
  • Free expansions – You will never be charged for an EVE expansion - as the EVE universe grows, so do the benefits of your subscription.
  • Play for FREE – Established players can eventually pay for their game time with in-game money they earn while playing.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: CPU that supports SSE2 (Intel Dual Core @ 2.0 GHz, AMD Dual Core @ 2.0 GHz)
    • Memory: XP SP2 – 1 GB / Vista and newer – 2 GB
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB Free Space
    • Video: GPU with 256 MB VRAM or more that supports Shader Model 3 and DirectX 9.0c (AMD Radeon 2600 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS)
    • Audio: Supports SSE, Direct Sound compatible
    • Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
    • Network: ADSL connection (or faster)
    • Note that older graphics cards such as the NVIDIA 6000 and 7000 series may work but are not officially supported. Please note that Windows 95, 98, ME, NT and 2000 are not supported.
    • Note: the minimum screen resolution for EVE is 1024x768. Audio hardware must be Direct Sound compatible. For optimum performance, use latest drivers available.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium i7 Series or AMD X4 @ 2.0 GHz or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB or greater
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB free space
    • Video: AMD Radeon 6790 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or better with at least 1 GB VRAM
    • Audio: Supports SSE, Direct Sound compatible
    • Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
    • Network: ADSL connection or faster
    Minimum:

    • Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5
    • Processor: CPU that supports SSE2 (Intel Dual Core @ 2.0 GHz)
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB Free Space
    • Video: GPU with 256 MB VRAM or more that supports Shader Model 3 and DirectX 9.0c (NVIDIA GeForce 320m, Intel HD 3000)
    • Audio: Supports SSE, Direct Sound compatible
    • Network: ADSL connection (or faster)
    Recommended:

    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5
    • Processor: Intel i7 Series @ 3.0 GHz or greater
    • Memory: 8 GB or greater
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB Free Space
    • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 675mx or better with at least 1 GB VRAM
    • Audio: Supports SSE, Direct Sound compatible
    • Network: ADSL connection (or faster)
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
4,209.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
The best MMO I've ever played period.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1,186.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I want to ram my head through a wall.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
108.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
start to ruin my life 11/10
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33 of 55 people (60%) found this review helpful
108.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
After a year of being abused by many players and pirates, I think it is time to write a detailed review or an impression of the psychological rollercoaster I went through.

Eve Online is identical to real life in my opinion. You are thrown in there with little to no instructions. The learning curve is tough. You could end up mining for a guild, oh ♥♥♥♥. I called it a guild, you might be shunned if you call them guilds in this game, they are called corps. Where was I? Oh yeah, you could end up working for a corp as a miner to get the ship you wanted after a very long time in the safest spot or you could end up being a pirate hunting the same miners you could have been. It most likely depends on your skills and how much time you are willing to dedicate to such a game. Why do I say that? Learning skills takes real time as opposed to game time. Skills would start building up in your queue from 3 Hours to months of real time. In case you read this far and you are wondering if it is a casual MMO, no it is not. It is rather hardcore and this is coming from someone who is not all that familiar with MMOs. Anyways, just like I said, you could ultimately do whatever you want to do in this game. Planetary exploration and material extraction, piracy, logistics, Mining, whatever. It sounds very exciting initially but it takes a really long time and money and effort. All that effort can go down the drain however. If your ship gets destroyed, all those upgrades you have spent time and blood and sweat on would go away in a heartbeat, but that's not remotely all of it. Your character's pod is thrown into space and you have to get your pod to the nearest space station to find another ship before someone destroys your pod and... Well, your character dies and loses all those skills you spent real life time on. I am repeating myself with the real life time because it is just so ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ frustrating.

I honestly didn't expect myself to get into a game like this, I didn't expect to get into it for a long time. I rarely enjoyed it but it was like staring at pandora's box from afar, it seems so interesting your curiosity gets the better of you and well... You spend 100+ hours into it getting into more than one corps the same way you apply to a job. Perhaps even more humiliating. Getting into a corp is not easy, they interview you, sometimes skype you and assess if you are the man/woman for the position. It almost sounds crazy, and I assure you, it is when you end up hearing about people being humiliated in chat rooms filled with at least 200 players that watch a man get naked on webcam to get a position in a corp. That's how it is in the world of EVE, it sounds really interesting from afar just like the notorious battle that had thousands of players pit against each other, but when you actually get into it, you want to leave and never come back.

Perhaps I got one good thing out of it. The love of Ambient music. A year ago, I was never a fan of music that fades into the background and helps you concentrate. EVE's soundtrack is full of that. It helps the players enjoy their sweet time digging into their menus for countless of hours to EVE's soundtrack. It was well engineered to the point where you feel lonely and it is scary out there when you are traveling and expect a pirate to strike you down even in the safest spots. Ironically, the first time I encountered an NPC drone, I thought it was a pirate and panicked and abandoned my ship only to find out later that it was part of the mission.

I don't think I have anything specific in my review regarding the technicalities of EVE, but I was just surprised and my expectations have been greatly exceeded by what I saw there, and I was sure it was not for me. At the same time, all I can write here are my impressions. I finally left the game after realizing it was inevitable for me especially after a pirate corp threatened the mining corp I was in. I actually stayed with that cop for about a month or so, and it was newly formed. Later on when the pirate corp threatens it, members of my mining corp started arguing and all I could do was observe. I was a spectator the whole time and it was, admittedly enjoyable to see my own corp's members argue and argue until some of them left and it went down the drain. It's just so amazing how things could change ther-- YOUR SPACESHIP IS BEING ATTACKED,WAT? YOUR GUN IS FROZEN, YOUR SHIELD HAS BEEN JAMMED.... WHY? OH GOD PLEA-- *boom* Pod is still there, guess I can go and grab another ship and build millions of isks instead of buying PLEX cards with real money (60$ give or take) to get back the same ship I had with the same upgra-- *respawns* *pod destroyed* ..... *quits game* *uninstalls*

10/10 would quit after a year and be haunted by it for the rest of his life
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
488.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
sooooo one does not simply play eve right,,, well let me tell you about my eve experience so far. ive played for a year and 5 month about 6 month of that time was spent inside a station training skills. this game is ruthless and unforgiving. if you are a wow or any other casual mmo player you should click back now. but if you want the challenge , if you wanna feel pain, and suffering , if you wanna feel suicidal, if you want your adrenaline lvls go sky high in pvp battles than install the game and start playing it. the game is what you make out of it, simple as that. i highly recommend this game 10/10.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
123.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
For all who think of starting in this game, let it be said that this is not your regular.
-pay to win or play to win game. It is a game that takes time and friends and allies to get anywhere.

This is a completely player controlled sandbox game.

pros:

- skillsystem is time based, you train while online and offline,
- very well based ships and every ship has its purpose and role to play.
- a steady and increasing player base.
- uppdates and more content (ships/functions) are FREE and are regulary.
- a good dev team and support.
- choise based, it is up to you industrialist, worrior, support, fleet commander, miner, pirat and trader (to mention a few).
- waste univers/world
- exelent graphics.

cons:

- for new players, this game might look hard to start in.
- game been around for 7+ years, players with 7+ years with skills are hard to compete with (thats why alliances exist to join)
- takes a long time to get really started, we are talking months.

For last, this is the most hard core game of the MMORPG- science fiction genre. But it is still the best one by far.
Also i recommend not to buy this through steam, but rather through the official site due to minor problems i have heard people are having with this game on steam.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1,067.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I am totally not an addicted to this game.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
1,037.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
this game is awsome but frustrating i say it should be a free to play game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
545.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Simple to play , yet will take you thousands of hours to master. The Simple interface hides a rich and complex gaming experiance that changes as you gain experiance and explore more of the gme with each play.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
522.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Was fun for a long time, but it ends up just being 'Spreadsheets in Space'. You're more worried about how you're holding up statistically, so you end up missing how beautiful the game actually is.

Yes, recommended. Do i still play? No.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
215.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Excel: The game
11/10 would spreadsheet again
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
79.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Do not get this game if you are expecting...

~ A fun space exploration game. This game has none of it. Exploration is indeed a career path you can take, but the function of it has nothing to do with actual "exploring" and has more to do with finding what are basically satellites in deep space and playing a minigame for loot. Don't be fooled by the game's huge star map: it only contains more of the same stuff. What differentiates star systems is the hostility of its occupants towards outsiders, and the quality of their ships. Be warned: the number of players capable of one-shotting you for the first few months is staggering.

~ Anything that feels remotely like space flight or being in space. Flying ships in EVE is essentially a point, click and wait experience. In fact that just about describes the entire scope of the game, in those three words. There is no physics beyond the movement of ships through the open environment. Collision with any object will result in a garish bouncing effect akin to trying to push the wrong sides of two magnets together.

~ A game with many unique functions and facets. Everything in EVE comes down to one thing: gathering ISK, the in game currency. This is literally the entire point of the game. Even if your goal is go out and kill whoever you like (which is possible) you will invariably have to accumulate more ISK somehow to make up for your losses. And that "somehow" will probably be asteroid mining, possibly the most mind-numbing grind activity I have ever encountered in a game. You can produce things via the industrial track but in the end you will find it always results in A) a little more ISK for moi and B) an unending need for asteroid mining. Research and science, things that I wish would appear in games more often as a functional skill, sadly exist only to invigorate industry, which is in turn powered by asteroid mining. Needless to say, find a podcast or start collecting audiobooks.

As for other activities: Scavenging is identical to mining, only with fewer returns. Exploration, referred to above, has a unique minigame but it gets just as repetitive as mining. Other career paths such as hauling are the same way: time goes down the hole and glorious ISK, your only reward, comes out.

Bottom line: In EVE online, form is miles behind function, and the function of EVE is to be an exercise in lassez-faire economics. If you have fun just by successfully carrying out the function of a relatively difficult game, you will probably find your home in EVE online. For anyone else looking for to have fun with satisfying controls and gameplay or to experience any kind of satisfaction from the FORM of a game, look elsewhere.
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
66.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This game has an awful learning curve
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
98.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
*SIDE NOTE*
DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT BUY THIS GAME TROUGH STEAM CAUSE YOU ARE GONNA REGRET IT!

Note aside,

If you like space and everything about it and you wanna do what ever the ♥♥♥♥ you want buy EvE.
Eventho it has monthly sub you can earn it in-game with "plex" you can buy this from other players so this kinda is F2P if you end up sticking some tme into it!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1,620.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Yea, its good
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
614.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Internet spaceships, check. Galactic sandbox MMO, check. Pirates and exotic dancers, check. Wanton, relentless explosions, check.

This game is amazing. :guristas:
It has one helluva learning curve, but there is a pretty decent tutorial and an endless supply of resources to figure out what you're doing and who you shouldn't be doing it with. Everything from good guy missions, pirates, asteroid mining, running the player-based economy, to fueling it with industry or salvage. You can also pay for the subscription with in-game currency. Win/win!
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Awesome game! Awesome dynamics! Can't wait to play it with the Oculus Rift! :D
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
3 days and within that 3days I have 24 hours played. I feel EvE is the kind of game that you go to when you want to sink your time away down a deep dark path and before you know it you've slipped into a gaming coma and you're 60 and spent the past 39 years of your life playing it.

The game is fun. The issue is understand just how to play it. You can roam about of your own accord doing missions however it's when you get into a Corp and begin listening to them tell you to equip this and do this that you begin to understand you'd need to sit for 10 hours learning the insides and outsides of these things to even get a glimpse into what EvE has to offer.

Overall this game is fun. I personally do not have to time to learn a new MMO. HOWEVER I think if you're looking for a new MMO to play and you're a experienced seasoned MMO player that is willing to put the time and effort into EvE you can conquer entire regions and make billions upon billions of ISK.

TLDR; got 39 years to spare? Then what are you waiting for!
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Welcome to spreadsheet simulator, the game.

EVE Online is a rather daunting MMO, because unlike games like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic, EVE is an unscripted world, making players the only source of drive for the game. Personally, I think it's brilliant, because it leaves a feeling of randomness and uncertainty to the game, and outside of a few hours of training missions, it can be truly exciting to play.

In EVE, you have the option of filling a diverse number of roles, whether you want to trade, fight, act as private security for other groups, or any number of other roles, keeping character creation feeling fresh and interesting.

If playing games like WoW has bored you out from the same old grind to 80 (or whatever the cap is now), fetch quests, and just plain old scripting, get ready for hundreds of hours of MORE fetch quests, tutorials, and more!

Wait, no... It's an exciting world, even if it's a slow start, but highly suggested to those with the patience to experience what is one of the best MMOs on the market
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1,482.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Amazing and graphically pleasing. 10/10 - Best MMO I've played, and one of my favourite games of all time
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