EVE Online: Quantum Rise Multiplies MMO Power

October 15, 2008

EVE Online: Quantum Rise
Multiplies MMO Power

CCP breaks barriers in free
expansion slated for release this winter

CCP, one of the world’s leading independent game developers, today announced the
launch of the ninth free expansion for EVE Online, its popular science fiction
massively multi-player online game (MMOG). EVE Online: Quantum Rise offers
limitless opportunity to the talented starship pilots of New Eden as the roots
of conflict spread deep for their lifeblood.

Players have great things to look
forward to in EVE Online: Quantum Rise. Corporations will be able to set their
products apart from the rest by building trust in their goods through
customizable storefronts. The backbone of EVE’s vibrant economy, industrial
ships are being rebalanced and optimized to better suit the needs of haulers and
industrialists-including the latest edition to the fleet, a massive capital
industrial ship dubbed the Orca. A new certificate system will give a quick and
verifiable means to discern a pilot’s skill level in trading, gunnery or
countless other professions, providing plenty of bragging rights. Meanwhile, the
introduction of a medal system allows corporations to distinguish their most
valued pilots and honor them for their achievements.

The staged delivery of EVE Online:
Quantum Rise began with the recent implementation of technological breakthroughs
such as StacklessIO and EVE64 which upgraded the server hardware and streamlined
communication between server and client to severely reduce lag. The reality of
thousands of ships simultaneously engaged in adrenaline-charged combat is at
hand and several fleet battles have already been fought using this new
technology. Emboldened by the significant effects these improvements bring to
high-level gameplay, CCP will push forward with a myriad of hardware and server
improvements to bring the most massive player vs player experience available,
expanding a boundless universe into a limitless one.

"We are very proud to be delivering
this expansion, both in terms of features and the sheer performance increases
made possible by deep refactoring of selected portions of our network and server
code, complimented with the finest hardware we could find," says Torfi Frans
lafsson, Senior Producer of EVE Online. "I can’t imagine a better game where
you can engage hundreds of people simultaneously in highly immersive tactical
combat or simply sit back and make millions off of the conflict via research,
manufacturing or logistics. You choose your destiny; that’s the beauty of it."

Further features also include:

Weapon linking to make your
onslaught easier
Continuations of the massive Trinity graphics update
Changes to autopilot routes and avoidance techniques
More to be revealed in the coming weeks

A full list of features will be
available soon at
www.eveonline.com

Availability:
EVE Online: Quantum Rise will be available for subscribers as a free download at

www.eveonline.com/download
.  Non-subscribers should visit the EVE
website to sign up for a free 14-day trial account.

About EVE Online
Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE Online is a breathtaking
journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches,
danger and glory. With nearly a quarter of a million subscribers worldwide
inhabiting the same virtual universe, EVE features a vast player-run economy
where your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific
needs, skills and ambitions. EVE offers professions ranging from commodities
trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to
battle fleet commander or any combination of these and much more. From brokering
business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of
sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE. Learn more
and sign up for a free trial at
www.eveonline.com

Definition of Subscribers
EVE Online subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or
have an active electronic time code (ETC) to play EVE Online, as well as those
who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. The above
definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or
cancelled subscriptions and expired ETCs.