EVE Online now has over 500,000 subscribers

And Retribution is the "most commercially successful expansion CCP has ever launched"

EVE Online, the massive space trading game, now has more than 500,000 subscribers according to CCP. It's a fitting milestone for a game ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

"This is a really big deal for us," said CCP's chief marketing officer David Reid.

"This is a ten year old game that has continued to grow every single year of its existence. It's very different from other games in the industry that we've all seen have had their peaks and have continued to decline, particularly in the subscription model."

Reid credited the rise to a number of things, the game's eighteenth free expansion, Retribution, which he called "the most commercially successful expansion CCP has ever launched," and the recent and unexpected piece of emergent gameplay, the Battle of Asakai.

He also referenced the game's recent release in China, and said the company was off to a "very strong start" in the country.

Both Reid and CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson also spoke about the recent PlayStation 4 announcement, and how it would affect EVE Online console spin-off, Dust 514.

"We saw what they announced, and of course we were part of the briefing for that," said Reid.

"It seems like the best idea in the world to have a free product on a platform that's about to transition"

Hilmar Veigar Petursson

"We saw in particular what David Perry talked about with Gaikai and how Sony is exploring this and at this point we have nothing to add to what Sony announced. We're excited about what they're doing, we're excited about our prospects on PlayStation 3 with over 70 million consoles out there now."

He was confident that those consoles would stay in living rooms around the world for years to come and it was a "tremendously exciting commercial opportunity" to be a free-to-play FPS on the machine at this point in its lifecycle.

"If there's anything we've learned over the past decade at CCP it's about focus and execution," explained Petursson.

"Just seeing the early numbers and the reaction of the audience we now have in the open beta of Dust the opportunity is even bigger and more exciting than we ever thought. Now we're closing in on 80 million PS3s all around the world and the product that we have, which is one of the first free-to-play experiences on the PlayStation 3, it seems like the best idea in the world to have a free product on a platform that's about to transition."

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Latest comments (6)

Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios9 years ago
The game is certainly not for everybody.

And it's VERY unforgiving. As are the people that play it.

Been a subscriber for 3 years now. Can't wait to see where they go next with the universe.
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Graeme Quantrill Mobile App Developer 9 years ago
I personally like the harshness of Eve. Every action has a reaction.

Fair play to CCP though, they're doing well. I'm also very intrigued about the World of Darkness they're working on.
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Emily Rose Artist 9 years ago
The Drake is fine. The training times on the changed ship prereqs are only longer if you are crosstraining. Others like command ships are actually shorter. No ship you can currently fly will be taken away. People training to 5 just want free SP (nothing wrong with that)

Andrew, Read the devblogs. It's no Apocrypha but it's pretty good.

Here's to another 10 years :D
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Ceyhun Alyesil IT Integration Manager, SHR Interaktif Servisler9 years ago
Never touched EVE with the fear of it will capture my soul :D I love their model i hope they become more and more bigger.
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I've always thought of EVE as the game I'd love to play if I could get over how boring the actual gameplay is. The level of player involvement, the importance of corp machinations and the willingness of CCP to sit back and let players drive the story is really impressive and I'd love to see another game be as bold - which is why I am ridiculously excited about WoD. Are CCP really the only company who recognise how exciting player empowerment is?

That said, I did download the game the other day - but only to play with the much-vaunted character creation system, which gets a double thumbs-up from me. If WoD uses a similar system(but with better clothing!) I will buy that game as soon as physically possible.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 9 years ago
On a side note, folks...

the game has been included (with a few others) in a nice MoMA exhibit (and yep, EVE is non-playable for some pretty obvious reasons) called Applied Design ( that shows a pretty impressive video of gameplay from one day last December. One of the curators is a huge sci-fi fan, so that's one reason the game was picked. Not sure if she plays the game at all, but it's cool to see games NOT be used as media fodder for the easily duped.
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