EVE Online Team [6/24/2021 11:00:00 AM]
50% Off 3 Month Omega + 3 Month MCT
Save 50% on 3 months of Omega and 3 months of Multiple Character Training (MCT) until 29 June!
For a limited time only, you can train skills on an additional character at the same time as your primary character with Multiple Character Training (MCT) for 3 months!
This limited time additional training slot is activated as soon as you purchase this combined offer of a 3 month Omega package and the MCT for a total of $48.85 by 11:00 UTC on 29 June, so start adding skills to your additional character's training queue immediately!
MCT will allow you to train skills on multiple characters on the same account simultaneously.
Along with Omega giving you double training speed, an infinite skill queue and access to all skills in EVE, you can use this offer to significantly advance skill training potential across your characters and get closer to your goals in New Eden!
EVE Online Team [6/23/2021 12:00:00 PM]
Help Make EVE Beautiful
On 23 June, the Singularity test server will play host to a significant new visual update, including:
- Shader adjustments
- New lighting changes
- The colors of New Eden becoming brighter and deeper
- Gradients smoothing out and highlights being better represented.
These changes are part of an ongoing commitment to improving the foundation of EVE, and setting the game up for a thriving third decade. By deleting the gray coloring, these upgrades will bring New Eden to life like never before.
The team is currently in the process of adjusting and fine tuning, and that’s where you come in. So please go ahead and hop onto Singularity at some point after 23 June, have a look around, and submit your feedback. With your help, let's keep EVE at the vanguard of graphical excellence!
More on all of this later - but for now, please log in and share your discovery with us, by taking screenshots, comparing the visuals, and so forth!
EVE Online Team [6/22/2021 11:00:00 AM]
Enter the Portal - Live on Tranquility!
The Enter the Portal update is now live on Tranquility, bringing powerful buffs to the Black Ops class of Tech II battleships, rebalancing of Covert Ops exploration ships, and an increase to chained targets for Vorton Projectors. Black Ops ships fitted with a Covert Jump Portal are also now able to use the slick new Conduit Jump feature to jump into battle alongside their covert comrades.
When using a Conduit Jump, the Black Ops battleship will act as an Anchor, taking nearby covert cloak-capable ships and other Black Ops within 10km to the destination as Passengers. In addition to getting your fleet on grid faster, this also comes with the benefit of using much less fuel than a Bridge at just 1,000 Isotopes per lightyear for the fleet.
Thanks to player feedback after the release on Singularity, the passenger count for a Conduit Jump has been bumped up from 10 to 30, helping you conduct a covert ambush more easily. Additionally, the cargo capacity and targeting range of every Black Ops battleship has been increased as a quality-of-life improvement.
These new changes will make your Black Ops drops more powerful than ever so why not show off withthe new Fireblade and Iceblade Guerilla SKINs while you’re at it?
_EVE Store - New Black Ops Pack _
The new Black Ops Pack is now available in the EVE Store! This amazing offering brings a huge discount on everything you need as a daring Black Ops battleships pilot including all of the awesome new Fireblade Guerilla SKINs. Like the other packs, this value is only available once per account. Included in the pack:
- 180 Days of Omega Time
- 2,860 PLEX
- 500,000 Skill Points 6 Months of Multiple Character Training
- Expert Cerebral Accelerator
- Panther Fireblade Guerilla SKIN
- Widow Fireblade Guerilla SKIN
- Redeemer Fireblade Guerilla SKIN
- Sin Fireblade Guerilla SKIN
- Marshal Fireblade Guerilla SKIN
- Men’s and Women’s Blood Raider ‘Outlaw’ Clothing
The Black Ops Pack is available for 230USD, bringing you massive savings over buying each item individually. It’s worth picking up for the Omega time, PLEX, and SP alone, but using this deal also nets you some of the best-looking SKINs and clothing on the market. Are you ready to make the jump?
NES - Iceblade Guerilla SKINs
You can also pick up the Iceblade Guerilla Black Ops SKINs in the in-game New Eden Store as a cool blue variant to the Fireblade Guerillas. These icy animated SKINs are available at just 390 PLEX each for the Panther, Widow, Redeemer, Sin, and Marshal. Want more than one ship SKIN? You can also get a great 20% discount on the Iceblade bundle in the New Eden Store.
Join the guerillas and demonstrate your power as you Enter the Portal.
CCP Dopamine [6/21/2021 7:30:00 PM]
Welcome your new CSM
The Noble Citizens of New Eden have spoken, and after tallying the votes, we are delighted to present you with the 16th Council of Stellar Management. We welcome all candidates and are looking forward to continuing our close collaboration with the community on another exciting year in EVE Online.
This year, we saw 38086 confirmed votes with the players from the following top 15 countries leading in the number of votes cast:
| Country | Votes | | ---------- | ---------- | | United States | 12638 | | United Kingdom | 3892 | | Germany | 3499 | | Russia | 2338 | | Canada | 1762 | | Spain | 1205 | | Australia | 1163 | | China | 902 | | Netherlands | 766 | | France | 669 | | Japan | 659 | | Sweden | 593 | | Austria | 572 | | Ukraine | 488 | | Denmark | 484 |
On another note, we love EVE Online, so it should not come as a surprise to anyone that the average logon time among all players who participate in the CSM elections is a little over 160 days. It is awesome to see such unwavering passion over the years from you <3
The next few weeks are going to be dedicated to onboarding of all CSM members. It is an important period where we will go over all the ground rules and ensure we are on the same page in terms of expectations from one another. Therefore, even if the new council is in immediate effect, please be reasonable with your requests and understand that it may take a few weeks before everyone is up to speed.
Fly safe o7
EVE Online Team [6/20/2021 2:00:00 PM]
Free SKINs with PLEX deals, but not for long!
Our Federation Day celebrations are coming to a close soon, with just 48 hours to go before these amazing deals for free Green Demon SKINs disappear from the Web Store.
Top up on PLEX before 11:00 UTC on 22 June and receive the following Green Demon SKINs for your hulls, for no extra charge!
- 1100 PLEX: Deimos SKIN
- 2860 PLEX: Ishtar SKIN
- 7340 PLEX: Megathron SKIN
- 15400 PLEX: Dominix SKIN
Visit the Web Store today and grab your free SKIN before time runs out.
EVE Online Team [6/18/2021 11:00:00 AM]
Triple team combat in the new Abyssal Proving Grounds
Steel yourselves, bold Pilots, battle lines are being drawn again in the Abyssal Proving Grounds as our three-way competition kicks off later this month, forming part of our wider Federation Day celebrations. Until 11:00 UTC on 22 June, you can engage in 2v2v2 combat between Gallente cruisers and Assault Frigates.
Eligible vessels for this epic clash are the Thorax, Vexor, Celestis, Enyo and Ishkur.
Make sure you have your Proving Filaments ready! These are collected from Abyssal Deadspace loot drops or bought from the in-game market. Rankings will be displayed on the Proving Grounds leaderboards, so make sure the cluster knows that you’re a pilot to be reckoned with - your reputation is on the line!
Prepare yourselves for combat, Capsuleers. The Abyssal Proving Grounds open on 18 June.
Round limitations: - Modules and implants limited to meta level 5 and below - No pirate implants - Each team must bring 1 Cruiser and 1 Assault Frigate
EVE Online Team [6/18/2021 9:30:00 AM]
Federation Day is Live– Join the festivities!
The Federation Day festivities are well underway meaning you still have time to grab rewards, tackle a spread of challenges, and even join in on the celebrations at the Gallente parades.
Themed around the Gallente annual holiday - Federation Day - Gallente Space has been packed with a host of themed events, offers and other activities – including Daily Login Bonuses, Abyssal Proving Grounds, 2v2v2 skirmishes, Mining Blitzes, deals and offers, new monuments, and famed parades. There’s even a special warp speed bonus for any pilots travelling through Gallente Space! Federation Day itself celebrates the people, history, and culture of the Gallente Federation, marking the founding of The Federated Union of Gallente Prime which took place in 1702AR (23121AD).
So don’t delay – log on now to secure SKINs, apparel, Skill Points, PLEX and Omega deals, and unforgettable time-limited gameplay experiences.
EVE Online Team [6/16/2021 8:30:00 PM]
Federation Day Propaganda Contest
As we celebrate Federation Day, the Gallente invite all freedom-loving citizens of New Eden to show their support for the only true democracy in the cluster! (And maybe win some cool prizes!)
SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT
To be in the running to win a prize, you must create a piece of propaganda designed to either:
- celebrate the ideals of the Gallente Federation
- denigrate the the enemies of the Federation - i.e. the Caldari, Amarr, Serpentis or Triglavians
- commemorate a significant event in Gallente history
- highlight a famous location in Gallente space or related to them
- recognize a notable Gallente citizen
Or something else not listed here - as long as it's bigging up the Gallente we want to see it!
Valid propaganda could take many different forms: memes, vintage propaganda posters, screenshots, GIFs, videos, songs - whatever you can imagine.
I LIKE WHAT YOU GOT
Submissions will be pored over by a crack team of CCP developers with impeccable taste and the chosen winners will receive the following:
- 1st place - Your choice of any Gallente ship model (Tristan, Talos or Hyperion) offered by our friends at Mixed Dimensions + a brand new set of apparel: the Federation Commander's Dress Jacket and Pants (men's and women's) + Kronos Caille Neon SKIN
- 2nd place - 1100 PLEX + the Federation Commander's Dress Jacket and Pants (men's and women's) + Ishtar Caille Neon SKIN
- 3rd place - 500 PLEX + the Federation Commander's Dress Jacket and Pants (men's and women's) + Hecate Caille Neon SKIN
All winners along with several honorable mentions will also receive a limited edition medal awarded by the Federal Government for their demonstration of respect to the Federation!
HOW TO ENTER (AND THE SMALL PRINT)
You enter simply by sharing you content with the community!
- Share it on Twitter with the #tweetfleet and #federationday hashtags, and/or...
- Share it as a comment on this post on the official EVE Online Facebook page
- Submissions on more than one platform will still only be counted as a single entry
- Multiple entries are permitted but each piece of propaganda should be submitted as a separate post
- If you entry is too big or an unsuitable format for sharing on Twitter or FB you can enter by including a publicly accessible Dropbox/Google Drive etc. link to your file in your tweet for FB comment instead
- The contest starts now and the cutoff for submissions is Sunday, 27 June at 11:00 UTC. Winners will be notified soon after!
All entries must abide by the EVE Online Terms of Service.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE
Join us this Sunday, 20 June at 16:00 UTC on CCP TV for a Federation Day livestream with Gallente-flavoured discussion and quizzes (including more chances at cool prizes!) before we head over to join the in-game celebrations in Luminaire at 18:00 UTC!
Best of luck, Capsuleers!
EVE Online Team [6/16/2021 5:30:00 PM]
Avatars, Agents & Aura
Avatars Communicate Identity
In New Eden, a player’s identity has value. Status, reputation, wealth, and power all spring from the identities that players form for themselves. The first and most visual representations of that identity are their three-dimensional avatar and character portrait.
Since the experience of playing EVE, though, takes place mostly in space, we naturally asked ourselves, “How can we offer ways for players to take better advantage of all the value represented by avatars in Eve’s flying-in-space game?”
A couple of avatar-based concepts have made their way into the game – such as CEO portraits on structures and but one element that many of the larger ideas shared was bringing characters to life with animation.
The Katia Sae Monument
Characters that move and talk demand extra layers of complexity: A subtle idle animation provides a foundation for intentional movement, on top of which lip-sync animations and facial expressions representing mood are layered.
For the greatest flexibility, animation systems in games are built around so-called state machines, which represent various behavioral states and how an animated entity may transition between them. Ships in EVE use a state machine which allows, for example, moving parts to shift as the ship goes into a warp state, then shift back as the ship lands on grid.
As it turns out, our existing animation and modeling middleware for flying-in-space had included a state machine system that was ideal for our needs but required explicit software changes to the EVE game client: new tools, animation, and software changes to permit loading, playing back, and triggering state changes for these machines.
How an animator sees a character’s state machine
Our first project with this system was to add a more interesting idle animation to the EVE character creator. Earlier changes to remove obsolete middleware had replaced a complex, varied idle with a long, looped animation that gave a similar impression while not including more dramatic behaviors like fidgeting, and we wished to restore some of the life and complexity that had been lost with that work.
The new state machine system allowed us to start with basic idle movement and breathing, and at intervals, trigger fidgeting behavior with hands, looking around, and other activity. We also used its capabilities to capture more interesting action in full-body view, and to move less when seen close-up, since a player sculpting their character will not wish to chase the character with their mouse.
What is he looking at?
A New Look for Aura
At the same time, we set out to develop a new look for Aura. Up to that point Aura had always been represented in-game through painted 2D images. Now, she was to take on corporeal form as a 3D avatar – augmenting her existing appearance while retaining her identity.
After reviewing various depictions and descriptions of her appearance throughout the years, we found that the one that resonated the most was Excena Foer's hologram depiction in the EVE Chronicles.
How Much Is That Agent In The Window?
Before the new Aura, EVE rendered 3D characters into windows in only a few places: The full-body preview window in a character’s ‘Show Info’ dialog box, the live portrait in the character sheet header, and previews for clothing in the NES and in-game market views. (These are technically distinct from the character creator and character customization screens, where the character appears in a full-screen view dedicated to the character scene.) Each of these windows are custom-constructed and use slightly varying techniques to set up the character and the scene they contain.
To make it easier to add characters wherever we liked elsewhere in the game, we needed a scene format that would contain all the building blocks for assembling each character in a scene —lights, a camera, an optional background, overall color correction, sound cues, and animation.
Creating the New Aura
Aura's state machine includes controls that provide certain randomized gestures, as well as specific controls to allow hand-animating her look, direction, and other key properties of her movement.
Aura’s state machine also includes controls over the face shapes that correspond to a number of common language sounds. While in the past, an animator would have had to adjust face shapes manually to match speech, in recent years off-the-shelf tools have become available that can help automate this process, cutting hours off the amount of work necessary per scene.
We worked through each of Aura’s recorded dialogue lines, using an automated tool to generate a first pass at her face shape animations from voice audio, making small tweaks, and layering that on top of body animation that we created using inputs to her state machine.
We first populated the tutorial with a generic close-up of Aura, lit neutrally, in an idle state, and as animation for each line became available, we modified the tutorial data to trigger it. When work had been completed for the entire tutorial, we had created custom scenes for over a hundred lines of dialogue.
Animating a scene in Jessica
Ironing Out the Details
Playing back Aura’s scenes in the tutorial in real time puts her in a much more dynamic environment than it would to render her animation to video.
Players can move windows around, skip lines of dialogue, minimize and maximize the tutorial window (once the Neocom is visible), and open other windows, such as EVE’s settings. Extensive testing and development were also required to attain the level of polish you see in the tutorial today.
Aura as she appears in the tutorial
Into the Future
Throughout this project, our focus has been on investing in a foundation that can, in the future, bring characters to all parts of the EVE experience.
Currently, Aura in the tutorial is presented much like a miniature in-game cinematic, but as we go further, state machine technology will allow us to create more persistent characters whose ongoing behavior changes depending on events that happen in-game.
This opens up many possibilities for the future, such as the ability to better see the face of your enemy, or to let them see yours.
Bringing Aura to life in the tutorial brings her closer to the ideal of a space companion, keeping new players company during their first hours of exploring New Eden.
EVE Online Team [6/15/2021 11:00:00 AM]
Federation Day Returns!
With the Gallente Federation’s national holiday right around the corner, a host of themed events, offers and other activities will be taking place across Gallente Space, running 11:00 UTC 15 June to 11:00 UTC 22 June.
The week-long, Federation Day celebrations will include Daily Login bonuses, the debut of new monuments, a themed Abyssal Proving Grounds, a Mining Blitz, daily events, and a special warp speed bonus for any pilots travelling through Gallente Space.
This year marks the 238th Federation Day, an annual celebration of the founding of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime- commonly known as the Federation – which took place in 1702AR (23121AD). That founding was brought about through the collaboration of the nations of the Gallente, Caldari, Intaki and Mannar homeworlds. Today, Federation Day celebrates the history, people, culture, and traditions of the Gallente civilizations.
You can get a sense of what Federation Day means to the Gallente people in this special address by President Celes Aguard:
But what does Federation Day mean for EVE’s players? Enough that they themselves hosted their own Federation Day events long before they were officially introduced in EVE Online. And when it comes to this year’s Federation Day, the official celebration means a chance for all kinds of themed activity and special rewards...
Daily Login Bonuses
Firstly, the daily login bonus will reward pilots that log into EVE for five of the seven days of the Federation Day celebrations, granting them gifts including apparel, special Expert Systems, SKINs, skill point bundles and ‘Four Freedoms’ firework bundles – more on those below. There will be Alpha and Omega reward tracks, with Omega players able to access both sets of rewards. Upgrade to Omega during Gallente Federation week, and you can access the Omega Daily Login rewards from all previous days of the celebration.
Federation Day Parades
The previous years’ lavish Federation Day parades will also return, with Skill Point rewards available for those that add to the atmosphere by launching fireworks over the procession. This replaces the standard way to gain Skill Points by killing NPCs throughout the Federation Day week. These parades will take place in the Luminaire, Villore, Dodixie, Lirsautton, Alentene, Orvolle, and Octanneve systems.
Federation Day Sales
Throughout the Federation Day event, a number of sales will be live, offering you great deals on PLEX and SKINs. There’s a 'Federation Day Special’ sale open in the EVE store from 15- 22 June, which gives away a free SKIN with the 1,100, 2,860, 7,340, and 15,400 PLEX packs.
Meanwhile, the New Eden Store will be offering a Federation Day SKIN sale from 15 - 22 June, giving pilots the chance to pick up all four Federation Day SKINS for 500 PLEX in the Federation Skin bundle. Visitors to the New Eden Store can also grab the same four Federation Day SKINs for free if they buy the 12-month subscription for 5,500 PLEX within those dates. The SKINs available for Federation Day are the Deimos Green Demons SKIN, Ishtar Green Demons SKIN, Megathron Green Demons SKIN, and Dominix Green Demons SKIN.
And there’s more! From 15 - 29 June, the Dos Rouvenor's Bequest SKIN will also make a time-limited return to the New Eden Store. In addition to the Nyx hull the that the SKIN was previously available for, Dos Rouvenor's Bequest can now also be used with the Hecate and Thanatos hulls.
The new monuments introduced include the Battle of Iyen-Oursta Monument, the Kabar Terraforming Installation (Mannar VIII), and the Reschard V Disaster Memorial. Be sure to visit them and experience some of the history and culture of the Gallente Federation.
In certain Gallente constellations, the Mining Blitz event will offer ways to unearth new Maulus, Argos, and Myrmidon SKINS over in the Federal Strategic Materiel corporation LP store. The Mining Blitzes will take place within the Marele (Everyshore), Goins (Solitude), Crux (Essence), excluding Couster, and Lolbrerie (Sinq Laison) constellations.
Abyssal Proving Grounds
Over in the Abyssal Proving Grounds, a special 2v2v2 event welcomes Gallente cruisers and Assault Frigates to do battle from 11:00 UTC 18 June, with teams limited to 1x Cruiser and 1x Assault Frigate. This specially balanced combat event promises to deliver a bounty of distinct and nail-biting action. The Thorax, Vexor, Celestis, Enyo, and Ishkur hulls are exclusively permitted to join the Proving Grounds battles.
Make sure to swing by Gallente Space throughout the Federation Day week, and celebrate with the Gallente people. It’s the perfect time to party while earning yourself a healthy spread of rewards, and taking advantage of the special Federation Day warp speed bonus.
So, what are you waiting for? Join the celebrations!