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EVE Online's Empyrean Age Expansion Discussed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

MMORPG.com has published a new interview with CCP Games' Matt Woodward. The designer discussed the recently announced Empyrean Age expansion for the sci-fi MMO, EVE Online. The expansion will focus on factional warfare and is intended to introduce PvP action to those who normally avoid it.

“Empyrian Age is the first expansion that we’ve really been building the story into things,” said Woodward. “We’ve got [an author] who has written us a novel of the same name and it’s about four big empires who exist in a kind of uneasy peace for some time. It all comes to a head and it all starts. The whole cluster is extreme and everything is kicking off, so the expansion ties into this.” They are also planning to have news and information come out in-game to prep players for the expansion’s release.
When the expansion does indeed kick off, players will be able to sign up for one side or the other. From there, they start to run missions and complete tasks for their empire, gaining more and more standing with them.
You can sign up individually,” Woodward said, “or you can sign up with your corporation. This, of course, will put you at war with the other factions. You‘re going to be fighting them in space, and you‘re going to be fighting them for glory.”
While there will be war-specific missions available, players who tend toward a style that doesn’t see them collecting missions will still have plenty to do as you can fly around and attack enemy installations and the like.
The system will keep track of what has happened and systems will change hands based on the success or failure of the players.
The goal with this expansion, Woodward tells us, is to try to bridge the gap between players who play in safe space, generally running missions and the like and the players who are actively engaging in the game’s PvP. The distance between those two play styles is what Woodward called a “big step” that is often intimidating.
Read the full interview at the site linked below.

MMORPG.com: Empyrean Age Expansion Interview
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