EVE Online prices are going up

The cost of doing business in EVE Online It is rising. CCP Games today announced that to support the game’s continued growth, the price of Omega and Plex subscriptions will increase in May.

“This adjustment reflects global trends affecting overall production costs and accounts for years of inflation, changing the 1-month subscription fee in dollars for the first time since 2004,” the CCP said. “These adjustments will impact other [non-US] coins.”

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Currently, one month Omega subscription, which offers access to EVE’s full lineup of ships, plus gameplay features, and unlimited skill training with dual training speed, retails for $14.95; three months is $38.85, six months is $71,710, and 12 months is $131.40. As of May 17, prices will change to:

  • One month – $19.99
  • Two months – $35.98
  • Three months – $47.98
  • Six months – $86.95
  • 12 months – $149.90
  • 24 months – $270.00

the price for Plex, an item that can be exchanged for EVE’s ISK currency or used to buy Omega game time, is being completely restructured. It can currently be purchased in bundles priced from $4.99 (110 Plex) to $499.99 (15,400 Plex); after adjustment, the pricing structure will be as follows:

  • 50 Plex – $2.49
  • 100 Plex – $4.99
  • 250 Plex – $12.49
  • 500 Plex – $24.99
  • 1,000 Plex – $44.99
  • 1,500 Plex – $64.99
  • 3,000 Plex – $124.99
  • 6,000 Plex – $239.99
  • 12,000 Plex – $419.99
  • 20,000 Plex – $649.99

It’s a pretty substantial price increase, but not entirely unreasonable if it’s the first such increase in nearly 20 years. However, reaction to the announcement was, to say the least, negative: responses on Twitter, Reddit and the EVE forums predict (and threaten) large-scale account cancellations and ticket refunds for Fanfest, which is returning in May after two years away; a couple invoked the “summer of rage“, a 2011 player protest over what was widely perceived as major mistakes by the CCP’s leadership.

One of the main points of complaint is that while CCP has said that Omega’s new subscription prices “include all upcoming content releases for the game”, and that the studio is “committed to bringing you the absolute best version of EVE and an attractive future for New Eden,” said nothing about what the future actually includes.

“The smart move would have been to announce for six months from now to give players time to see if new content comes out and if it’s worth paying the raise,” Pirate Aussie I wrote. “Alternatively, another smart move (although it’s probably not something the playerbase would really like them to do) would be to wait until after the Fanfest, allow players to digest what the CCP threw at them, gauge the reactions, and then make a decision. . , they did it, giving people 25 calendar days to consider it.”

A current member of the Council of Stellar Management, a player advocacy group “elected by players to advise and assist the CCP in the ongoing development of EVE Online”, said the group rejected the idea when it was informed a few weeks ago, to no avail. “It was clear this was happening no matter how hard we fought” redditor deltaxi65 I wrote.

Prior to the price increase, CCP is holding a weekend sale on one-month Omega subscriptions. The reaction to this, coming so close to the price increase announcement, is about what you would expect.

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