CCP celebrates EVE's 10th anniversary with a special physical edition.
Several years ago, CCP was forced to switch to a download-only approach when their publisher closed down. Undeterred, the Icelandic developer forged ahead independently, with player numbers continually growing despite the lack of retail boxes.
That changed today, with the announcement of EVE Online Collector's Edition. In front of legions of fans at the Harpa in Reykjavik and thousands watching at home, CCP Chief Marketing Officer David Reid described both the physical and virtual items that fans can look forward to when the edition goes on sale in October this year.
The flagship of the Collector's Edition is an Minmatar Rifter scale model. Doubling up as a USB hub with ports housed in the ship engines, areas of the craft will light up in response to data traffic. A copy of the EVE Online Symphony performance on CD is also included, providing a superb reminder of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra's recent performance at Harpa in Reykjavik. I'm told that CCP are working on other ways to obtain this music following the outpouring of praise from fans.
In order to accurately document the ten year history of EVE's development, evolving lore and significant events, CCP have commissioned Richie ‘Zapatero’ Shoemaker, former Editor of EON Magazine to produce a deep compendium as part of the Collector's Edition. Into the Second Decade will be in hardback, containing 192 full-color pages on every subject. Besides being an excellent reference, I'm told that the compendium will also be an ideal way to introduce EVE Online to new players.
Acknowledging CCP's origins, the Collector's Edition will also contain a new edition of Danger Game in English for the first time, known in Icelandic as Hættuspil. The original edition was created over a decade ago in order to fund EVE's development, selling over 10 thousand copies (one in every seven households in Iceland). The new edition is completely revamped, featuring CCP employees in the artwork.
Alongside the physical items are a number of digital ships, weapons and dropsuits for use with both EVE Online and Dust 514. The full details of these in-game items is listed below, with a couple of bonuses thrown in for pre-purchasing.
Pre-purchase Digital items:
- RARE EVE DESTROYER AND PERMANENT DUST 514 DROP UPLINK
EVE Online Digital items:
- “THE GOLDEN POD”, RADIATE LUXURY DURING YOUR SHIP-LESS EXCURSIONS IN THIS POLISHED GOLD MAKEOVER OF THE ICONIC CAPSULE
- GNOSIS BATTLE CRUISER BLUEPRINT, A FIVE-RUN BLUEPRINT COPY OF THE IMPRESSIVE 10TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT SHIP.
- “TIME CAPSULE”, IN-GAME COLLECTIBLES CELEBRATING LORE, MEMES AND MEMORABLE MOMENTS
- “TASH-MURKON MAGNATE”, THE POPULAR AMARR EXPLORATION FRIGATE WITH A STRIKING NEW SKIN
- A SELECTION OF EXCLUSIVE MALE AND FEMALE CLOTHING ITEMS AND ACCESSORIES TO DRESS YOUR PILOT IN STYLEDust 514 Online Digital Items:BLIND YOUR ENEMIES WITH THE REFLECTION OF THEIR DEFEAT IN YOUR SHINING AMARR DROPSUIT WHILE UNLEASHING A TORRENT OF PAIN FROM YOUR NEW ARSENAL OF WEAPONS. THESE EVE: THE SECOND DECADE COLLECTOR'S EDITION ITEMS ARE PERMANENT GEAR, REQUIRING NO RESTOCKING OR REPLACEMENT.
- AMARR "TEMPLAR" ASSAULT DROPSUIT
- AMARR "TEMPLAR" LOGISTICS DROPSUIT
- AMARR "TEMPLAR" HEAVY DROPSUIT
- AMARR SCRAMBLER PISTOL
- AMARR SCRAMBLER ASSAULT RIFLE
- AMARR LASER RIFLE
As a final bonus, CCP are including something extra into every Collector's Edition. The Mystery Code will have multiple uses, unlocking additional bonuses in existing and future games from CCP. In this way, the Collector's Edition will hopefully continue to provide rewards throughout EVE's second decade.
The EVE Online Collector's Edition is due to go on sale in October 2013, priced at $149.99. Eager fans can pre-purchase a copy direct from the EVE Store from today. Additionally it was announced Dust 514 will release May 14.
Gareth "Gazimoff" Harmer, Senior Contributing Editor
Additional reporting by Chris Rainey