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New release of EVE Online will be a relief for rookies

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Space MMO EVE Online (opens in new tab) can be a cruel place for a new player. After you've created your moody space rogue, complete with thousand yard stare and expression of reserved determination, it's hard to know what to do and easy to jump into un-policed 0.0 space and get blasted by a wandering pirate. The new retail release of EVE, called the Commissioned Officer Edition, hopes to fix that. It's created especially for players who are completely new to the game.

As reported on VG247 (opens in new tab) , the Commissioned Officer Edition (opens in new tab) comes with a 30 day subscription and a Cerebral Accelerator Implant. Sadly, this isn't some form of nano-technology you can insert directly into your brain, unlocking the secrets of EVE's vast, player-ruled universe in a few minutes. You use it to buff your character instead, granting him a significant boost to all of his skills for the first 30 days of play. The new edition will also come with a massive poster full of tips on how to survive your first month in the cosmic wilderness.

The COE will only be available as a physical, boxed copy, and is scheduled to hit stores in the US on October 19th, with a European release to follow soon after. All this comes just ahead of EVE's huge Incursion (opens in new tab) update, which arrives in November.

Tom Senior
Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.