CCP Games’ latest expansion for EVE Online, Havoc, is off to a flying start following its release earlier this month. The developer has today announced that concurrent player numbers are up by an impressive 30% since its previous expansion, Uprising, as players flock to servers and either try their hand at piracy or seek to thwart those who ally themselves with the nefarious new faction.
The swelling player numbers will surely have been celebrated by CCP, but they won’t necessarily have come as a surprise. During Fanfest 23, I spoke with CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, who when asked about the game’s current population told me: “I think our monthly active user base across all formats is about a million,” stating later his firm belief that “EVE is not going out of fashion.” It sounds like he was spot on.
EVE Online Havoc Expansion Added a Much-Requested Pirate Fantasy Arc
First announced during EVE Fanfest 23 earlier this year, Havoc has introduced a new space pirate-themed storyline set in a freshly unveiled star system named Zarzakh. Players are invited to join pirate factions and influence the game’s universe by spreading corruption or opposing it to protect empires. This expansion also features a significant overhaul of Corporation Projects, offering enhanced management tools and new project types for deeper corporate gameplay.
A highlight of Havoc is the introduction of new ships, including the long-awaited Angel Titan, which is the game’s most powerful ship ever and one that fans waited six long years for. Also, two factional Destroyers and two Battlecruisers. The expansion emphasizes player choice and impact, challenging players to shape the game’s universe through their decisions.
Additionally, Havoc brings technical improvements with the introduction of the Carbon Engine, promising enhanced graphics and performance for EVE Online. This expansion represents a significant step in enriching the game’s content and player experience.
Following its big launch, CCP has now issued a free patch for EVE Online that includes several noteworthy features, such as lifting restrictions on EverMark trading, and reinstating players’ in-game transaction freedoms. It also introduces dynamic, in-game music that adapts to the evolving narratives of corruption and suppression, along with quality-of-life improvements for Corporation Projects, among other enhancements.