As promised, CCP Games on Tuesday released a Macintosh version of EVE Online, its Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) set in outer space.
A free 14-day trial
is available for download with no credit card required; EVE Online costs $14.95 per month to play thereafter (the first month costs $19.95).
The release of EVE Online is the culmination of
a flurry of recent activity
beginning with CCP Games’
fourth annual Fanfest
in Reykjavik, Iceland. The
thousands of EVE Online players from around the world for several days of conferences, gameplay and other related events specific to EVE. It was at that Fanfest that Hilmar Pétersson of CCP Games and Vikas Gupta of TransGaming Technologies
that the Mac client of EVE Online would be released on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
EVE Online is superficially a space trading, exploration and combat game in which players pilot spacecraft and travel from solar system to solar system. But the single, persistent online universe that all players share and the player-run economy add some twists to EVE to make it a very deep and somewhat daunting experience for new players, even those with experience in other MMOGs. To ease the transition, Macworld has developed
to help new players get started, complete with links to new player resource guides online that may prove to be helpful.
EVE Online has already been playable on Intel Macs outfitted with Boot Camp and a copy of Windows, but CCP Games has allied itself with TransGaming to bring EVE to the Macintosh natively. EVE was converted to the Intel Mac using Cider, the same TransGaming-made technology that’s led to almost a dozen other Macintosh game releases in 2007, including six titles from Electronic Arts (EA), GameTap Lite, the forthcoming GameTap Deluxe, Heroes of Might and Magic V, X3: Reunion and Myst Online: Uru Live. CCP and TransGaming have also collaborated to wrap EVE Online using TransGaming’s Cedega technology to bring the game to Linux users.
Minimum Mac system requirements for EVE Online call for an Intel-based Mac running at 1.8GHz or faster, Mac OS X v10.4.9, ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT or better 3D graphics with at least 128MB VRAM, 1GB RAM, 6GB hard disk space and 56K or better Internet connection.