EVE Online Mac Client Now Available

By: Tom Kranz

Great news Apple fans. Your favorite Icelandic computer game company, CCP Games, released the Mac version of the Trinity client for EVE. The EVE Online Mac client has the same functionality as the Windows client, and provides a point and click interface to an online world set in space. Flying in the face of established methods of MMO scaling (splitting the player base across multiple different server instances) EVE has a single shared instance. When there are 30,000 players logged into the game, you can find and interact with each and every one.

If you've never heard of EVE, now's the time to get started! The client is available now (and EVE Online Mac has been available since November of 2007), making CCP one of the few companies to simultaneously release apps for Mac, Linux and Windows at the same time. The EVE client allows you to connect to the most successful science fiction massively multiplayer online game on the market. With over 5,000 solar systems to explore, all lavishly ginned up with space graphics from nebulas to planets to the obligatory star smashing battleships, frigates and destroyers, the EVE experience ties you to four factions carving a new civilization out of an intergalactic dark age.

EVE Online Mac allows you to pilot your ships, building up skills over time (with EVE's peculiar "skills increase over time, even if you're not logged in") skill building system. The concept of training skills may seem odd, especially if you have player other MMOs like World of Warcraft, where progression is level based and requires grinding to gain XP.

Within EVE, you perform a number of missions, like mining, hunting down pirates, and building things to build up your resource bases, and get better gear; there's more to do than just random carnage against randomly generated computer characters; most of the challenge of EVE comes from the way that security zones (how much law and order is maintained) vary from system to system throughout the galaxy. As the law quotient drops, the social dynamics change and the rewards (and risks) go up, with lots of EVE corporations coalescing into alliances and more to police their own areas of space. As a downloader of EVE Online Mac, you can take part in this very deep gaming experience, mining, building, patrolling and crushing your enemies as the universe burns around you.

Aimed at the older player, EVE's unique approach to skill training means that players don't need to spend as much time logged on as with other MMORPGs. With a free 14 day trial available, new players get the chance to try out the EVE Online Mac client and enter this vast and entertaining gaming universe.

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