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Posted: May 6th 2009 3:19PM (Unverified) said

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Here's to another 6 glorious years of war, betrayal, destruction and piracy.

Posted: May 6th 2009 3:37PM Halldorr said

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I've just started the 21 day trial of this to check it out and wow it is very overwhelming to start. Sure is a big switch from how WoW is these days where everything is done for you. I can definitely see the intrigue to EVE though and the visuals out in space are simply amazing.

Posted: May 6th 2009 4:16PM TheJackman said

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300,000 active subscriptions is that a lot??!! Not sounds like a lot if you think how big the space in Eve really is they need a lot more to fill it so sign up all!!

Its not my bag of three however!

Posted: May 6th 2009 4:34PM Brendan Drain said

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300,000 subscribers is a nice feat. Only about 20,000 more to go and EVE will have more active subscribers than the country of Iceland has citizens.

Posted: May 6th 2009 4:47PM Miffy said

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Whats even more amazing is 200,000 of them are all ALTS.

Posted: May 7th 2009 6:09PM Dirame said

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Alts or not dude they are still active and that's saying something.
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Posted: May 6th 2009 6:00PM Gaugamela said

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Uau! Congratulations to EVE for breaking that milestone. I guess the last expansion helped them to achieve these numbers. It's even more impressive they achieved these numbers after 6 years of being launched.

Lets see if they will keep those numbers when Jumpgate, STO and SW:TOR and Black Prophecy get released.

Posted: May 6th 2009 11:52PM Brendan Drain said

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The previous times EVE has had serious competition (Earth & Beyond and Star Wars Galaxy), development stepped up their game and EVE wasn't harmed by them. In fact, when Earth & Beyond closed, EVE ended up getting a subscriber boost from their players. And Star Wars Galaxy drew a lot of people into the Sci-fi MMO market niche due to the star wars IP being very popular, which in turn led more people to EVE Online. Having a much higher player retention rate than the average MMO and a game experience that other MMOs simply do not offer, EVE did very well in that climate.

Generally, anything which leads more people into the sci-fi MMO market is a good thing for EVE. Black Prophecy and Star Trek Online look like some tough competition so it'll be interesting to see what happens. My prediction is that EVE will actually see a small but noticeable boost in subscribers about 2-4 months after the launch of STO, SW:TOR and BP. It'll be interesting to see what actually happens though, I'll be watching this closely.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 5:43AM Gaugamela said

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Ouch! It seems you thing Jumpgate will fail since you didn't mention them. :P
I am really rooting that EVE reachs the 500k mark. It's great to see a game with so many subs as EVE.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 7:41AM Brendan Drain said

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Don't read too much into it, I just forgot about JGE :)
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Posted: May 7th 2009 5:13AM (Unverified) said

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Errm so can anyone please explain to me why Massively keeps talking about this shitty game with 300k subscribers in every 3rd post? Its not like Gunbound for example has 3 times more subscribers liek this one...

oh wait

Posted: May 7th 2009 1:48PM Wgraves said

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Just cause you cant hack it doesn't make it shitty. I don't go to the WoW forums to troll, please use the same courtesy.
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Posted: May 7th 2009 6:15PM Dirame said

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I think the subscriber base increase will be more significant when ambulation is released which is a nice set-up since some of the sci-fi MMOs like JGE will be out this year and when that happens we'll really be able to see what Eve can do.

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