Inferno, the 17th free expansion to EVE Online, sounds the clarion call to war. Inferno invites new players with a lower barrier to entry, empowers veterans with more control over their wars, and entices combatants of all types with advanced new weaponry. Inferno then wraps it all in upgraded graphics, creating a visually stunning experience unlike any other online game. Enter the fray… and set the universe on fire.
Inferno 1.0 Features - 22 May 2012:
Missiles and Launchers
There is no feeling like launching five kilotons of explosives from your ship, watching it travel the distance to its target, and witnessing the blinding impact that destroys your enemy. Inferno brings that feeling to a whole new level with Missiles and Launchers.
Missile enthusiasts can now join the other combatants and indulge in every wonderful visual moment leading to that final killing blow. Launchers are now visible for you to enjoy and your enemy to fear. Missiles now look, travel, and explode the way you expect: with immense impact and satisfying results.
You want a breathtaking, immersive universe to play in. Since its release, EVE Online has been on the cutting edge of technology, delivering the highest fidelity visuals in online gaming. Inferno honors that commitment, upgrading the appearance of a range of content, including most of the Amarr faction’s fleet. Now, with improved system requirements, even more players will be able to enjoy the breathtaking nebulae, shimmering wormholes, and majestic ships of EVE Online in all their glory.
War Declaration System
You wage wars spanning hundreds of conflicts and thousands of participants. Inferno improves your ability to manage these epic clashes with a timeline view showing the course of battle, and a new War Report that details your tactical achievements for all to see. Feeling bold? Set a “surrender amount” on the declaration of war and allow adversaries the option of keeping their ships intact, while feeling somewhat poorer.
More info: Changes to War Mechanics
Victory in combat is an accomplishment worth remembering. Kill Reports put those memories in a concise, in-game format that allows you to look back on your past battlefield achievements. A streamlined presentation lets you see all the important top-level information at a glance, and the interactive design provides clickable access to the deeper details of each triumphant moment in your history.
More info: Spaceship Murder Notifications
After you’ve cut your teeth in Factional Warfare or solo combat, it’s time to step into the shadows. Build a reputation together with your friends as the best mercenary crew in the universe. Have an axe to grind with someone? Now you can pick and choose the best group to deliver your revenge. The Mercenary Marketplace matches desire with ability, and reputation with wealth and fame. Become feared and adored among hundreds of thousands of players in one EVE Universe!
Factional Warfare is the PVP training ground for new players, where the hatred between the races of EVE fuels an Inferno. But conquering space at your enemies’ expense is just the beginning. Fight for your faction to earn loyalty points, then spend them to increase the value of those hard-won star systems, all in a new and more intuitive user interface.
More info: Factional Warfare Overhaul
EVE Online is a game driven by its players, allowing niches to be formed solely through the creativity of gamers. Our game designers embrace this and have now taken it further, with 16 new modules making the preparation phase of EVE even more dynamic. Every ship fit has a potential counter-fit.
Now more than ever, espionage, subterfuge, and knowledge are the tools that, coupled with skill, will lead to victory. Surprise your enemies and impress your allies with a surprise gambit at the right moment, or by predicting the opening of a manufacturing niche and cornering it before your competition knows what hit them.
Having a unique identity is critical when defining your presence in the largest persistent world in gaming, which is why we created the genre’s most advanced Character Creator. Inferno provides players with even more customization options, allowing you to create an avatar as unique as you are.
More info: More Skin Colour Options
You have hangars of ships at your disposal and wealth that spans the galaxy. Unified Inventory gives you convenient access to all of it. Searching for your favorite ship is now easier. Assessing your stockpiles, more convenient. Admiring the fruits of your labors, more rewarding.
More info: Unified Inventory
Gathering your team to fight the epic boss monster is a fun part of group play in online gaming. In EVE Online, that epic boss takes the form of a hostile fleet of cyborg ships that invades entire constellations of known space. Incursions are a popular part of gameplay, and Inferno enhances the experience, bringing the rewards in line with the challenge and risk of the encounter.
We’ve made notification of attacks and effects on your ship more prominent, so that you can better react to your enemy’s tactics. The Effects Bar shows what’s happening to your ship at any moment, and provides the dynamic information you need to react quickly.
More info: Ewareness for Debuff-alo Soldiers
Miners, industrialists, and merchants gain a market ripe for both frenzy and fortune in Inferno. Players old and new will have fresh opportunities to carve out their niche thanks to changes in resource availability and rewards from kills. Inferno makes playing the market more enticing for the veteran and more accessible for those just starting.
When you have a fleet of pirate ships bearing down on you, the last thing you want to be fighting is your user interface (UI). Over the past few expansions, several hundred upgrades have been made to improve and enhance the game UI for greater usability and player enjoyment.
Inferno 1.1 Features - 11 Jul 2012:
Rendering Visual Excellence
Respect for Minmatar ships on the battlefield now extends to the showroom. The new V3 shader updates introduced for the other three factions have now been bestowed upon the glorious Minmatar fleet.
Meanwhile, Caldari engineers, in pursuit of both military beauty and perfection, have revised the design of the hardpoints on Drake battlecruisers to provide more secure and integrated support for their deadly launchers.
All ships have received a firmware upgrade for their external remote cameras, allowing for continued focus on its target area even after the object being viewed is removed or destroyed. This universal change is in direct response to feedback from pilots wishing to spend a few more moments than currently allowed reveling in the returns of a killing blow.
Loyalty has its rewards, and the four militias have expanded the offerings of their Loyalty Point stores to include new male and female uniforms for their respective factions. Enlisted pilots will now be able to show off their affiliation and loyalty through exclusive Factional Warfare attire. New Eden tailors have also been commissioned to create several additional full uniforms – shirt, pants, and boots - which will be available for purchase through the NeX store.
Feature monitoring and community input have led to a range of updates and fixes to several major components of Inferno, including War Declaration, Unified Inventory, and Incursions. Additions have also been added to the existing Aurum system, allowing for direct purchase of the currency through Account Management. Senior Producer, Jon Lander expands on the details of these changes in his recent development video.
Inferno 1.2 Features - 28 Aug 2012:
Ever Evolving Visuals
With the empire factions completed, the art team has turned their brushes toward the Angel Cartel, focusing on bringing the textures and shaders in line with the recent detailed stylings of the empire faction ships.
The Rebalancing Initiative
As the universe expands and evolves, so should the existing elements of that universe. Attack frigates, moon minerals and mining barges receive minor updates to keep them in line with the technology and features of today’s EVE Online.
Intuitive Information Instructions
Easier to learn but still hard to master. We’ve devoted a team of devs to improving the new player experience in EVE Online so that fledgling pilots have better guidance, an improved interface and more information as they explore the complexities of the myriad options that the EVE universe has to offer.