Eve Online surpasses 500,000 subscribers

Eve Online surpasses 500,000 subscribers
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

February 28th 2013 at 12:08PM

Developer CCP claims ten years of consecutive growth for its flagship MMO

CCP’s space-faring MMO Eve Online has surpassed 500,000 subscribers.

The impressive milestone means that the title has experienced ten consecutive years of growth.

This follows the announcement in December that Eve Online had accrued 450,000 subscribers worldwide, meaning a rise of 50,000 users in just under three months.

As well as hitting more than 500,000 subscribers, CCP recently re-released the MMO in China in partnership with Tinacity, and claims the title has “been thriving ever since” in the country.

The news also follows the start of the open beta for free-to-play shooter Dust 514 on PS3, which will share the same universe as its flagship title Eve Online, with actions in one game affecting the other.

“Ten years after release, it is incredibly inspiring that, through a lot of hard work from our Eve Online team, we are crossing the half-million subscriber mark,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson.

“For me, this is a true testament that Eve can live on forever, as long as we do right by her. We have not come to this point alone; millions of players have helped push us to this milestone. I now know in my mind what I previously only believed in my heart: that Eve will outlive us all.”

CCP has also announced that it will be commemorating the tenth anniversary of Eve Online, which officially takes place on May 6th, throughout the year under the theme of “Second Decade”. Celebrations are set to kick off in April at Eve Fanfest.