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CCP Games, the world’s leading independent massively multiplayer game developer, today announced EVE Online: Odyssey, the 19th free expansion to the award-winning sci-fi MMO EVE Online® will be released on June 4th, 2013. In the tradition of the Apocrypha expansion, Odyssey greatly expands the opportunities for players to explore all corners of the massive EVE Universe and its 7,929 solar systems.

EVE Online: Odyssey will take the exploration of space to a whole new level with an entirely revamped scanning mechanic, a fresh and accessible user interface and enticing new rewards for finding and interacting with sites hidden among the stars. All of Odyssey’s exploration changes are designed to make space feel even more alive and they will make it easier and more compelling for pilots to forge their path through the mysterious and dangerous universe.

Universe-wide resource redistribution and ship rebalancing will shake up the entire EVE metagame across social, economic, military and political levels, leading to new types of conflicts, fresh strategies and shifting allegiances amongst EVE’s player alliances. EVE Online: Odyssey will also debut new ships, star base improvements, graphics updates and a few surprises to be unveiled in the future.

“Odyssey is an expression of our love for space and exploration,” said Andie Nordgren, Senior Producer, EVE Online. “It brings changes that will wake the wanderlust and taste for adventure in both new and veteran pilots.”

The launch of Odyssey comes as CCP celebrates EVE’s tenth consecutive year of player growth, having passed the 500,000 worldwide subscriber mark in March.

More features and information about EVE Online: Odyssey will be revealed in the coming months, including April’s EVE Fanfest, where CCP will reveal all upcoming EVE Universe plans and kick off a year-long “Second Decade” celebration in Reykjavik, Iceland. With tickets sold out for the first time, the renowned player festival will feature talks by forward-thinking scientists, a performance of EVE music the by Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and a chance to play the latest version, never seen publicly before, from CCP’s groundbreaking PS3 shooter DUST 514®. For those who can’t attend in person, CCP will stream live from the event for free in standard definition and in HD for a one-time payment.

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