EVE Online has launched EVE Anywhere, a new feature that allows players to ditch the game's software client and play the sci-fi simulator from right within their favorite browsers.
Up until this week, only Omega subscribers - that is, the game's premium elite clone state which boosts skill training speed amongst other things - could play with EVE Anywhere, but it's now been rolled out to free-to-play subscribers, too.
"Starting today Alpha pilots can now take advantage of EVE Anywhere, the revolutionary cloud-based platform that puts New Eden directly in your browser of choice!" developer CCP Games explained in a blog post (thanks, VentureBeat).
"EVE Anywhere has been developed in close collaboration with our trusted partner Intel, and allows you to play EVE on the go through Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge - whether you’re on a PC or tablet.
"This partnership provides EVE pilots with access to high-capacity computing power - via the cloud - as and when it’s needed. Whether you’re fighting, mining, or building an industrial empire, EVE Anywhere can help you switch seamlessly between client and browser-based play."
This added flexibility doesn't come for free, however. If you're an Alpha player, you can unlock 24-hours' worth of EVE Anywhere in exchange for 30 PLEX, the in-game currency. That roughly works out to around $1.50 for 24-hours of browser access.
"The service will also be rolled out into more territories later on this year, as we work towards our ultimate goal of releasing EVE Anywhere… everywhere!" the team concluded.
No, that's not a joke, even though fans have jokingly called EVE Online a “spreadsheet simulator” for years because, well, a lot of the MMO involves looking at spreadsheets. In 2020, the game even got a spreadsheets-only mode, making it easier for you to keep track of massive space battles even when your computer can’t handle rendering all those ships.
With or without spreadsheets, EVE Online's million-dollar wars are the stuff of legend, even if they don't always live up to the billing.