Reykjavik, Iceland January 8, 2009- CCP, one of the worldâ€™s leading independent game developers, today announced the launch of the tenth free expansion for EVE Online, its popular science-fiction massively multi-player online game (MMOG). EVE Online: Apocrypha is the most ambitious EVE expansion in the game's over five year history and it coincides with the March 10th, 2009 release of EVE Online as a boxed product through a partnership with Atari. The fabric of space itself will be transformed as vast, unpredictable wormholes open to connect previously unexplored regions of the universe to the stars of New Eden. The seeds of advanced new technology await inside of these cosmic anomalies for those brave enough to explore them. This infusion of technology will enable production of the most dynamic vessels ever â€“ Tech 3 modular ships with an astounding amount of customizability that can fill any role from skirmish muscle to industrial support. Furthermore, NPC agents in EVE Online: Apocrypha will be authorized to assign Epic Mission Arcs to the pilots of New Eden. These branching, far-reaching mission strings are full of meaningful stories and more intelligent and deadly adversaries. In addition, we are offering an entirely reworked New Player Experience for those joining (or rejoining) the game â€“ giving them better insight into how to thrive in a truly limitless universe. Weâ€™ve already launched EVElopediaâ€”a great repository for information on all things EVE where our players are also building their own living history of the previous five years of Alliance warfare, political intrigue and nostalgic recollection â€œJust this past week we broke our concurrent user record with 45,186 people flying unbound in the same game world at the same timeâ€”a huge percentage of our quarter of a million current subscribers and a true testament to EVE in our sixth year of operation,â€ said EVE Online Senior Producer Torfi Frans Olafsson. â€œToday is an unprecedented time to start playing, as you can get ahead of the curve before Apocrypha releases in stores and our hard work hits the server cluster. Itâ€™ll be easier than ever to get â€˜lost in the wormholeâ€™ that is EVE with what we have planned for the future of our expanding universe.â€ Leading up to the release of EVE Online: Apocrypha and the boxed version of EVE Online in stores, weâ€™ll be revealing more features on EVE Online - a massive multiplayer online roleplaying space game - MMORPG. Availability: EVE Online: Apocrypha will be available at retail stores across the galaxy in March this year and as a free download at EVE Online | Download for existing subscribers. A new Premium graphics client for Mac will also be included in the retail box. Visit the EVE website now to sign up for a free 14-day trial account or to reactivate your account to get ahead of the curve. About EVE Online Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE Online is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger and glory. With nearly a quarter of a million subscribers worldwide inhabiting the same virtual universe, EVE features a vast player-run economy where your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific needs, skills and ambitions. EVE offers professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander or any combination of these and much more. From brokering business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at EVE Online - a massive multiplayer online roleplaying space game - MMORPG. Definition of Subscribers EVE Online subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active electronic time code (ETC) to play EVE Online, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions and expired ETCs. About CCP CCP is widely recognized as an industry-leading pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture as the developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). Utilizing a cross-discipline approach combining cutting-edge technology and artistic excellence, CCP is dedicated to providing vibrant, compelling products that transcend the boundaries of conventional MMOGs and facilitate social networking through virtual worlds. Privately held and founded in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1997, CCP's international reach now spans the globe with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai as well as a base of operations in London. More information about CCP is available at the company's website, CCP - MMORPG Developer & Publisher.