CCP has announced a 14th expansion for EVE Online called Incursion. It's due out in November.

The expansion highlights the reason EVE stands apart from other MMOs; most of the expansion's content is a result of discussions between the Council of Stellar Management - the elected community representatives - and developer CCP.

Therefore, Incursion brings about things that matter to you, such as improvements to server hardware so that fleet battles can finally live up to their name and allow hundreds of players to zap it out in space. Plus, character creation will be beefed up, NPCs made cleverer, the game's graphics tweaked and a "more dynamic and simplified" Planetary Interaction system implemented.

There's also a bit of a story to follow: Sansha's Nation is trying to establish a utopia and toasting anyone that gets in its way. Help defeat those incursions as part of public fleets and you'll be rewarded well.

Incursion will also bring about changes to the EVE online portal EVEGate. Among the additions will be new forums to help stress the importance of strong organisation within the game.

"Incursion marks a point where our PVE experience moves towards the co-operative roots of EVE and the largest introduction of our Carbon Technology platform to date. Never before have so many players and developers contributed to EVE's living universe," trumpeted producer Arnar Gylfason.

Apparently these "Casualty" and "Butterfly Effect" videos best illustrate the "meaningful relationships" EVE players have with each other.

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