In a recent developer blog, Eve-Online announced that all players of the massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game will receive a special ship as a gift. The ship is called the Primae and has the ability to harvest minerals from planets.
The ship was first designed by ORE (a corporation which develops mining technology) as a salvage vessel, however after the latest expansion was released, the design of the ship was changed to allow the pilots to harvest minerals from planets. The ship's specifications have not yet been released though.
“The Primae is a repurposed ORE design intended to ease the task of extracting resources from planetbound environments. Initially devised as a deep space salvage vessel for large-scale ore retrieval from destroyed ORE fleets in pirate-occupied areas, its previous incarnation was made all but obsolete by the arrival of capsuleers on the interstellar scene. Realising that the ship could, with a few minor modifications, be made into an efficient resource harvesting aid, ORE wasted no time in revamping the design,” says the Eve Online developer blog.
EVE’s latest expansion, named Tyrannis, allows players to set up command centres on any planet in the universe. Once a command centre has been installed, players can then set up production routes and extractors. Players are either able to sell the extracted materials in their raw form, or they can use those materials to construct many other types of products.
“It is clear that Outer Ring Excavations [ORE] has been closely following the effects of the recent CONCORD decision to lift the universal ban on capsuleer involvement in planetary affairs, searching for opportunities to modify our business to complement the "immortal" pilots and their proven financial and industrial acumen. Further insight into the design process of the Primae project has become available, shedding light on ORE's brilliant business move,” continues the blog.
The Primae class ship could be the first hint that an entire new line of planetary interaction ships could be released in the next summer expansion.
The new ship will be delivered to players at the start of next week, and can be redeemed at any time before July the 13th.