EVE Echoes has been a long time coming, thanks to COVID, but we are finally nearing the official release. This title will exist as a mobile version of the mainline sandbox MMO, and we've known since July that the game would be officially launched on the Play Store on August 13th. Lo and behold EVE Echoes is available for download a day early, you simply won't be able to play until tomorrow (8/13) when the game's servers go live at 4:00 AM EST.

The trailer above illustrates that EVE Echoes ideally provides a similar experience compared to the desktop version of EVE, though this is still an original title that, of course, offers touch-based menus and play. Much like the mainline game, you'll immerse yourself in a sci-fi sandbox where you can explore 8000+ Star Systems in pursuit of things like combat, exploration, industry, and trade, which is how you'll earn money so you can purchase new equipment and ships.

Since EVE Echoes has only entered into a pre-load phase, you won't be able to play today. This is so fans can install the game's 2.21 GB of files in advance, though I have a sneaking suspicion more and more developers are choosing to offer pre-loads because it nets them tons of 5-star reviews before a game is even playable, ensuring a quality rating at release, which feels like an abuse of the system when such a tactic clearly favors the developer over consumers.

As you would expect, EVE Echoes is a free-to-play game, and so it sports in-app purchases that range up to $184.99 per item. Since the title isn't playable just yet, I can't dive into exactly what these purchases are for, so I'll have to dig into that tomorrow whenever I bump this post to announce the actual release.

More or less, if you're eager to get your hands on EVE Echoes, you can pre-load the game's 2.21 GB of files right now, you just won't be able to play until tomorrow morning at 4:00 AM EST. So if you'd like to pre-load in preparation for tomorrow, you can grab the install for EVE Echoes from the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.

As promised, EVE Echoes is officially available

Yesterday (8/12), CCP Games released its mobile sci-fi MMO EVE Echoes on the Play Store so people could pre-load the game's 2.21 GB download in preparation for today's launch. As promised, the servers went live early this morning, and so I've worked my way through the forced tutorial to get a quick look at the title's in-app purchases. They indeed range up to $184.99 per item, and primarily these purchases will net players in-game currency, which can then be used to purchase just about anything in the in-game shop. Technically this means the game is pay-to-win since players can spend money to gain an advantage over those playing for free, such as buying powerful ships much earlier than those that choose to grid for them. However, that P2W label ignores the fact that you still need to have a solid understanding of how to use the equipment you purchase, so a certain level of skill and a proper understanding of game mechanics is required, not that this will stop advanced players from griefing newbies.

You can easily spend a lot of cash on this game

Since I spent some time with the title this morning, I can confirm the entire thing is filled with menus, giving credence to the whole spreadsheets in space label levied against the PC version. These menus often take up the majority of your screen, resulting in a cluttered mess. Figuring out what all of these menus do will be time-consuming for new players, though there are many tutorials in the game, so at least the devs recognize that EVE Echoes' current setup is unusually convoluted.

When you boot up the game, you'll be greeted by a forced tutorial that teaches you the basics. It's long and boring, and I found it threw way too many things at the player to keep track, which left me feeling confused once I was out of the first tutorial. After digging a bit deeper, it seems the game wants you to repeat the process that the first tutorial taught you to start making your way through the title's seven advanced tutorials, which serve as chapters. This means you'll be spending your time grinding almost immediately, but I suppose that's a good way to get people used to the many systems they'll have to interact with. So yes, EVE Echoes offers an almost desktop-like experience on the small screen, with a deep game that people should easily be able to spend hundreds of hours playing. Whether this will appeal to you depends entirely on how much you enjoy digging into games to figure them out.

Tutorials for days, oh boy

All in all, EVE Echoes delivers on its promise to bring EVE Online to mobile, making this one of the few full-fledged MMOs on Android. While the learning curve is steep, the busy UI is off-putting, and the in-game shop allows for P2W, those that have the time or money to spare should be able to get a lot of playtime out of this game. So if you've been hankering for a deep MMO on mobile, and don't mind endlessly digging through menus while grinding content, EVE Echoes assuredly delivers a true MMO experience. So if you'd like to check the game out for yourself, you can grab the install from the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.

Press Release

EVE Echoes Launches on iOS and Android Today

NetEase Games and CCP Games announce the official launch of their eagerly awaited standalone EVE Online mobile sci-fi sandbox MMO EVE Echoes
GUANGHZHOU, China – August 13th, 2020: Global games developer NetEase Games and renowned studio CCP Games have successfully delivered what players love about EVE Online to mobile platforms. Today, after three years of close collaboration, their journey together culminates in the launch of EVE Echoes for iOS and Android. The game will launch in English, Russian, Chinese, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese, enabling new players and EVE enthusiasts all over the world to enjoy the hallmark game experience of EVE Echoes on their mobile devices.

EVE Echoes is a next-gen sandbox MMO game for mobile devices based on the award-winning sci-fi spacefaring MMORPG EVE Online. Featuring a vast persistent universe of over 8,000+ solar systems, players are free to choose their own path from countless options, experiencing space exploration, immense PvP and PvE battles, mining, trading, industry, and a sophisticated player economy in the multiplayer sandbox of New Eden.

The new launch video can be found here: https://youtu.be/X9VcYInR65Y

“I'm very excited to see what millions of mobile players will bring to the EVE universe,” says Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games. “I'm sure we'll see some new adventures, new social structures and new paradigms being formed, which will inspire us, just like EVE on PC has done, to take EVE Echoes, EVE Online and all the EVE games even further than we could have ever imagined.”

Wei Su, Senior producer of EVE Echoes at NetEase Games, adds: “Regardless of the outcome, it's the journey that matters. All our efforts are dedicated to bringing a sense of freedom, belonging, and excitement to our players.”

Going forward, NetEase Games and CCP Games will work on bringing even more content from the EVE universe to mobile. Players can look forward to features such as Sovereignty and larger ship hulls being brought to the game via continuous updates. As NetEase Games and CCP Games continue improving and enriching the game, they will look to EVE Echoes’ supportive community and fans for feedback, ideas and suggestions.

Further along in the future, players can expect to hear announcements about crossover events between EVE Echoes and EVE Online.

Forge your own legacy in a limitless universe! EVE Echoes is now available in Apple Store and Google Play: Sign up to create your sci-fi space.

For more information about the EVE Universe, please visit EVE Echoes’ Official Website, Facebook, Twitter and Discord.

EVE Echoes
EVE Echoes
Developer: NetEase Games
Price: Free+