EVE Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMORPG) game that takes place approximately 20,000 years into the future.
You start out in EVE as a new pilot. You are free to choose your own destiny. You choose your race, and then your role. Space pirate, miner, trader, mercenary… you pick. No restrictions.
You can play solo, or join others in a corporation (think clan or alliance). There is only one world in EVE. So everyone is there… no picking what server you want to join, hoping to be with your friends. Just join the game, and start playing. There is also a new pilot FAQ to get you started.
The game is set in an unknown portion of space, spanning thousands of solar systems, many of which are settled. Players begin by creating an in-game character equipped with a basic spaceship ready to explore the world. As they get acquainted with life in EVE, players can trade goods between systems or conduct other money-making ventures such as mining asteroids, transporting goods as a courier or even cleaning up debris for recycling. Financial gains made through such activities can be used to upgrade the ship with weapons and equipment and also to develop the character by purchasing skill packs used for training him or her in various skills he will need to advance in the world of EVE.
When a player has mastered the basics of the game, aquired some money and equipment and advanced his or her character through basic skills, the possibilities become almost endless. Players who wish to explore peaceful paths may continue to upgrade their ships to bigger and better cargo vessels with high-end defenses, purchase advanced mining or research equipment and continue to develop their characters by specializing in their preferred skills. Others may elect to pursue a more dangerous path such as piracy, smuggling or bounty hunting.