EVE | PLEX and Omega Changes are Live

2022-05-22

On Tuesday May 17, the anticipated price changes for EVE Online went live with increases to both the price of PLEX and monthly subscriptions (Omega). These changes were first announced over a month ago, with the price for a direct-monthly subscription rising by $5, the first such change in the past 18 years.

The following table compares the old pricing for Omega with the new rates, effective today:

Old OmegaPer MonthTotalNew OmegaPer MonthTotal
1 Month$14.95$14.951 Month$19.99$19.99
2 Months$17.99$35.98
3 Months$12.95$38.853 Months$15.99$47.98
6 Months$11.95$71.706 Months$14.49$86.95
12 Months$10.95$131.4012 Months$12.49$149.90
24 Months$11.29$270.99
New Omega rates, effective May 17, 2022

CCP has introduced a new 2-month cycle option to bridge the gap between month-to-month and quarterly subscription renewals. PLEX has also seen new price tiers introduced at the entry, middle, and high tier price points.

The table below details and compares the new tiers and pricing for PLEX with the former schema:

Old PricingNew Pricing
50 PLEX$2.49
110 PLEX$4.99100 PLEX$4.99
240 PLEX$9.99250 PLEX$12.49
500 PLEX$19.99500 PLEX$24.99
1,100 PLEX$39.991,000 PLEX$44.99
1,500 PLEX$64.99
2,860 PLEX$99.993,000 PLEX$124.99
7,340 PLEX$249.996,000 PLEX$239.99
15,400 PLEX$499.9912,000 PLEX$419.99
20,000 PLEX$649.99
New PLEX prices, effective May 17, 2022

Ostensibly, these changes seem intended to increase revenue. They set a base fee increase across the board, and in theory drive more entry-level purchases by aligning PLEX packages with SKIN prices. In addition, CCP clearly hope to capture more of capsuleers’ spending by introducing a mid-line price point and adding a larger PLEX package at the high-end for whales (high-spend accounts).

On the topic of skins and novelty items, it is not uncommon to have skins priced at 60, 120, and 300 PLEX. These are odd amounts that always left players with a short defecit or a small surplus of PLEX that failed to align with novelty item pricing. This is intentional, and designed to drive more sales, however surpluses are often sold off or sit in wallets until one has more PLEX to make up the difference. Especially at the low-end.

By adding in a 50 PLEX tier at the bottom of the scale, and tweaking the number of PLEX at different price points, CCP may be able to realize more spend by incentivizing microtransactions (under $5). Similarly, adding a $65 tier helps to cut the spread between what used to be the $40 and $100 price points, which has widened to $45 and $125. This may capture the spend of middle-earner capsuleers who want to buy vanity items but aren’t prepared to spend another $125 on EVE that month.

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Comments

  • Guilford Australis

    I took the $150 I would have spent on a resub and spent it on a tattoo instead. Much better investment, and at least I have something to show for it.

    May 24, 2022 at 2:05 PM
    • HerpMcGurt Guilford Australis

      Plus you got something that you can look at everyday without the possibility of some nerd coming along and blowing it up when you undock.

      June 1, 2022 at 10:08 PM
  • Romulus Loches

    Simply raising the price isn’t what has led to me quitting, it’s just the straw that broke my back. If I had confidence in CCP and the direction Eve was going in, I’d have stayed.

    I’ve previous, though privately, talked about how I would pay more per month if it meant Eve would actually be developed in certain ways. The issue is that CCP hasn’t done any of that, they’ve actively harmed Eve, and now they say “trust us” and give us vague plans of the future that we need to pay for upfront.

    I can’t do that, so I quit. It’s not the money, it’s the price CCP wants us to pay.

    May 28, 2022 at 2:17 PM
    • Sunorc1776 Romulus Loches

      Eve stopped being fun for me about two years ago. I can’t continue to support a game company that only seems to deliver promises and more nurf’s to the game. I’m dropping my alt account today and only keeping my main account going until I can get certain assets sorted. Maybe in a couple more years CCP will get their heads pulled out of their collective arses.

      May 30, 2022 at 8:22 PM
      • HerpMcGurt Sunorc1776

        I eventually realized that the fun part, e.g. large scale PvP battles, was few and far between compared with the absolute drudgery and boredom which constitutes the vast majority of playtime in Eve. (For me, at least. I admit I never was really very good at the game.)

        June 1, 2022 at 10:09 PM
  • HerpMcGurt

    Eve is probably my worst cost-to-value investment in videogaming ever, in terms of both time and money, and that was before it cost $20 a month.

    June 1, 2022 at 8:16 PM