Cosmetic upgrades for EVE include a new golden pod skin that applies permanently to one character, some new bloodline-based in-game clothing, and several collector's edition ships. Players will get a five-run blueprint copy of the tenth anniversary Gnosis battlecruiser and a re-skinned red Tash-Murkon Magnate, and pre-purchasers will get a bonus Nefnatar Thrasher. DUST 514 items include a set of permanant Amarr templar drop suits and weapons with the same stats as normal items but lower skill requirements.
As if that weren't enough goodies, the box will also come with a multi-use mystery code that will unlock bonus cosmetic items in future updates and new book called Into the Second Decade. Produced by former EON editor Richie Shoemaker and written as a collaboration between notable EVE players and press, the book describes EVE from the player perspective and will be a great way to explain to friends all the things that make EVE special. Due to the unanticipated and overwhelming demand for copies of the tenth anniversary symphony CD, CCP has also promised that the collector's edition won't be the only way to get your hands on one.
Whether you're a die-hard fan of internet spaceships or just a gawker on the sidelines, EVE Fanfest is the EVE Online event of the year (and the key source of new DUST 514 and World of Darkness scoops!). Follow Massively's Brendan Drain as he reports back on this year's Fanfest starpower, scheming, and spoilers from exotic Reykjavik, Iceland.