Following the successful EVE Online fanfest held a few days ago in Reykjavik, Iceland, CCP has decided to release the ninth free expansion for the highly popular EVE Online game. Entitled Quantum Rise, the free expansion offers the MMO’s fans the chance to take part in impressive 1000 player battles, as well as other smaller things.

The most notable things improved with the Quantum Rise expansion are listed below, but you can check the full feature list here:

– More upgrades to our hardware and software structures as a further implementation of the EVE64 and StacklessIO initiatives
– Certificates provide benchmarks for the skill system, goals for new players, help during corporation recruiting and bragging rights
– A new medal system allows corporations to build and bestow their own custom rewards for whatever achievements they can imagine-anywhere from participation in a major fleet battle to a milestone in corporate allegiance
– UI changes include a moveable HUD, module recharge timers and weapon grouping
– In-game Subscription Services allow players to convert 60-day EVE Time Codes (ETCs) into two 30-day items in game. They can be traded freely through all regular means (via market or contract or directly between players) and can be activated at any time
– The new industrial capital ship, the Orca
– Autopilot avoidance and new routes to bring safer, faster travel in New Eden