Why pay for a subscription?
The Alpha clone, which is free to play, can do so much in EVE. Now with BS and T2 abilities.
An Alpha clone limits a player to having only one account, even if the other account is a subscription, making it imposable for a subscription player to use Alpha Clones at the same time.
Every other game online that I have ever played, that offers free play, also offers subscription. But the players that do pay with subscription get added boosts, bonuses, in game money and other benefits for subscribing.
In EVE, subscription players get nothing. No incentive to pay subscription.
Although it is claimed that skill training is faster when paying subscription. It is still the same training speed that it has always been, it is the Alpha Clone speed that is slower, not the other way round.
So why bother paying a subscription?
The player base in EVE has dropped to around 30,000. That is about 40,000 players leaving EVE. WHY?
With this idea of Alpha Clones and free play, the player base will mostly end up being free play.
Some years ago, the players in EVE, rebelled. This rebellion was broadcast on National TV news around the world, even in the UK. It was about the very thing that EVE is doing now. At that time the player base was over 70,000, all subscription. That was awesome fun then.
CCP said then that it was not heading towards an ingame purchase style of play. BUT it is clear now that, that was not true, it is an ingame purchase style of game.
This answer WHY the player base has dropped and will end up free play and in game purchase only.
Then after a few years it will end. No More EVE Online.