Posts Tagged ‘CCP’

Spaceship Diplomacy: Spies And Information In EVE Online

In this, the last of our reports from EVE Fanfest 2014, Rich Stanton sits down with one of the MMOs’ enigmatic space diplomats.

One of the most curious aspects of EVE Online is that the more influential the player, the less time they spend in the game. Or claim to, at least – The Mittani positively exults in how rarely he logs in. I still haven’t worked out if this is due to using alts (high-profile ‘mains’ are doubtless targeted by all sorts), a perverse point of pride, or simply a side-effect of devoting so much time to communication outwith the EVE client. The last is an inevitable side-effect of a game where ‘diplomat’ is a valid career path, so I decided to speak with one – and along the way, bumped into PvP specialist from “the gayest corp in EVE.” Only in New Eden.

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Forging Frontiers: EVE’s Future

If there was a subtext to the announcement that development on CCP’s World of Darkness was being stopped, it is surely that CCP has learned what it is good at – and that may not include vampires. “That was a big part of the keynote this year,” says CCP’s Torfil Oloffson. “And [CEO] Hilmar [Petursson] has said this a few times: CCP is now an EVE company. We will make other games and other products of course, but they will be set in the EVE universe.”

New Eden is a big place, of course. But just how big?

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Big Trouble In EVE China

One of EVE Online‘s most important features is that everything takes place on a single UK-based server called Tranquility. Cool story bro, but the only problem is that’s not quite true. The Chinese version of EVE Online has its own server, Serenity, operated by the publisher Tiancity – and it has just as much, if not more, capacity for the enormous player-driven events EVE is known for. Barely two months after all those headlines about B-R5 being ‘the biggest / most expensive videogame battle ever,’ a 23-hour war in EVE China made that look like a dry run. It was given a simple name: the slaughterhouse.

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EVE Fanfest 2014 – The RPS Report

I’m standing outside the Brick bar in Reykjavik, Iceland. After 2 days of hardcore talks, announcements, and chatter about spaceships, the EVE Fanfest pub crawl has begun. Each team is numbered and has a physical flag. I hear a whoop and turn to see a guy wearing a Guristas top – a pirate faction – run with a stolen flag, the previous owners hot on his heels. He stumbles and falls headfirst with a sickening crack, and his pursuers pile on top. No-one is helping. It’s not a brawl so much as a brawn-off, but suddenly everyone’s involved and at the end I see our pirate get up with a face so bloodied I instinctively recoil. Nobody’s even had that much to drink. EVE is real.

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Unrepresentative Space Battles: EVE’s Fanfest 2014 Trailer

Pew pew

EVE Online rewards a strong imagination, spinning daring operations, epic wars, and great empires out of spreadsheets, virtual land deeds, and battles slowed to 10% of real-time to save server resources. To stoke these dreams, each year at the EVE Fanfest CCP show a cinematic trailer with a vision of things to come. They’re pretty, exciting, and nothing like EVE will ever be.

This year’s trailer brings the three EVE games together into one giant battle, with intergalactic scheming and capital ships from EVE Online, the dogfighting of EVE: Valkyrie, and shooty soldier action from Project: Legion. Watching several minutes of spaceships is certainly pleasant, but no, nothing like the game. Though it does hint at a potential big change coming: player-built stargates.

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A New Frontier: EVE Online Doing Away With Expansions

Is it possible to announce that you’re done with expansions while simultaneously announcing 10 new expansions? Is that allowed? I’m asking for a friend. That friend is CCP, and– oh they just went ahead and did it anyway. So right then: EVE Online will no longer be expanded in the traditional fashion – the one handed down to us by our forefathers, and to them by Vikings or aliens or something – but will instead receive ten annual updates. The first is called Kronos, and it’s launching this June.

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First Look – EVE: Project Legion

Rich Stanton is in Iceland attending EVE Fanfest, CCP’s celebration of internet spaceships and those who love them. He was there when the company revealed Project Legion, and he tracked down CCP staff to get details of the new sandbox shooter set in the EVE universe.

Finally. Among CCP’s odd decisions over the years, surely one of the strangest was in making Dust-514 a Playstation 3 exclusive – and compounding this by releasing it at the end of the console’s lifecycle. One could speculate that this was all down to a giant cheque from Mr Sony, but at Eve Fanfest’s Dust-514 keynote the inevitable was announced. EVE’s Project Legion, a free-to-play PC shooter, aims to make Dust-514 look like a dry run.

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Adam And EVE IT: Sandbox FPS Project Legion Announced

Your home away from the battlefield

The shaky alliances, trust, and backstabbing ideals of EVE Online would make a fascinating grounding for a first-person shooter, and by Jove, CCP certainly think so too. Today at their annual EVE Fanfest in Iceland the developers announced they’re working on such a thing for PC. No, not a port of the PlayStation 3 free-to-play FPS Dust 514, a proper new sandbox shooter for PC with more EVE-y ideals.

Like EVE, it’ll have PvE and PvP but sometimes mix the two as former friends turn on each other swipe their share of the loot. These are still early days for Legion, though; it’s a work-in-progress concept rather than a set-in-stone game with a firm release plan.

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Hemorrhage: World Of Darkness Screens And Details Leak

'Press E to Seduce' indeed

As sorry as I was to hear this month that CCP has cancelled its World of Darkness MMO, when a developer says that a game just isn’t working out, I tend to believe them. Testers have started to leak little bits of World of Darkness, several sets of screenshots and a supposed playtest manual, and, well, it does look ropey.

The playtest manual is from March so, assuming it’s real, the decision to cancel really was recent. It was clearly still early days for the game, incomplete and bugged, but many of its ideas seem settled.

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EVE Diary Part Three: Oui Together

Rich Stanton has been playing player-driven space MMO Eve Online – read parts one and two here. In this third and final part, Rich joins a corporation and goes to war.

In Stendhal’s The Charterhouse of Parma an idealistic young Italian called Fabrice del Dongo runs off to join Napoleon’s army, and ends up at the Battle of Waterloo. He gets bonked on the head, sees soldiers running around, shoots a retreating opponent, and gets stabbed in the leg by one of his own side. The whole thing’s a mess, Fabrice has no idea what’s going on, and he returns to Parma broke and dejected, wondering if he really was at Waterloo. By the end of the novel he’s an old man, and spoken of with reverence as one of Napoleon’s key captains.

Reader – when Brave liberated the HED-GP system, I was one of their key captains.

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