Posts Tagged ‘CCP’

The VR believers and doubters at EVE Fanfest

It wasn’t hard to find the VR doubters at EVE Fanfest. One high profile EVE Online player told me he had no interest in CCP’s VR games but would “rather they have new teams working on VR than moving people from EVE to something like World of Darkness, which was left in the corner like a rotten apple.”

Another said he was “glad that the VR side of the business will be there to support EVE Online financially.” For a while at least, I figure it’ll be the other way around. It might seem strange to see a free-to-play MMO as the financial foundation that a studio relies on, but then CCP are a strange company and to some people their dedication to VR might seem like their strangest move yet. I spoke to VR Brand Director Ryan Geddes and CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson to find out what the future might hold, and why they believe VR is an important part of that future.

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CCP’s Sparc is a smart Tron-like virtual sport

The EVE Fanfest a couple of weeks ago was, as the name suggests, dominated by EVE Online, but developers CCP have other eggs in other baskets. EVE Valkyrie, the dogfighting multiplayer space shooter, is the company’s flagship VR title, and though I’ve only played it at events rather than at home, it might well be my favourite goggle-game. It’s not the only egg in that particular basket though, and the virtual sport Sparc [official site], with its full body dodging and blocking, is even more impressive in its use of the hardware.

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Searching for the truth of a fake world at EVE Fanfest

“When I’m here, [my real self] is at home. I’m my character. But right now, I’m not my character, because my character hates that guy’s character. He fucked up my life in the game. But Alex [the person behind the character] is lovely, he’s always been good to me. So if I introduce you to him, don’t be a dick, because that’ll be on me then.”

I’m about to meet The Mittani. Or Alex. Maybe both. He’s a very small part of this story, but an important one.

“Do you play EVE?” He asks me, after establishing my credentials and showing a high-level of knowledge about RPS coverage of EVE in the past. When I admit that I don’t, he has an immediate response: “Then we have something in common. I don’t play EVE either.”

It’s the final day of Fanfest and even though I don’t have an EVE Online character, and whatever my reply to The Mittani might have been, I feel like I’ve been playing the game for a week now. Read the rest of this entry »

EVE Valkyrie Groundrush update hits the floor April 11th

Out at the EVE fanfest, where I’m out talking to the movers, shakers and griefers of EVE Online, CCP have just announced an update that takes the VR multiplayer dogfighting sim from the wide open spaces of…space…to ground-based scenarios. Going by the title Groundrush, it launches April 11th with one new map, Solitude, which I’ve spent some time with today. Solitude is set around a series of structures in a snowy canyon-type environment. There are other changes too, including “weirder and wilder” temporary game modes, as originally introduced in the Wormholes update, and expanded co-op to include the Control and Carrier Assault modes.

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EVE Online devs announce Tron-y futuresport Sparc

Taking a break from their usual obsessions of spaceships and zapbeams, EVE Online developers CCP have announced a full-body virtual reality futuresport. Sparc [official site] looks a bit like Tron’s murderfrisbee or two-ball Pong, plopping two players in a corridor to fling deathdiscs with one hand and shield with the other while moving their body to dodge discs. CCO say Sparc is their first game outside the EVE universe but it still looks all futuristic and cyber-y to me. Here, watch the announcement trailer, which CCP seem to have accidentally cut into a cologne commercial: Read the rest of this entry »

EVE: Valkyrie rockets onto Vive goggles

EVE: Valkyrie [official site], the cybergoggle spin-off from CCP’s spaceship MMO, has warped into another pair of goggs. Having debuted on Oculus Rift back in March then hitting PlayStation V VR in September, it’s now on HTC Vive headwear for your Starbuckin’ satisfaction too. Valkyrie, I’ll explain in case you missed all the boxfaces yelling, is a first-person spaceship dogfighting game. Along with singleplayer, it has co-op missions and competitive multiplayer. And Katee ‘Starbuck off that there television’ Sackhoff as your spaceboss. Read the rest of this entry »

Open skies: EVE Online launches new free accounts

Intrigue generator/space MMO EVE Online [official site] now has a way to play forever without paying a penny. It’s sort of a permanent free trial, as non-paying players are limited to certain skills and ships – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have nothing to do or can’t dabble in the PvP shenanigans. The ‘Ascension’ update has also brought a friendlier new player experience to ease the fresh meat in. Roll up, roll up! Welcome to the wild frontier! Don’t get too attached to anything you find. Read the rest of this entry »