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Doomsday lasers light up the galaxy in Eve’s most destructive battle in four years

The galactic war of Eve Online chunders on. A massive battle on Wednesday ended in the destruction of over 50 Titans, the game’s biggest, most expensive warships. The laser-laden space ruckus occurred when a huge fleet of ships appeared close to a Keepstar (a giant and powerful space station) prompting defenders of the space station to scramble their pilots and brace themselves for an assault.…

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Hundreds of pilots trapped by space scumbags in Eve Online’s latest galactic war

“If your enemy logs off, make sure they can’t log on.” - Sun Tzu, ancient Chinese general and fan of Eve Online. Yes, the space warfare MMO is once again full of exploding spaceships thanks to a new war between two large blocs of corporate murder fans. It’s as convoluted as any other conflict in this game of moneymaking and military skulduggery, but basically: a…

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EVE Online’s new expansion warps to Abyssal Deadspace

Spacejerk MMO EVE Online today launches its latest free expansion, named Into The Abyss, with a focus on PvE action. Capsuleers will get to venture into Abyssal Deadspace, a new form of spacedungeon, to fight a new faction of NPC enemies. As well as duffing up the mysterious Triglavian Collective, spacefolks will get to make and use their spaceships and new type of spacegun too.…

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Feature: #SOLO

How EVE Online is embracing the solo player with Into The Abyss expansion

The first mistake I made when I sat down to speak with Andie 'CCP Seagull' Nordgren, the executive producer of EVE Online, was referring to the changes in the upcoming 'Into the Abyss' expansion as "single player". "There is no single player in EVE. There is no single player in EVE," Nordgren corrected me. "You can play solo, but never single player. It's an important…

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Feature: "Below our lowest expectations"

“Below our lowest expectations” – why EVE devs CCP pulled out of VR

Six months ago, EVE Online developer CCP Games pulled out of the virtual reality market. The move came as a shock, given how well-suited and devoted CCP seemed to be to the tech, with international studios in the US and UK working on VR titles, and a tech-savvy EVE player base who were more likely to adopt VR early in its development cycle. As recently…

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Eve Online FPS spin-off Project Nova is still coming

Since the final death of CCP's World Of Darkness MMO, whenever the Eve Online studio go quiet about other in-development games I start to suspect they've smothered them too. They had been slipping into a similar pattern with Project Nova, the multiplayer first-person shooter set in the world of Eve, but now say "we're looking forward to unveiling the game properly" later this year -…

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EVE Online to axe voice chat during its back-end revamp

Sometimes you need to take a step back to take two forward, and sometimes your server infrastructure is such a colossal mess of interconnected software systems that you just have to hack out a bloody great chunk of it before anything can be improved. In order to upgrade their server software to 64-bit standard, EVE Online studio CCP are officially saying goodbye to Eve Voice,…

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CCP reveal plans to crack down on EVE Online botters

Like a lot of online games, EVE Online has a problem with botters - players who create automated bots to slave away in the asteroid mines. That problem only got worse since the MMO introduced its free-to-play 'Alpha Clone' accounts. Pressure from fans has led to this recent update on the EVE Online blog, in which creators CCP outline the state of the botting problem,…

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EVE: Valkyrie studio joins Sumo Digital

Here's a little good news to start the year: CCP Newcastle, the studio behind EVE Online's spin-off shooter EVE: Valkyrie, have found a buyer. Their fate had seemed uncertain since October 2017, when CCP announced they would try to sell the Newcastle studio as part of stepping away from making VR games. But the news sounds good, as the Newcastle mob are being picked up…

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EVE developer CCP hiring for a ‘new and ambitious’ MMO

Sometimes, a single job posting can tell you a lot about the future of a studio. In the case of CCP's latest position listing, it's quite explicit. They're looking to hire an experienced lead designer to head up production in London on an as-yet-announced MMO. While thin on fine details, we can at least infer some interesting details about the Eve Online studio's short-term plans, and…

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EVE Online’s free-to-play Arms Race update is live

EVE Online’s ‘Alpha Clone’ accounts have gotten a major upgrade today, bringing the sprawling space sandbox one step closer to free-to-play. Alpha accounts are essentially trial accounts, letting players experience EVE Online forever, but with some strict limitations in terms of ships, weapons and skills. The Arms Race update pulls back some of these limitations, letting free players finally flit about in higher tier ships…

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EVE developers CCP pulling out of VR

CCP, creators of one of our favourite VR games, EVE Valkyrie, are ceasing all VR development, according to a report on Icelandic business site mbl.is. The Reykjavík-based studio is best-known for its fantastically complex MMO EVE Online but has invested heavily in VR games. Sci-fi dogfighting sim Valkyrie is its flagship goggle-game, but one-on-one ball-lobbing sport Sparc (currently PSVR only) is a bit of a…

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EVE Online’s free accounts getting to fly bigger ships

Spacegit MMO EVE Online [official site] is expanding its 'Alpha Clone' trial accounts. Alphas can play free forever but only with low-level ships and a limited number of basic skills. They're not useless but, as a returning EVE player with my own account lost to the sands of time and dead e-mail providers, I had fun with an Alpha for a few weeks then grew…

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Feature: Betrayal and death threats

‘You will lose both hands’ – How the biggest theft in EVE Online history ended in death threats

It seems every time sci-fi MMO EVE Online [official site] is in the news, it's because someone has been screwed over in the most spectacular way imaginable. From record-breaking heists and scams to public assassinations and spy infiltrations, New Eden has been home to some incredible tales of espionage, theft, and political intrigue. This month another chapter in EVE's long and bloody history came to…

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EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone blasts off, making VR optional

If you fancied hopping into the cockpit of a spacefighter and shooting spaceships while Starbucks off the telly bosses you around but you didn't own the cybergoggles necessary to play EVE: Valkyrie, good news: VR is now optional in the EVE Online spin-off. Developers CCP last night launched EVE: Valkyrie - Warzone [official site], a rebranding and update which gave the first-person dogfighter support for…

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EVE Online player steals space station in massive theft

The galactic skulduggery of EVE Online [official site] continues. The infamous spaceship MMO has seen a massive theft occur in the typical Eve fashion: a dissatisfied higher-up of one of the game’s military corporations has flipped to another group, bringing with him not only money, resources and ships but, more significantly, a huge space station – a Keepstar Citadel. This is one of the most…

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EVE: Valkyrie welcoming non-VR players in September

After almost a year strapped to the foreheads of cybergoggleers, EVE: Valkyrie [official site] is coming to regular screens too. The dogfighting spin-off from spacebastard MMO EVE Online will get new maps, ships, and modes with the launch of its free expansion 'Warzone' on September 26th, and more importantly will no longer require VR goggles. I've quite fancied a go at Valkyrie's first-person space-dogfighting but…

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Feature: The goggles...they do *something*

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…

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Feature: Full-body Pong

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…

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Feature: Tourist in a virtual world

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…

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