CCP have just announce EVE: Valkyrie, the online, Oculus Rift-enabled space dogfighting sim, formerly known as EVE-VR. For fans of the now-deceased UK podcast, you may remember it as the game Tom Senior once described as like being "[CENSORED] out of an [CENSORED]". Enjoy working out what fits in those blanks. While details are still thin, a new trailer gives a taste of what to expect when the game is released next year.
Over the weekend, a massive battle erupted in everyone’s favorite extremely complicated space simulator/MMO, EVE Online. Thousands of players joined what became the largest battle in EVE’s history.
The story of Jón Gnarr, who in 2010 was elected mayor of Iceland's capital and largest city, Reykjavík, could be mistaken for a story from EVE Online, the sandbox MMO created by Icelandic developer CCP. In EVE, players form corporations and take part in fascinating, often-bizarre political and military shenanigans. In Iceland, Jón ran for office as founder of "The Best Party," which he says wasn't, and still isn't, a real political party.
EVE's Starbases (or Player Owned Stations) are supposed to be useful orbital structures that give corporations the ability to create a rest-stop in strategically important locations. Think motorway service station, but in space. Unfortunately, given that their acronym is POS, even CCP admit that the feature is "in need of several changes to bring them up to the usability standards of modern EVE". With that in mind, they're embarking on a series of improvements due to dock with the free Odyssey expansion in June.
The 15th expansion to Eve Online, Crucible, will be available for download on November 29.
This update is focused on bringing EVE "back to basics" and improving graphics, interface and mechanics. The expansion's targeted focus on improvement, not innovation makes sense; earlier in the year, CCP's CEO offered a sincere apology to the community for "losing sight of the simple things." Now, those simple things are CCP's primary target.
Click through for the first list of tweaks. CCP have promised to send us more details next week.
Ingólfr Arnarson left Norway in a flimsy boat made of wood and beaten metal in 874 AD. He left to find somewhere colder, harsher, more unforgiving than his cold, harsh, unforgiving homeland. He found Iceland. A millennium and a century later, in the country Ingólfr forged, another set of pioneers got an idea in their heads. It was an idea of similar insanity and danger, one that demanded they brave high water to create a new existence. Like Ingólfr, they sailed off in the darkness of the Arctic winter for a new home. They found EVE.
The Reykjavik head office of CCP, creator of the galactic bastard sim, EVE Online, feels like an outpost on the edge of the world. Look at the right angle from the main boardroom’s giant windows and you’d swear human beings had never laid foot in Iceland – if it wasn’t for the few CCP staff members mid smoke-break gripping solid steel railings on the balcony outside and bracing against the wind.