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12:00 PM on 03.26.2015

EVE Online's new focus is putting power in the players' hands

The developers at CCP face a unique challenge with EVE Online that other studios don't necessarily face. Its players expect an incredibly deep and detailed experience, which means that evolving the game is particularly d...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 03.21.2015

The Fanfest 'Worlds Collide' event wasn't the Powerman 5000 concert I was expecting

It's no secret that I hate spiders, but there's one spider I adore. That's MC Spider, the frontman of Powerman 5000. That's why I was raucously excited to hear about the "Worlds Collide" event at Fanfest 2015, obviously a PM5...

Brett Makedonski



EVE: Valkyrie wants to be the leader in VR eSports photo
EVE: Valkyrie wants to be the leader in VR eSports
by Brett Makedonski

It was almost a year ago (ten months, more accurately) when I sat down with EVE: Valkyrie's developers, and they told me "We're ready to ship when Oculus is ready to ship." At the time, Valkyrie was considered a flagship title for virtual reality, but it's unclear if that's still the case. There are a lot more entrants in the arena now, after all. However, EVE: Valkyrie's developers have their sights set on a more aggressive goal.

"We just extend our ambitions," Valkyrie executive producer Owen O'Brien told me when asked what it's like to stretch out the production schedule an extra year on a title that has been technically ready for quite some time. O'Brien elaborated "A year ago, I don't think I would've stood up and said 'I want to be the best multiplayer game in VR,' but now I feel completely comfortable saying that. So, I think an extra year in the production cycle, it's fine because we're not a huge team. We're working on bleeding edge technology that is still developing. CCP as a company kind of knew what they were getting into. That's something that was to be expected with VR, and we're still very happy to be at the forefront of it."

But, not only does O'Brien want Valkyrie to be a heralded multiplayer title, he wants it to be the pinnacle of VR competition. Thinking about his ultimate goal for Valkyrie several years down the road, he offered "I would love this to be the eSports of VR."

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1:26 PM on 03.19.2015

EVE Online has plans for exclusive ship skins, here are 11 new ones

The EVE Online keynote at Fanfest 2015 just wrapped up, and one of the major themes was that CCP wants to put more power in the hands of the players. A popular way of accomplishing this is by finally releasing unique shi...

Brett Makedonski


9:30 AM on 03.19.2015

New EVE: Valkyrie trailer starts with a routine escort mission

EVE Valkyrie has come a long way since the footage from last year's EVE Fanfest. The trailer above shows a more fleshed out mission, beginning with a mundane escort and ending with, well, something a little more exciting. Th...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 AM on 03.18.2015

What does the future have in store for EVE Online?

Greetings from Iceland, Internet dwellers. I'm in a hotel room in Reykjavík eating a pepperoni dog and drinking a ginger beer. Someone wrote a super friendly message on the wall just outside my window. There's a handle...

Brett Makedonski

6:30 PM on 10.02.2014

EVE Online's Fanfest 2015 officially slated for March 19-21

Pilots in EVE Online might feel like they're on top of the world when they're flying their spaceships through the galaxy, but if they want the full and authentic treatment, they have to make a voyage to Iceland for Fanfe...

Brett Makedonski

4:00 PM on 05.03.2014

Yeah, so no EVE developers came close to beating MMA fighter Gunnar Nelson

This might blow some fragile minds, but none of the CCP developers who went up against undefeated MMA fighter Gunnar Nelson at the Fanfest '14 EVE of Destruction event tasted the sweet nectar of victory. No one really ca...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 05.02.2014

EVE Online plans to have approximately ten annual updates from now on

EVE Online has one of the most dedicated communities in all of videogames, and CCP is reciprocating that with some dedication of its own. Whereas most massive multiplayer online titles have a few large updates a year at ...

Brett Makedonski

1:15 PM on 04.22.2014

CCP Devs to go up against MMA fighter at EVE Fanfest

EVE Fanfest is an amazing event already, but this year's sounds like it's going to be completely nuts. The craziest thing they're doing is probably staging an event called Eve of Destruction, where MMA fighter Gunnar &ld...

Dale North