Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Video: Is an EVE Online FPS about to be announced?

Way back in November of last year, Fanfest attendees were bombarded with information on what the devs were planning in the near and far future for the EVE Online franchise. I say franchise because it's well know that CCP North America (formerly CCP White Wolf) was working on bringing their World of Darkness RPG to the world of MMOGs.

Amongst the information we were showed was the video below. Unfortunately, I was taken a bit by surprised when the clip started and missed the begin. In the first few seconds of the video, we see the interior of a ship as the player roams around. This was something very similar to a wish I shared with you back about a year ago, in which I compared Gears of War 2 with a potential EVE FPS. I guess I wasn't far off. After those videos and slides were shown (see the EVE Ecosystem for XBOX360 & PS3 dev platforms), a lot of the gaming press started speculating as well (see Massively, and EuroGamer as examples of that coverage).

If CCP Games decides to make (or already has) an EVE FPS, they'll need to get the required industry expertise. And they're going to need to have someone to oversee this corporate expansion. Something the Icelandic Devs are fairly familiar with.

Case in point, earlier today, Massively's James Egan wrote about a tweet I made earlier this week in regards to CCP NA looking for an HR Manager. Seems their Atlanta office is about to see some important growth. At this point in time, it's all speculation. And even though Hilmar (CCP's CEO) is about to make a major announcement at GDC Europe later this summer, an FPS might be a bit too early. We'll just have to wait in anticipation of Hilmar's address.


blackmylar said...

Ok, the idea of an FPS based around Eve is interesting. My first PC gaming experience was Castle Wolfenstein (an FPS). I followed it closely with Doom, Quake, Unreal and then got into strategy gaming before succumbing to MMORPGs. I loved FPS games, and really I still do. I just don't have the reflexes for them anymore.

I'm still intrigued by the idea of an FPS geared around Eve. Not because I want to play it, but because I want the Counter-Strike generation that periodically invades New Eden to play it. Eve does get invaded from time to time with WoW fanbois, EQ Giants, and TF2 / Counter-Strike twitch players that believe their skills and attitudes could win them e-fame in Eve Online. An Eve based FPS could give them their "twitch-fix" in an Eve Universe while segregating them from the population on Tranquility.

Not to say that I won't play it. Eve is a beautiful game, and just navigating around is a pleasurable experience. At this point, I can only hope the skill and acumen of the team at Reykjavik will be applied to an FPS. They have done a stellar job (pun intended) of building a space-based MMO. Haters be damned, Eve is a great game, and I can only hope the best for CCP if they build a FPS based in that universe.

Chainer Cygnus said...

It sounds very intriguing, that much is for sure. But to really pull it off they would have to offer something no other FPS has out there. I can't say what that would be, but I have my opinions. One thing that would definitely set it apart would be if it was actually within the MMO itself, offering differing play styles at any point that you want.

Either way, I am excited to find out what happens.

Benoit CozmikR5 Gauthier said...

EVE FPS? Yeah, maybe... but I don't think I'd get into it very much because I'm too much the Quaker. Hell, even Unreal isn't fast enough for me :))

Anonymous said...

Integrate it into EVE Online! Make EVE better!