Eve Online’s Chinese servers will be shifting publishers, CCP Games, the studio behind the popular sci-fi MMO, announced that all publishing duties will now be under NetEase, beginning in October.
CPP games, the studio behind the MMO title, EVE Online, recently announced that all currently unannounced projects being worked on at CPP, are exclusively utilizing Epic’s Unreal Engine 4.
As a new year begins, so to do new acquisitions of studios. Independent game developer Sumo Digital, part of the Sumo Group PLC, announced today that it has taken on CCP Games’ Newcastle studio.
After over 13 years on the market, EVE Online will be shifting to a free-to-play model that will allow players to partake in the game without a monthly subscription.
Developer CCP Games explained the new feature through a lengthy blog post on the EVE Online website, that describes pre-set characters called “Clone States” that will be playable for free.
Here’s CCP’s in-universe explanation as to how these characters will fit into EVE Online’s world:
“This feature is built around the complex biotechnology which originally gave rise to the capsuleers: clones. Technological advancements in New Eden have led to a new way of manufacturing and augmenting clones, unlocking the possibility for a variety of distinct Clone States. With this technology, clone manufacturers can now build and distribute clones which possess a base state, the Alpha state. They can be enhanced or otherwise altered to achieve other states, but the Alpha state will always exist underneath. The state of a given clone may affect its access to trained skills, its ability to train new ones, or the rate at which new skills are acquired.”
When the feature launches later this year, free players will have access to two Clone States, described as follows:
“The Alpha Clone State is the new base state for all clones and it will be available to any character in New Eden at any time. Clones in the Alpha state will be able to train and use a specific set of skills including tech one Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers for your faction along with essential weapons and modules. Alphas will also train skills at a reduced rate compared to Omegas.
The Omega Clone State is obtained by augmenting basic clones using neural expanders and cerebral acceleration technology, granting unlimited skill access. Omega clone state will behave exactly as your subscribed characters do now. ”
Alpha Clone States will be usable by unsubscribed accounts, while Omega Clone States are available to subscribed accounts, with the feature currently slated to launch in November. For an in-depth look at how Clone States function in-game, check out CCP’s blog post.
A successor to EVE: Online’s free-to-play shooter Dust 514 has been announced.
The announcement came from EVE Fan Fest, Project Nova will continue to build on the foundation set by Dust: 514. Supposedly Project Nova will focus more on combat in space, via space stations and ships, as opposed to Dust 514’s planetary combat, to be more connected to the EVE experience.
A video of the first demo from the EVE Fan Fest show floor showcased a bit of what the game has to offer.
Like it’s predecessor, Project Nova will be free-to-play. No further details have been announced.
Coming soon to EVE Online is a collaboration with The Human Protein Atlas and MMOS to bring players a new mini-game and a way to help progress real-world sciences.
CCP known for EVE Online have made an announcement for via their community forums, that not only are they working on a new project, out of Shanghai but that DUST 514 will be closing down as of May 30th, 2016.
In the announcement, they outlined that although the new game will keep “many of its great parts” it will be a new experience. Build from UE4 it will take aspects the team learned from DUST 514 and make a “future proof” experience that will allow them to push forward with the game for years to come. There will also be some form of “tiered recognition” for the loyal DUST 514 players, although details are still to come on this matter.
As for DUST 514, the sad news is that after three years on the PS3, the game will be closing its doors. The update 1.3 that was planned has now been shelved, and all further PSN packs have been removed from the store. Players will be able to continue to play the free-to-play experience, and players with remaining Aurum will be able to purchase items from the in-game marketplace.
This may be the end for DUST 514, and with the PS3 slowly being retired this is not surprising. With CCP working on a new game to fill that void, hopefully people will not have to wait too long before they can revisit the world of EVE in a FPS style game
World of Darkness began its development eight years ago. It wasn’t announced until 2010, and it’s been delayed because of layoffs. Now, the title won’t see a release. Today, CCP Games cancelled World of Darkness.
The cancellation will affect 56 employees. Some will find work within the company, others are gone completely, and the rest of the Atlanta team will work on EVE Universe.
“The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson in a press release; adding the cancellation of this game puts CCP in a better position to better the Eve Universe.
The game’s world would have borrowed from two games Vampire The Masquerade: Redemption and Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines. The tabletop games depicted different vampire clans who, during their adventures try to keep the “masquerade”(where vampires stay hidden from the human world) unbroken.
Aside from World of Darkness MMO, CCP games is known for EVE Online and Dust 514.
Starting today, PlayStation 3 owners can take part in the open beta for CCP Games upcoming online shooter Dust 514. The highly ambitious shooter has been in closed beta since mid 2012.
Dust 514 is CCP’s latest addition to the EVE universe. It is a first person, team based shooter for the PlayStation 3 that is set in the same universe as Eve Online. But it’s not just a game using the same setting; the game itself will be directly tied in real time to Eve Online. As players and corporations in EVE fight for control of planets and resources they will need the help of mercenaries to fight the ground battles for them. This is where the Dust 514 players come in.