EVE Online is ten years old and still providing us with all the heart-stopping drama we could ever want. Developer CCP has released a new trailer, partly to plug a new collector's edition, but also to celebrate their humble origins and the evolution of the MMO space sim over the years.Click here to read more...
EVE Online is one of the most brilliant and terrifying games ever developed, because it's almost completely run by player-driven corporations and full of real human drama. The latest major disasterpiece comes in the form of a single player managing to take down one of these corporations from within before making off with billions of in-game currency.
Bear in mind that all of this is 100% legal, happened within the confines of the game itself, required no hacking, wasn't an exploit and simply came down to genuine clever espionage and manipulation of the in-game stock market.Click here to read more...
Those who were looking forward to getting involved into the virtual galaxy of New Eden this weekend were left disappointed after a DDOS attack on the servers that operate both EVE Online and Dust 514 caused outages for both games. Although the attack happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, the servers remained offline until 11:30am this morning.Click here to read more...
Upcoming free-to-play PS3 shooter Dust 514 plugs directly into the sprawling EVE Online universe, which has a decade of lore and history behind it. I daresay that many players will just want to get involved with the PvP action and enjoy orbital bombardment support from EVE pilots, but if you want to invest in the story and setting, a new trailer fills in pretty much everything you need to know (beyond some of the more colourful player-driven assassinations and scandals).
Dust 514 is out on May 14th, which is a hilariously apt date if you're American.Click here to read more...
Free-to-play shooter Dust 514 will be leaving its prolonged beta on the 14th of May, which is a totally hilarious numerical joke to kick off our week if you use the American style of putting the month before the day. It's fun with maths.
Where was I? Yes, Dust 514 is finally ready to release on PS3, whereupon it will allow players to experience the EVE Online universe from a totally new perspective and offer the first truly F2P first person shooter on consoles. New screenshots and feature list after the break.Click here to read more...
You'll need some big boomsticks to survive in Dust 514's persistent battlefields when it releases on PS3 next year, and CCP are happy to oblige. Producer Thomas "Wolfman" Farrer walks us through an array of futuristic firearms in this latest trailer, which showcases such gems as the explosive Swarm Launcher "rail-based Forge Gun " alongside a host of customisation options.
Dust 514 will directly slot into EVE Online's universe as a free-to-play shooter, making for one of the most fleshed-out game settings on the market. We can't wait to see whether CCP pulls it off.Click here to read more...
A heads-up for any Capsuleers in our community: The latest content patch for EVE Online is now live. Titled Retribution, the update sees rebalancing of many of the existing ships in the game, new Destroyer class vessels to pilot, upgraded AI for NPCs, and new Tactical Combat Features. However, the biggest addition is the inclusion of a new Bounty Hunting system, allowing players to monetise the online slaughter of their enemies, and provide PvP-ers with a new way to make a serious amount of ISK.
Like all of the other content updates, Retribution is free to all EVE Online players. You can find out more about the latest patch by heading over to the official website.
How do you take on the mighty big guns of Call of Duty or Battlefield? Giving your game away for free isn’t a bad place to start. We’ve seen the free-to-play market really boom this year, a trend further enforced by the large presence of many free-to-play titles at this years’ Gamescom Expo in Germany.
To be honest though, those hungering for ‘proper’ games haven’t had anything to match the core experience offered by bigger premium games. CCP would like to change that attitude though with their new PS3 title, Dust 514, an MMO first-person shooter.
They’re not just breaking the rules with their pricing though; they’re putting PS3 gamers into new territory by forming an alliance with PC players. Dust 514 belongs to the game universe of EVE Online, a very different experience featuring orbital spaceships far above the planets in space. EVE Online is huge too. It’s set in the galaxy of Eden with seven thousand solar systems and fifty-sixty thousand planets.
Admittedly, not much of that scale has an impact on the PS3 game, as the warzone planets for the console experience require more than a randomly named ball in space on a map. With a parent game boasting such big numbers though, we’re hoping at least for varied looking environments to battle in.Click here to read more...
With EVE Online under their belts, and upcoming PS3 tie-in Dust 514 set to give the console industry something groundbreakingly new, CCP have been extolling the virtues of publising partner Sony in helping to bring MMOs and free-to-play experiences to fruition on consoles.Click here to read more...
The latest Dust 514 developer diary goes large on the links to EVE universe, going behind the scenes at CCP Games to see what stepping down onto the planets' surfaces really entails. The developers talk about how actions in Dust 514 will have consequences in EVE Online and vice versa, suggesting that they wanted to find a way for a broader range of players to experience the EVE universe.Click here to read more...
Eve Online lead designer, Kristoffer Touborg, has suggested that his MMO appeals to many people precisely because so much of the gameplay often involves boring, mundane tasks.Click here to read more...
CCP's abject mishandling of the Vanity Items situation caused numerous veteran fans to quit in disgusted protest - partly due to the astonishing price of some of the upgrades as well as the 'Greed Is Good' internal memo that likened EVE players to exploitable cash cows. However, the innovative MMO is back on track, and is attempting to lure back some of its departed player base with a discounted 30 days subscription. Note that only existing players with lapsed accounts are legible for the deal.
Dust 514 is an ambitious endeavor; an attempt to bridge platforms, even genres, with CCP Games merging their expansive MMO universe, Eve Online, with Dust 514's conflict, with the former staged on PC, the latter on PS3. The idea is that a Dust 514 player on the PS3 can call on their PC friend enjoying Eve to fire an orbital strike from their ship floating in space above the PS3 player's planet. Ballsy, to say the least. And according to CCP, Dust 514 is "easily the biggest multiplayer FPS" around.Bold talk. Hit the jump for more
If you've been paying attention to the cut-throat politics and labrynthine intrigue of EVE Online, the MMO space sim, you'll doubtlessly be aware that the entire universe has been rocked by the addition of player avatars and a host of pay-per-download vainity items. Many subscribers believe that these items are the first step towards completely unbalancing the experience - and in a bold move, CCP has decided to convene the player-elected Council of Stellar Management to discuss the future of the franchise... and how these new features will "evolve". See below for the full details.Click here to read more...
Happy birthday, EVE Online! CCP Games' epic space MMO has just turned eight, and has witnessed incredible power struggles, assassinations and fully-fledged intergalactic wars that rival any science fiction movie.
To celebrate the happy occasion, CCP are giving away a free gift to every user: a booster drink that upgrades speed and scanning capability for an hour.
As a thank you to all of you who actively play the game, we would like to give each of you a six-pack sample of the Quafe Company's newest product, Quafe Zero. Made from compounds found only in Sleeper vessels, each can of Quafe Zero promises to boost your Speed and Scan Resolution 5% for one hour, with zero booster side effects. Tastes great, won't fill you up, and makes you a better pilot? For free? What a deal!
To get your free six pack of Quafe Zero, simply log into the EVE client and click on the "redeem items" icon. Bottoms up!
On the MMORPG scene EVE Online sticks out from the rest for many reasons. It’s one of the few Sci-fi MMO’s to enjoy success and it’s also one of a handful of games to have all players on a single server. It’s also one of the most brutal games out there, with piracy, conflict and corporate espionage everywhere you turn, all of which is instigated by the players. The newbie experience has been dramatically improved in recent years but be warned, it can be fairly overwhelming at first. Included in the price are 30 days of subscription, so if you’ve been itching to give it a try now is the time.
Slight spoiler warning. As you may already know, one of Black Ops' missions revolves around attempting to dispatch Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro. Despite the zombie mode turning the alleged despot into a latter day folk hero, the Cuban state-run newpaper has decried Treyarch's shooter- poking fun at failed assassination attempts and suggesting that it will prompt violent behaviour.
What the United States couldn’t accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually. This new video game is doubly perverse. On the one hand, it glorifies the illegal assassination attempts the United States government planned against the Cuban leader … and on the other, it stimulates sociopathic attitudes in North American children and adolescents.
Bizarrely, several American outlets have actually felt the need to defend (and hence validate) this hilarious statement... but I trust you guys to rip into the "games cause sociopathy" statement all by yourself. The assassination jibe, on the other hand, is a bit of a zinger. Credit where credit's due, Cuba! [Associated Press via VG247]
In other Black Ops news, many veterans have called out the decision to release the title around Remembrance Day as being distasteful and disrespectful... and there might actually be an element of truth to that.
A new report from MCV suggests that Valve's Steam service is forcing high street stores to resort to desperate measures to sell PC games- and to protect themselves, UK retailers are considering banning sales on games that release digitally.
If we have a digital service, then I don’t want to start selling a rival in-store. Publishers are creating a monster – we are telling suppliers to stop using Steam in their games. - the digital boss of a major UK games retailer
At the moment the big digital distributors need to stock games with Steam. But the power resides with bricks and mortar retailers, they can refuse to stock these titles. Publishers are hesitant, but retail must put pressure on them.
There are two sides to every story- and while most PC gamers rightfully herald Steam as a distribution platform that genuinely treats consumers with respect, it would be a crying shame if PC sales were to go fully digital. There's nothing quite like actually buying a game, after all. Also, as we've seen from the likes of PSP Go titles, companies are able merrily jack their prices to enormous levels without competition from the used market.
Alright folks: it's time to get involved. Is Valve strangling the life out of the PC market? Or is this a last ditch effort by complacent retailers that should be moaning less and doing more to revitalise their sales? Have your say in the comments!
EVE Online is one of the few last bastions for Space Sim fanatics to enjoy the dying genre- and has facilitated more unscripted galactic intrigue and assassinations than Babylon V, Stargate SG-1 and Deep Space 9 put together.
Unfortunately it's also monumentally counter-intuitive and unfriendly to new players who will have trouble finding traction with the established hardcore. Thankfully the Commissioned Officer Edition allows newcomers to level up extremely quickly over the first 30 days, and will hopefully revitalise the player base. It should hit British store shelves by the end of the year.
Harmonix are the undisputed masters of the music game- and after being completely shafted by Activision, their Rock Band partnership with MTV has proven to be the dominant franchise in the market. However, the latest reports from Viacom indicate that they're planning to sell Harmonix for undisclosed reasons (probably linked to the sluggish sales encountered by the music game genre over the last few years). We reckon that EA, as Rock Band's publisher, will probably jump at the chance to add Harmonix to their stable. [Viacom Financial Announcements]