EVE: Online, that great game where betrayal, space fights and factions are a part of every day life, is set to land on mobile devices.
According to a report on Eurogamer, CCP Games, the developer of EVE games (and the self-styled janitor of EVE: Online), has announced a mobile version of its MMORPG will be landing on iOS and Android devices in a handful of countries next year.
Currently dubbed “Project Aurora”, the game is being developed in conjunction with Finnish studio PlayRaven.
“For years and years we have wanted to bring the EVE Universe to mobile devices in a way that is tailored to the platform and EVE fans,” CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson said in a statement.
“We wanted to find a partner who is passionate about EVE, has a track record of producing high quality and deep mobile games and is capable of creating completely new experiences on mobile. PlayRaven fit the bill perfectly,” he said.
Now obviously there are two pertinent questions this announcement throws up. First, will South Africa be included in the list of countries in which Project Aurora will be released? At this stage, it’s impossible to tell, but it’s not a huge problem – just take a look at how successful Pokémon was in SA ahead of its official local launch.
Second, what will the game be like? Are we looking at a full fat EVE: Online experience on a mobile device or a quick cash-in riddled with microtransactions?
Well, according to The Verge, the brief for the game from the developers reads thus:
“In Project Aurora, players must work together to dominate the centre of the galaxy, and become the most powerful corporation in the universe. Project Aurora will be a massively multiplayer mobile universe, filled with epic player stories.”
Sounds pretty good. Besides, one has to hope CCP has learned the lessons from MonocleGate.