This month’s Blog Banter is fun:
“So soon(tm) we will have Eve Online, Valkyrie, Gunjack and the as yet untitled FPS to replace DUST514/Project Legion. Are we missing anything else? Are then any other games CCP should be looking into? Colony building simulators in the style of Sim City or Rimworld. Should it be on a grander scale link Civilisation or Stronghold Kingdoms. How about RTS games ala Command and Conquer. Survival games such as Rust? Planet based combat like World of Tanks? Would you like to see other game types expanding the Eve Universe or should CCP stick to what it knows?”
There has been a complete shift in development strategies at CCP. They have abandoned the high concept in favor of the deliverable, and so after many false starts they have two games, both in genres that they have never tried, that are well-supported and well-received. Neither Valkyrie nor Gunjack has the mad ambition of EVE Online, at least, not in the initial release, but both are beautiful and playable and rich with the lore of the EVE universe. CCP knows how to connect games now, so the potential for tremendous depth is there. It also knows that first, the games must be attractive in their own right. That was the lesson of DUST514.
I am entirely unsurprised that they are investing so heavily in virtual reality. Hilmar has been talking about building alternate realities for longer than a decade. Of course CCP would jump at technology that brings a new level of reality to the EVE universe! Nor am I surprised that they are expanding the universe: they had always planned to, from the beginning. Initially they may have believed that it would all happen within the EVE client, on the EVE engine, but now that they are free from that belief they are free to expand the universe in whatever direction they can imagine.
I hope that they continue their current course. Maybe, one day, they will release a new game that I can play on my platforms of choice.