Two weeks ago, at EVE Fanfest, a convention for players of space MMO EVE Online, I began hearing odd snatches of conversation: “Dude, the pope’s in our hotel”, “Did you kiss the ring?”. This is at the same time as the real pope is out in Greece meeting with refugees, so, clearly, we’re talking about a different pope.
EVE Online is a complicated game full of politics, subterfuge, and grand-scale wars. Factions rise and fall, corporations are overthrown, and you don’t have to play the game to know that a lot of what’s going on in it is really cool.
The largest war in EVE Online history is brewing, and you don’t need to understand what’s going on to appreciate the gorgeous spectacle.
After two years of relative peace, various recent events are dragging the players of online space MMO EVE Online towards another massive war. This time it’s between the game’s biggest coalition, The Imperium, against an alliance of smaller factions.
CCP has announced it’s shutting down Dust 514, its FPS set in the EVE Online universe, on May 30. The company is currently developing a follow-up, but unlike Dust 514, it’ll be PC-only.
Until very recently, EVE Online’s ship browser was known as the Interbus Ship Identification System—or ISIS, for short. Wuh-oh.
Here are some excellent comparisons, by tonymyre311, of all the ship models (and other objects) from EVE Online, dropped onto Google Earth landscapes and edited so they look like they’re part of the map.
You don’t need fancy VR sets to enjoy EVE Online. You only need a an additional spaceship-themed control panel, like this massive box, made by Hijel.
LEGO builder Tim Schwalfenberg overkilled it again with a giant, amazing-looking fleet of blocky spaceships.
It's early days for VR, which means there aren't many games to get excited about. EVE: Valkryie, however, in one of the few "real" games coming. I've always loved my time with the game, and the newest trailer shows how the atmosphere is coming together. It looks gorgeous.
I don't play the game, so I had no idea this even existed, but hey, turns out that space MMO EVE Online has its own official TV news show! And it's pretty good!
It's widely known to the outside world for its politics, but EVE Online is also a rather pretty video game, especially when it comes to the unique and varied design of its spaceships.
Crowfall has made over $400,000 on Kickstarter in a day, and with good reason: it aims to break the wild, player-driven antics of MMOs like EVE Online into time-based "campaigns" while combining them with complete world destructibility. It's an attempt at reinventing the genre, and a much-needed one.
One of my biggest gaming regrets is that I've never taken the time to really dig deep into EVE Online. This latest trailer, featuring the voices of actual players, is a monument to what everyone else is missing.
Georg Hilmarsson is a senior concept artist at CCP, the developers of EVE Online. So the art you're about to see features, spoilers, a lot of spaceships from EVE Online.
It couldn't be easy collecting all the necessary bricks for this giant LEGO battlecruiser, but it's totally worth the effort. Dinklebob's creation was inspired by EVE Online's "Hurricane" ship, and the extra tiny drones are the best part:
EVE Online, a sci-fi MMO that's full of scheming players, is famous for its many ridiculous stories of dedication, betrayal and intrigue. And the story of how some players became obsessed with someone who had one of the most expensive ships in the game feels emblematic of what the game can turn into for the most…
"Maybe I'm just a bad person," he said. "Maybe I'm just a bad person."
EVE Online is not just about gigantic space battles. There's beauty out there in the vast emptiness of space.
EVE Online is at least in part a game about space pirates. But it's also a massive, teeming online ecosystem that often blurs the line between virtual and real-life experiences. So when you mess with EVE, it's fair to say that you can expect to be met with swift and brutal justice both online and off.