Late January an eagle eyed individual spotted clues to the possibility of CCP’s latest addition to the New Eden games; Valkyrie a real time high paced and action packed dog fighter, to be free to play with micro-transactions.
The original forum post found in the link above brings attention to a job avert posted on CCP’s website calling for new developers to work on Valkyrie and refers more specifically two of the requirements for the position.

Advantageous Experience/Skills:
Experience or knowledge of micro-transactions and experience game loops

Ambiguous I know, and even though Eve already has a micro-transaction system of sorts in the form of AUR it is true that generally micro-transactions and Free to play do come as a package.

Another requirement on the job advert worth noting as mentioned in the original forum post is the following.

Required Experience/Skills:
4+ years’ experience working on AAA quality game titles as a designer (Console experience preferred)

Although aware that Valkyrie is based around the Oculus Rift which so far is only available for PC (as far as we know) could this possibly mean Valkyrie may be seen on a console platform in the not so distant future?

So that’s it folks. This forum post was brought to my attention and I felt it was worth at least keeping an eye on, and we at EN24 will be doing exactly that come Fanfest 2014.

What do you, the readers think?
Do you think that we need to take off our tin foil hats and stop reading so heavily into little things like this? Do you think Valkyrie should be free to play? or do you just think its just another disaster waiting to happen?


Thanks for reading.

Bo Jangles
Special thanks to Criminal 1.



  1. Billy

    I thought we all assumed it was F2P. Hilmar has had a hardon for Micro transactions since the development work on Incarna started.

    February 18, 2014 at 19:49 Reply
    1. Sair

      Everyone in the gaming industry has had a hardon for F2P since it’s been very profitable.

      February 18, 2014 at 20:57 Reply
      1. Tiago D'Agostini

        Except the smart players that perceive that F2P created games that are made to cause frustration on the players (like WoT) making them spend way more money than on traditional games.

        February 19, 2014 at 09:45 Reply
        1. Bo Jangles

          This only really applies for pay to win games though, which CCP has already admitted is a no go for valkyrie, seeing someone with a sexier toon than you doesn’t really cause that much frustration, which is probably as far as the valk cash shop will go (if there is such a thing)

          February 19, 2014 at 16:42 Reply
          1. I swear I am not Luwc


            even EVE is p2w nowadays.

            Buy Plex > Sell Plex > Buy better mods and ships.

            February 21, 2014 at 08:48
          2. Bo Jangles

            I get your point, but that’s not truely P2W, everything you can buy with PLEX iskies you can’t buy with isk you’ve ground up yourself.
            Granted someone buying plex gets an advantage in how long it takes them to recover from a loss and such but when an engagement starts it doesn’t matter if you RL rich or Space Rich it matters only on skill, fits, ability and luck.

            February 21, 2014 at 10:06
    2. Playos

      Since Oculus is working with CCP on it, it’s entirely possible it’ll be a packaged item with it… which in today’s tech world means F2P defacto (even if CCP sold it separately for $)… so why not add in microtransaction elements so long as they’re not pay to win?

      February 18, 2014 at 23:24 Reply
  2. Billbo

    Project managers I can understand but is it the “norm” to hire devs after you’ve annouced you are developing said product?

    February 18, 2014 at 20:05 Reply
    1. not enough info

      Could be they are filling a position that was vacated.

      February 18, 2014 at 20:11 Reply
      1. Bo Jangles

        Like i said it could be tin foil hat speculation

        February 18, 2014 at 22:58 Reply
    2. Bo Jangles

      Well that’s what i thought, i personally thought it was nothing but it was an interesting find. The micro transactions could merely refer to the current AUR system and the console could just be so that devs can also work on Dust?
      I’m not sure how eve’s dev structure works 😛

      February 18, 2014 at 20:45 Reply
    3. Tiago D'Agostini

      Very normal. You do not commit into expensive hirigns until you have a started platform and can safely predict the time of completion of the project.

      February 19, 2014 at 09:44 Reply
  3. DaReaper

    There is a dev post in that very thread that says they are not fans of free to play either

    February 18, 2014 at 20:35 Reply
    1. Bo Jangles

      They said they are not fans of “Pay to win”, so they’re insinuating there will be no game changing items from the cash shop.

      A good example of this currently are games like DOTA2, free to play but are making a good amount of money on purely cosmetic items alone, none of the items available for cash will give you an advantage in game.

      February 18, 2014 at 20:47 Reply
  4. Lossmail

    dunno if valkyrie will be connected to the eve realm in terms of the ppl flying around with oculus in tranquility, but it would be nice if you could fly either drones/fighters or small ships like frigs/ceptors with it. limiting its use with only drones/fighters would be kinda boring cause not all fights use capitals. maybe drone subcaps/ships? hmmm.

    February 19, 2014 at 07:25 Reply
  5. Pointless

    Wow, another CCP game I won’t be playing. Who cares if it is F2P?

    Focus CCP, focus…

    February 19, 2014 at 07:39 Reply
    1. Tiago D'Agostini

      They need to keep trying to get a second successful product. Not doign so would be suicidal on an administrative point of view.

      They could very well have succeeded if they had made dust available to PC from start and fully integrated into eve warfare (would cause the initial population trigger needed).

      February 19, 2014 at 09:43 Reply
    2. dotec

      Hey, buddy. I think you missed the memo.

      This game isn’t Dust.
      Valkyrie actually looks pretty cool.

      Roll your hatewagon back into the garage.

      February 19, 2014 at 16:38 Reply
      1. I swear I am not Luwc

        Dust looked cool as well.

        February 21, 2014 at 08:47 Reply
  6. Sany_CZ

    Looks like Dust ad to me.
    EVE Valkyrie should be part of Oculus Rift package. I don’t believe they will made micro transaction in to it, when it needs Rift to by played.

    February 19, 2014 at 08:17 Reply
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