A series of new job postings on CCP’s career portal has confirmed that the EVE developer aims to build an entirely new MMORPG. With EVE Online’s 15th anniversary on the horizon, and with a string of under-performing experiments in the rear-view, it’s clear that CCP is anxious to lay the foundation for the next fifteen years. But if they succeed, what will that game look like?
CCP London is the company’s newest studio, only a year old. The studio has a broad slate of new positions available, including Art Director, Lead Designer, and half a dozen senior design and engineering roles. Some of those job postings include details that indicate the kind of game CCP wants to develop.
“…they cost too much to make; too many of them play the exact same way; new revenue models put off key groups of players; they lack immersion; they lack wit and personality; players have been trained to want experiences that they don’t actually want; [and] designers are forbidden from experimenting.”
These are some of the greatest pitfalls that any MMO designer needs to face, and CCP will certainly run into some combination of them. In my opinion, EVE stands head and shoulders above the crowd for the uniqueness of gameplay, immersion, and sensible revenue models. EVE has struggled, though, with ‘training players to want experiences they don’t actually want.’ I spent a year or so as a miner. Enough said?
UE4 (Unreal Engine 4) is a common, performance-optimized game engine. It’s the same engine used by EVE Valkyrie and the successor to the engine used by DUST 514. UE4 blueprints allow developers to prototype new games easily. UE4 can support a broad set of platforms, including PCs, consoles, VR, and mobile devices. Perhaps, fortunately, none of the new London postings speak to VR. It looks like CCP may intend to build a stable, competent PC or cross-platform game – a return to meat and potatoes after playing around with virtual reality.
Yes, EVE has story elements, and yes, ships are technically characters – but I can’t be alone in seeing a more normally-scaled MMO here.
Senior 3D Artist
Note that mention of a new IP probably excludes the old White Wolf license and all EVE spinoffs.
Senior Backend Engineer
Senior Character Artist
UX [User Experience] Designer
At this point (between the mention of a new IP, a strong focus on human characters, and an easy-to-use interface) it’s fairly clear that this game will not be EVE 2.0. There might even be reason to hope it’s not World of Warcraft XXVII.
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