EVE Online News – Fanfest to Include MMA Fighter Taking On CCP Devs

In one of the more unusual announcements about this year's CCP Fanfest, the development team has announced that several members will be facing off in martial combat against MMA fighter Gunnar "Gunni" Nelson.

<> During EVE OF DESTRUCTION, Nelson will face off against CCP Games staff members and special guests in 10 back-to-back, one-versus-one wrestling matches in a fighting cage on loan from Mjölnir MMA Gym, his home training ground. The winner of each match is determined by submission, with unlimited time per round and only enough time between rounds for the introduction of the next competitor.

EVE Online News – CCP Posts $21M in Losses for Fiscal 2013

CCP Games is reporting over $21M in losses for fiscal 2013 according to a report at GamesIndustry.biz. While overall revenue increased significantly, huge corporate investment in research and development contributed to the decline.

A note in CCP's full financial presentation seems to support the theory that a large factor in this $40 million increase in R&D costs was the removal of asset value previously attributed to World of Darkness.

"During the year the company assessed its capitalized development assets and determined that a portion of those assets would likely not have future economic benefits," a statement accompanying the report explains. "IAS 38 requires that such assets should be derecognized and removed from the balance sheet. The expense related to the derecognized assets are presented as part of research and development expense in the statement of comprehensive income."

Read more at the link above.

EVE Online News - CCP Posts $21M in Losses for Fiscal 2013

EVE Online News – Fanfest to Feature Live Steaming Throughout the Event

CCP has announced an assertive schedule of live streaming events to be held throughout the annual FanFest that is set for May 1-3, 2014. Fans can purchase a full access ticket for the virtual event for $19.95. 

The EVE Fanfest high definition stream includes:

  • Three full days of HD programming live from Fanfest
  • Access to the HD stream of the 24 April pre-Fanfest livestream with CCP developers who will give exclusive details about what to expect at the big event
  • A choice of one of four unique industry ship skins for EVE Online: the Inner Zone Shipping Iteron (Gallente), Tash-Murkon Bestower (Amarr), Nefantar Mammoth (Minmatar) or Wiyrkomi Tayra (Caldari). 
  • Digital copies of the Fanfest 2014 "Quafe" Tshirt for EVE Online (one male and one female) 
  • Subscriber-only giveaways and chat emotes during streams

Find out more about all of the FanFest live stream options on the EVE Online site.

EVE Online News - Fanfest to Feature Live Steaming Throughout the Event

EVE Online News – VR Dogfighting IN SPACE

I’ll admit that I have a peculiar fascination with the EVE franchise, even though I’ve yet to partake in anything related to EVE Online first-hand.  There’s something decidedly hardcore about CCP Games’ flagship title that speaks to me, and although Dust 514 didn’t turn out so excitingly, the spinoff certainly still piqued my interest.

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's EVE Valkyrie: Dogfighting in SPACE.

EVE Online News – Scylla Update Goes Live

Testing out the new update site, CCP has revealed that the EVE Online Scylla update is now live. The update site is a newly revealed subsite of the main EVE site that is a clearinghouse for all past and future patches to the game.

The Scylla patch brings new ship rebalancing, updates to rail guns, and more into the game, including:

  • the new Download-on-Demand client updater. Players can choose what to download and when which also has given CCP the ability to bring hi-rez textures / graphics into EVE
  • the shut down of fighter delegations from Carriers and Super Carriers
  • CSPA charges for new pilots goes to 0 ISK
  • the rebalancing of the T3 cruiser subsystems
  • a new Scylla theme song
  • a "bigger and better" starmap, currently in beta stage

<> Check out the full list of changes and read the attendant developer blogs on the EVE Online update site.

EVE Online News – Fanfest Keynote Hinted to Feature Big News

The 2015 Fanfest, centered squarely around EVE, Valkyrie and DUST 514, is underway. We're here to post some of the highlights from the keynote address that is set to begin in about ten minutes at 10:00 Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. Refresh the page often to check out the updates during what has been promised to be an important and exciting keynote.

Want to watch for yourself? Tune into the CCP Fanfest Twtich.tv channel.

The Keynote begins with a review of the past year's achievements, including eight updates, with the ninth on the way next Tuesday.

Three finalist videos for "This Is Eve" contest being shown, the winner being shown in full.

Council of Stellar Management #10 – A record number of applicants and final candidates. Lots of campaign activity and a higher voter turnout than last year. New council announced, including re-elected members from CSM #9.

The shift from two expansions to ten releases has worked really well for us. The team will continue to do bigger code deployments every five weeks or so. Big updates will still be named and continue to be described as before in blogs, images, etc.

EVE Updates, a new website that shows the updates and when they will be coming to players. Updates will have release dates, but content could be released in between major dates.

To improve the player experience includes a Technical Support site with videos, ticketing, and self help topics to make solving issues more quickly.

The first phase of two factor authentication is being implemented beginning April 28th and players will be able to choose to use it or not. In phase one, log ins to EVE sites and account management will be protected.

Download on Demand will begin on March 24th. Files will be downloaded as they are encountered beyond the game. The experience is very smooth. The launcher can pre-fetch all the assets in the game on demand. This allows for hi-rez textures, something players have been asking for for a long time. There was no feasible way to deliver those before. Now it will be a setting that can be chosen via on demand.

102 out of 130 new ship faction skins will be coming to the game on April 29th that can be purchased and become permanent. The next set of skins will not be faction-specific.

EVE Online News - Fanfest Keynote Hinted to Feature Big News