CCP's PC online space trading/combat game EVE Online
has reached a milestone, reporting a record peak of 45,186 concurrent users on its single-shard server.
"It is truly a testament to our loyal fans that 5 years into EVE
's existence we are still breaking records and more people are flying in New Eden than ever before," said the company, announcing the record
's official blog.
, which launched in 2003, exceeded 240,000 active subscribers earlier in 2008 as it celebrated its fifth anniversary with year-over-year gains in its userbase.
The game now features a player-driven democratic society via its elected Council of Stellar Management, and an elaborate in-game economy watched over by former real-world economist Dr. Eyjolfur Gudmundsson.
In a recent interview
with Gamasutra, Gudmundsson said the EVE
's single-shard server is essential to the nature of the game, likening it to a "nation state, with all the institutions that come along with that."