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 EVE Online  Dev CCP To Keynote, Reveal Next Game At GDC Europe
EVE Online Dev CCP To Keynote, Reveal Next Game At GDC Europe
June 10, 2009 | By Staff

June 10, 2009 | By Staff
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Hilmar Petursson, chief exec at EVE Online developer CCP, will be keynoting the upcoming Game Developers Conference Europe this August in Cologne, Germany, where he'll unveil the studio's next project.

The exec, who has been with Reykjavik, Iceland-based CCP since 2000, will deliver the keynote "CCP: Winning the War," a presentation centered on his company's growth.

The studio began in relative obscurity, but now lays claim to the space-faring MMORPG EVE Online, which surpassed 300,000 subscribers in May.

At GDC Europe, Petursson will exclusively reveal CCP's latest project, currently in pre-production.

"GDC Europe is gearing up to be one of the industry's most essential events. I am honored to have this opportunity to share some of the valuable lessons CCP has learned with such a prestigious audience," Petursson said.

According to the firm, CCP plans on an "extensive global expansion" as online gaming continues to proliferate in the market.

GDC Europe (part of Think Services, as is Gamasutra) will take place August 17-19 this year in Cologne alongside the inaugural GamesCom trade/consumer game event, and more information is available via the official GDC Europe website.

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Ben Rice
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EVE is a fantastic game, and I am very hesitant about CCP coming out with a new IP.

I suppose it was inevitable, but their commitment to EVE is fairly unique in that they have created, cultivated and become a successful niche MMO in tough times. Because of this, a portion of their fanbase may feel alienated with a new IP.

Of course I could be reading this wrong, it could simply be another free EVE expansion.

David Spencer
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I have a feeling the announcement will be their White Wolf IP.

Brad Kavanagh
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When I read "latest project, currently in pre-production", their White Wolf IP is what I was thinking too. I don't think EVE's development will be hampered by a second CCP game too much; remember that they have an Atlanta studio as well.

Frederico Debotts
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yup....Definetely White Wolf...specially after the venture with White Wolf last year... World of Darkness online! Hell Yeah!

Lance Rund
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The "ethos" of EVE and World of Darkness are about as opposite as you can get.

EVE Online is one of the most hardcore, dry-eyed PVP games in existence. Ayn Rand with spaceships, absolute meritocracy, minimal intervention by the developers, and no tolerance for people wanting a kinder, gentler EVE. Just as in prison, where crying will earn you the neverending contempt of your fellows and the attendant daily beatings (or so I'm told, having never been there because they haven't caught me yet), "you're too mean!" and "it's too hard!" tends to be met with "grow a spine, n00b" and a warp scrambler.

World of Darkness can be (at least when I tried it a long while ago) described as "goth" and often "emo". "We're all DOOOOOOOMED, it's just a short matter of time before The End!". We have a setting in which the various factions (werewolves, changelings, vampires, mages, etc.) each claim to be the guiding dominant force of history AND which ALL hold the ordinary human in contempt. Humanity in general is viewed as sheep to be exploited (at best). There is no hope in World of Darkness, only dancing until the Apocalypse spoils the party.

There's no crying in EVE, but there IS crying in WoD.

The individual human, like it or not, is forced to own his own triumphs and failures in EVE, while in WoD the individual human is a cockroach to be crushed by nonhumans.

It will be very interesting to see how MMOs touting Objectivism and Emo coexist in the same corporate culture.

(note: as mentioned earlier, my WoD experience comes from a long while ago. I'm told that the tone of more recent material is not nearly as fatalistic as it used to be, and am willing to modify my opinion on that if it is indeed the case. And Sam, if you're out there... want another batch of silver bullets to hand out? :)