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New EVE Expansion Nears, Possible Mobile Plans 74

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As the EVE Online creators ramp things up for the free Apocrypha expansion due out next week, lead designer Noah Ward sat down with MTV's Multiplayer blog to discuss the future of the game and what characteristics continue to keep players interested. Ward says they've considered branching out to consoles, but ended up deciding that the game doesn't really lend itself to console play. He left the door open to using smartphones for "augmenting" gameplay. Ward also mentioned that upcoming space MMOs Jumpgate: Evolution and Star Trek Online are so different from EVE that they're not really worried about direct competition; EVE thrives in part because of the player-generated drama and scandals, which few games pull off as well. Massively has gathered a variety of details about the Apocrypha expansion, which includes the game's first epic mission arc, and they've also posted some screenshots. CCP Games launched a website for the expansion containing concept art and interviews with some of the developers.
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New EVE Expansion Nears, Possible Mobile Plans

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  • A mobile version?

    EVE Online from my Blackberry at work?

    I'll be in heaven, and I won't get much work done.

    • Re: (Score:1, Flamebait)

      by drsquare (530038)

      Ward says they've considered branching out to consoles, but ended up deciding that the game doesn't really lend itself to console play.

      Yeah console gamers generally like to play games more involved than watching your spaceship mine an asteroid for six hours.

      The advantage of EVE Online is that it doesn't really have any graphics so you could play it on anything, even a normal phone. Just select your spaceship to mine an asteroid or travel across the galaxy, put the phone back in your pocket and come back the

      • by BRSloth (578824) *

        IF you decide to mine. I'm doing the missions this time (second character) and it's far away from boring (weeee! Firing three ships at the same time!)

      • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        advantage of EVE Online is that it doesn't really have any graphics so you could play it on anything, even a normal phone. Just select your spaceship to mine an asteroid or travel across the galaxy, put the phone back in your pocket and come back the next day.

        I know you are trying to be sarcastic. It's true that mining in secure systems is just about as exciting as watching paint dry, but these days it's a very minor part of EVE.

        And as for the graphics of EVE - you are wrong. EVE has upgraded the graphics engine about an year ago and with Apocrypha they are phasing out the old "classic" client and adding new models and effects to all the bits that weren't upgraded last time (weapon effects, asteroids, some mission-related models). The minimum for playing EVE aft

        • by Shinobi (19308)

          Actually, while testing the Apocrypha client on SISI, my GMA950 equipped laptop is actually getting more FPS in space using Premium Lite than it ever got with the classic client.

          • I'll have to try my eeepc with that, it got 15 fps at the highest when I tried the classic client on it.
            It has a GMA 945 IIRC.

            • by krenshala (178676)

              I think I get 20 fps with my Mini 9 wigh GMA 945 and 1GB of mem. Of course, I had to reduce

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Carfiend (1274550)
      I suspect it would be something like outofeve where you can view your orders, research jobs, build jobs, pos status and assets from a phone and maybe allow you to adjust orders and what not rather than a full blown client.
      • by MBGMorden (803437)

        Still a nice feature though. I really wish WoW would implement something like this. Give me access to my in-game mail, guild chat, and (assuming I logged out in a major city), the auction house, and I might actually have a reason to finally get a smartphone + data plan :).

  • And for some of us who are diving into wormholes with a passion it's absolutely outstanding. I know I'm currently building up a small alliance or corporations to go in and build a colony.

    It's re-invigorated my game to be sure.

    • Aye, as a long time eve player I am very excited to see this expansion hit. We got some really interesting sneak peaks while at Fanfest. Wormholes will open up all sorts of new industry, exploration, piracy, and small gang combat. IMO CCP has show its genius once again by creating an interesting game mechanic that actually encourages small gangs and smaller scale combat. All while leaving plenty of space for large territorial alliances to fight each other in perpetuity.

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