Posts Tagged ‘ccp’

World of Darkness Goes Dark

14 April 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

Another one bites the dust… this time before it’s even live. CCP announced this morning that it is halting all development on the World of Darkness MMO, and focusing its studio entirely upon the EVE franchise.  The 56 employees at the Atlanta studio that had been working on the MMO have lost their jobs due to the decision to cease development. Some have been offered positions elsewhere in the company, but for most, it’s time to put on the job-hunting hat.
CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson stated that it was a hard decision, but one that had to be made as they were falling regrettably short of their goal of making an engaging sandbox experience that transported the player fully into the World of Darkness.

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Eve Online Winter Ship Update

12 September 2012 | 3 Comments » | Pherephassa


For a niche game as old as Eve is, it’s still going remarkably strong. Coming this winter is a new expansion, bringing with it a massive ship update. A massive 40 ships are being updated, which is 20% of all the available ships. CCP wants to ensure that new players are more competitive; with the addition of many new ships over the years the Tech 1 cruisers are much less viable than they were initially, so the entire Tech 1 cruiser line – 16 ships – are being redone. 4 Tier 1 destroyers are being upgraded, and they are bringing in 4 new destroyers as well. Their priority has been with the frigates – 16 of which are seeing massive updates.

Hit the jump for more details.

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CCP Launches Anti-Bullying Investigate in Response to Eve Fanfest Player Panel

26 March 2012 | 3 Comments » | Mike

Eurogamer is reporting that CCP has launched an investigation against CSM chairman, Alexander ‘The Mittani’ Gianturco, after he presented at Eve Fanfest during the “unfiltered” player panel last week.

Eve Online, like the real world, is one of the few MMORPGs, if not the only, that allows its players to participate in in-game crimes and scams; allowing players to steal in-game items and currency from each other.

During his presentation, The Mittani aired out a private conversation with one of the Eve Online players that he had scammed.The victim revealed that he had recently gone through a divorce and had become depressed, to which The Mittani mocked during his rant, stating “We’re sure that he’s not dead” and “he might have committed suicide.

The Mittani then revealed the player’s in-game username and encouraged the audience and viewers watching to find the player in-game to harrass them, in the hopes he would eventually act out on his depression and commit suicide.

CCP public relations and social media speicalist, Ned Cokes, responded with the following statements,

“I want to reassure you that CCP in no way condones the harassment of players, especially those who suffer from depression or suicidal thoughts, as we understand the possible consequences of such abhorrent behaviour,” 

While the content of online interactions between players cannot realistically be gated within our game worlds, we do take very seriously accusations of such behaviour between our players

We are undertaking a full internal review of this panel as well as the process used for vetting the panel’s materials. Even though this panel was billed as unfiltered by CCP, we expect public presentations to be courteous and professional towards others.

I realize this was the “unfiltered” portion of the event, but for the head of the Eve Online player elected CSM to blatantly show no regard for other players well-being, is quite shocking. I watched part of his speech during the live stream and couldn’t stomach his personality for more than a few mins. Sorry, but he just seemed like a complete asshole to me; I don’t care if he was drunk. I turned it off after he read the messages between him and the victim, before he gave out the players username and asked the audience to harass him, but I’m not surprised he went on to do that.

It will be interesting to see what CCP does to address the issue, but I think The Mittani can kiss his CMS chairman position goodbye.

TERA To Feature “RIFT” Like Invasions

9 March 2012 | 7 Comments » | Mike

Called the Nexus system, TERA will feature “dynamic” public events where portals will randomly open up in the game world, allowing monsters from the enemy’s realm to pour in. Pretty much the same thing that is implemented into RIFT‘s system.

When a “Nexus portal” opens up, a message will be announced on the server, and all players will receive a quest to help defend against the invasion. Players who successfully help defend will then receive rare and powerful items.

Being a MMO game with open PvP, I’m not quite sure how this will work,  as I’m sure some players, or guilds that are warring with each other, will take this as an opportunity to attack the defenders. Not that I will mind that; it’s a hell of a lot more dynamic then what RIFT has.

However, it’s still disappointing that En Masse is just copying what Trion has already done. Why not innovate some, instead of a boring scripted PvE event. Allow guilds to open up their own portals to attack players or enemy guilds? How great would that be? One guild might be in the middle of a group quest or raid, the guild they’re warring against learns where they are, teleports in, and all hell breaks loose.  That would be something to write about.

Apart from revealing the “Nexus system”, En Masse also revealed it will have a “PLEX” like system that EVE Online currently uses. An in-game item/currency will be available for players to buy, with real money, and can then be used to add game-time to their accounts. Like EVE‘s PLEX system, this will allows players to potentially play for free: if they collect enough of the currency. Although, this also creates a backdoor real money trade (RMT) market for those buying more than they need, and selling the items in-game for in-game currency.

Source: Massively

DUST 514 Will Be Free-to-Play + No PS Vita

5 March 2012 | 1 Comment » | Mike

CCP revealed quite a bit of information about DUST 514 today; the biggest being that they are dropping their “cover charge” and are going completely free-to-play with it. Initially, CCP stated that the game would be free, however, would require players to purchase between $10-20 worth of in-game currency upon first log in. Thankfully, CCP has seen the light, and has now dropped that fee.

Also revealed today is that DUST 514 will not be playable on the Playstation Vita. The PS Vita is the new hand-held gaming device from Sony that allows PS3 players to continue their game on the Vita. Players will be able to access their DUST 514 accounts to access the market, equip, customize their characters, vehicles, and more; however, they won’t be able to actively play the game.

Of course, it is not completely out of the picture either. DUST 514 executive producer Brandon Laurino stated,

As we continue to explore what the possibilities are, between Vita and PS3, of which there are many, we’ll keep updating the app with stuff like that over time. 

Later this month, at Eve Fanfest, DUST 514 will be available to attendees for the first time.  Eve Fanfest is planned for March 22-24 and will be in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Eve Online: Welcome to CDIA Pilot Orientation

7 February 2012 | 3 Comments » | Mike

Not only did Eve Online get a brand new website today, but we have a new trailer called “CDIA Pilot Orientation” in HD. The trailer is aimed at recruiting new players to Eve Online and once again looks amazing. CCP definitely makes some of the best MMO trailers around.

The “CDIA Pilot Orientation” video provides an insight into the first steps new pilots can make in New Eden, and the many choices available to them in the future.

Below you can view the full Eve orientation trailer.

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DUST 514 Closed Beta Signups Open

6 February 2012 | 6 Comments » | Mike

CCP has officially opened sign-ups to its upcoming MMOFPS, DUST 514. The first round of sign-ups are opened exclusively to active Eve Online players, although registration does not guarantee entry.

The first round of closed beta tests, dubbed DUST 514: Mordu’s Private Trials, is live today, so if you’re an Eve player with a Playstation 3 and want to give it a go, head over to the Eve site to signup.

No info as to when the next CBT round will begin, or when it will open up to non-Eve Online players, so the rest of us will just have to wait.

Lore Hound MMOcast 14: Betas are Underhanded Demos

17 July 2010 | 5 Comments » | LHStaff

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Join iTZKooPA, Amatera, and Juggynaut as they discuss the latest news in the MMOG world. Topics for the week include:

  • League of Legends Season One Is Upon Us
  • Fallen Earth July State of the Game
  • Jagex, the creator of RuneScape, announced Stellar Dawn, a browser-based sci-fi MMOG. Closed beta apps now accepted. 2011 release date, no details announced.
  • Star Trek Online Season Two previewed
  • Rumor” has it that STO is going to join DDO and LotRO in going from premium to free-to-play.
  • CCP, EVE Online developer, doesn’t mind if Dust 514 has an anemic launch.
  • APB overhauling key aspects of “action” gameplay.
  • Discussion (inspired by KIASA): When in beta or alpha, do you believe the developers actually heed many community concerns? What about after the game goes live?

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