EVE due to go Online in 2003
1 April 2005 | 0
A new multiplayer online game Eve Online: The Second Genesis is expected to be released early next year. The game has now entered its third stage of beta testing. Eve Online is being developed by Crowd Control Production of Reykjavik, Iceland and is a space trading/combat game for the PC (Windows(r) XP, 2000, ME). Thousands of gamers can compete in the alternate universe.
New features of the game include an Extensive Agent System, where you can receive missions, loans and information from agents; a fully scaled 3D rotating map of the universe; and combat drones, which allows players to launch fighter craft against enemy ships.
The story of Eve revolves around a world far away from Earth, which was reached through a natural wormhole. As we all expected, humans began colonising this new world at a fast rate. Of course, disaster couldn’t be far behind, and it came in the form of the collapse of the EVE gate, leaving thousands of small colonies to fend for themselves. Few survived, and of those that did, five became the major empires that the power: The Amarr Empire, the Gallente Federation, the Caldari State, the Minmatar Republic and the Jovian Empire. For over a hundred years, they have all lived in peace, but of course, this may be all about to change.
Players develop a character to control out of four races — Amarr, Caldari, Minmatar and Gallente. The next step is choosing a profession which can range from bounty hunters to the military. Money is what makes the world go around in EVE’s universe too, it seems, and players can purchase ‘stock’ or get jobs to earn themselves some cash.
The game is expected to ship to Europe in March 2003. If any gamers want to become a beta tester for EVE online, they can sign up at www.eve-online.com. Otherwise, we’ll have to wait patiently until next year to begin building our empires.