CCP Games & NetEase Announce EVE: Echoes, A Mobile Spinoff Of EVE Online
In a press release issued October 19, 2018 CCP Games and NetEase formally unveiled EVE: Echoes, a mobile MMO based on the Iclandic studio's Sci-Fi MMORPG EVE Online. The game is set to release sometime in 2019.
Previously known as EVE: Project Galaxy, Echoes will be built on NetEase's proprietary graphics engine NeoX. While details are scarce at this time, it seems likely that the bulk of the development for the Android/iOS title will be done by the Chinese studio NetEase with CCP offering design and other consultation.
Despite the change in platform and key developer, EVE: Echoes promises many of the same features that have made EVE Online standout for the past 15 years: a player-driven sandbox experience where users can explore a massive galaxy, form corporations and forge alliances, plot trade routes, and take part in epic space battles. While we've been given little details on how all this will play out on a mobile device, its clear Echoes will be an ambitious project and that NetEase at least understands what EVE players are looking for.
The emphasis on social systems has, if anything, been overplayed in the official press release. The last sentence is particularly amusing:
A deep and realistic social system is also being developed which will provide players with an interconnected futuristic interstellar lifestyle.
I can't wait to see what an interconnected futuristic interstellar lifestyle looks like!