A boxed collector’s edition with unique DLC was about par for this year’s Fanfest. Done deals for a comic and major TV series probably weren’t.
With EVE Online’s tenth anniversary just around the corner, fans of the delightfully complex space-MMO might have expected something interesting from the annual Fanfest keynote. A boxed collector’s edition with unique DLC was about par for the course. Done deals for a comic and major TV series probably weren’t.
EVE has always been very much player-led, from its unique economy to the backstabbing of corporations. Speaking to Penny Arcade’s Ben Kuchera, creative director Torfi Frans Ólafsson explained how both of their undertakings will be driven by player actions within the universe.
“In order to capture these stories, we built a crowd-sourcing website to collect true stories, where players submit their own stories, they discuss them, and they debate whether it’s actually true or not. Then people will vote on the stories.”
This is no mere marketing push for a flagging title, or an upcoming one. Dark Horse, most recently employed to translate Zelda anthology Hyrule Historia, are down to produce a 64-page comic book for a free digital and limited physical release. A seperate 184-page hardback will cover the entrenched lore of the series, and include previously unseen concept art.
If TV sounds like a cop-out after that, it’s seemingly because a movie wouldn’t have been long enough. When Contraband and Two Guns director Baltasar Kormákur is finished with an HBO pilot, he’ll be taking the reins on a live action rendition.
CCP’s heart certainly seems to be in it, and while concerns around quality and funding may linger, the next couple of years in game adaptations are looking very interesting indeed.