Popular MMORPG Eve Online will be getting a new expansion called Odyssey on June 4, developer CCP Games announced today at PAX East.
The expansion will include a revamped scanning mechanic, more tweaks to the user interface and even more hidden locations among the solar systems.
Speaking to Polygon, executive producer Jon Lander called Odyssey as a necessary first step to take players back to the game’s original roots.
“Really, 2012 was about getting the foundations in place for a second decade, and Odyssey will be the the first step in that. It’s taking us back to our roots, taking us back to when people first came into the game in 2003 and there’s this huge expanse of the unknown,” he said. “People never really knew what was out there. Were things dangerous? Were they scary? What would they get? What would they lose? Is there going to be some pirate around the corner who’s going to get me?
“Over the years, it’s either become harder to get into it, or people have discovered it all and it’s no longer exciting —there’s no longer a sense of the unknown.”
For more than a year CCP has been working on retaining the current crowd but also attracting new ones. Talking about the UI tweaks, Lander noted how such a step can be hazardous but also important.
“One of the unique and interesting challenges of having a 10-year-old game is, we’ve seen in the past when we just removed something that a lot of our players are very used to and replace it with something else, that’s a very dangerous way to go. You’ve got to be very, very sure of yourself. We had a good examples last year where we got that balance wrong.
“So, listening to the feedback from our players — listening to what they’re telling us — we’ve started reintroducing these concepts now, and introducing these new graphical elements using this new rendering path in addition to what we already have.”
Odyssey will be the 19th expansion to the game which has been attracting sci-fi adventures for nearly a decade.