CCP Games, the publisher-developer behind EVE Online has announced to extend the space simulation game by adding a virtual reality based version of the game for Oculus Rift. Though the project has been in the eyes of the press previously; EVE: Valkyrie has now been officially announced by the publisher at the Gamescom conference.
The idea had been shown to the fans at the EVE Fest this year when it used to be a mere tech demo named EVE-VR. Even in the demo form the game impressed a lot of us, which says a lot about what to expect when it takes the form of a complete game aided by Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift is head mounted virtual reality display that could be out in the market in no time since the June E3 saw its version 2.0 in full flow. The device allows 1080p 3D perspective with 90 degrees horizontal and 110 degrees vertical viewing dimensions.
This could be a game changer!
Valkyrie is expected to come out in the PC market next year when it will introduce multiplayer space combat. If the Fan Fest demo is to be taken as the basis, we are assuming the game to be a 6 on 6 dog fighting experience, though a single player version might also be under consideration.
Currently the Newcastle Studio of CCP is handling the matters along with the guys from CCP head office who were behind the original demo.
We already understand the dominance of CCP in space based games so don’t expect lesser than EVE: Online. That is also for the reason that Valkyrie will be based on the same universe as EVE Online.
In words of CCP’s dead Hilmar Petursson they have “big plans for EVE: Valkyrie and I can’t wait to share more details later this year”.
We are all ears for more!