EVE On-line Maker CCP Video games Raises $30 Million For VR Video games
CCP Video games, the corporate behind the massively multiplayer on-line roleplaying recreation EVE On-line, simply raised one other $30 million from Novator and NEA. However this time, the funding spherical isn’t about supporting the 12-yr-previous MMORPG, it’s all about digital actuality video games.
CCP Video games isn’t a brand new shiny startup. Based in 1997, they spent years engaged on an formidable multiplayer recreation for PC, Eve On-line. As one of the revolutionary sandbox recreation with a participant-pushed financial system, the sport thrived, reaching 500,000 month-to-month subscribers in February 2013. However the firm has stopped reporting the variety of subscribers since then.
In different phrases, CCP Video games is on the lookout for its second act. The corporate launched one other recreation with a purpose to diversify its income. However Mud 514, a free-to-play first-individual shooter for the PlayStation three, isn’t a business breakthrough. World of Darkness, one other multiplayer recreation, was canceled after years of improvement and led to many layoffs.
And but, a number of staff might have by accident discovered an answer. They labored on an area fight demo in digital actuality for the 2013 Eve Fanfest. EVE-VR later turned EVE Valkyrie and was one of many first recreation prototypes for the Oculus Rift. The corporate continues to be engaged on it and hopes to launch it for the Oculus Rift and PlaySation VR in 2016.
You management your spaceship with a controller, and you may transfer your head round within the cockpit with a VR headset. There are a number of nifty interactions relying on the place you look as properly.
The corporate has additionally been engaged on one other VR recreation, Gunjack. This recreation works with Samsung’s Gear VR and a Samsung telephone. As anticipated, it isn’t as immersive as Eve Valkyrie provided that the sport runs on a telephone, nevertheless it’s a pleasant demo for Samsung’s headset. The sport shall be launched subsequent month.
So CCP Video games is betting massive on digital actuality. Let’s hope that it’s not a fad and that folks will even have VR headsets at house. If that’s the case, the corporate could possibly be properly-positioned to launch the primary blockbuster video games in digital actuality.