EVE Vegas 2017: CCP announces new EVE-based mobile MMO Project Aurora

At the opening presentations of EVE Vegas 2017, CCP Games announced that it has teamed up with mobile developer PlayRaven to produce a totally new free-to-play mobile MMO set in the EVE Online universe. Currently codenamed Project Aurora, the new game won’t be connected to the EVE universe directly but is thematically set in EVE and has some similar gameplay elements such as territorial warfare and corporation politics.

Each player in Aurora will take command of an upgradable space station, from which ships can be dispatched to gather resources and capture territory. You’ll find yourself on a star map with other players doing the exact same, and can forge alliances, form corporations, and betray other players just like in EVE. The goal is to fight for possession of ancient artifacts in the centre of the map that you can then use to fix a broken ancient stargate and move onto the next map. Each jump brings you one step closer to the ultimate goal of reaching the center of the galaxy — I’ll take a pause here for those currently experiencing No Man’s Sky flashbacks.

Project Aurora has no release date but PlayRaven has suggested that a full release will come in 2018 on both iOS and Android. Developers showed it off this early in order to get feedback from the EVE community, but the crowd at EVE Vegas gave the game something of a lukewarm initial reception. It remains to be seen whether this studio can translate the core elements that make EVE great into a pocket-sized format, and how popular EVE‘s political metagame will be with mobile gamers.

Disclosure: In accordance with Massively OP’s ethics policy, we must disclose that CCP is paying for our writer’s travel, accommodation, and ticket for this event along with several other members of the gaming press. CCP has neither requested nor been granted any control or influence over our coverage of the event, and the writer is paid exclusively by Massively OP for this work. I also have a terrible cold, thanks Tina!
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kgptzac

“you can then use to fix a broken ancient stargate and move onto the next map”

This sounds terribly like another game… And I’m not thrilled to be reminded of that said game.

Hopefully this mobile game turns out to be good. I did enjoy Galaxy on Fire: Alliances for it essentially being an Eve-lite on mobile, especially with the inter-alliance political intrigue between players. Sadly that game’s development has been ceased for quite some time, and I wouldn’t settle for anything less for an official Eve mobile game.

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silverlock

Kind of seems like CCP’s main strategy is to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.

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Dagget Burmese

The more interesting news today was increasing the skillpoints and ship classes available to alpha (f2p) players in Eve…

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rafael12104

Eve based mobile game? Hmm. So, I’m guessing it is a lot less Eve than mobile.

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agemyth 😩

-Not made by CCP
-No tie ins with EVE Online

I don’t see how this will appeal to anyone who cares about EVE and the chances any mobile game can stand out in that marketplace is already so slim. I guess this is less of an investment and risk than trying to put out Project Legion.

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Loopy

Sounds interesting. I’ve always enjoyed “management” style mobile games. I really really really hope it doesn’t end up being one of those “building this base will take 35 minutes, or if you buy our currency you can build instantly.

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crowstwo

There are 99,99999% chances that it will have times. It’s a mobile game and all of them are plagued with this bs timers. It sounds similar to Hades’ Star only that the new EVE might be a spend all full on PVP.

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agemyth 😩

I see three different timers in those four screenshots and I bet the orange currency is the premium currency used to shortcut things like the timers.

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