CCP Games announces EVE Online mobile game called Project Galaxy

CCP has just announced a brand-new mobile MMO, being built in conjunction with NetEase. It’s called Project Galaxy, and yes, it’s intended as the mobile version of EVE Online.

CCP has apparently deleted the tweet, but here’s what the text said:

Update: And now a new version of the tweet is up. Identical text.

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Aaron Biegalski

I just don’t understand this “Mobile MMO” thing that is happening lately.

Are there really people out there playing MMOs on cell phones? Who has that kind of time when they are out and about? Or are these insane people sitting at home on the couch playing a mobile MMO?

…am I just getting old?

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J

The old mobile hard pass from me. Want your MMO to be even more antisocial. Make it mobile.

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PurpleCopper

Wait, what? So there’s TWO mobile EVE-ish games now? War of Ascension looks to be EVE-inspired-ish stuff, but Galaxy is EVE-lite?

I’ll probably never play EVE in a million years, but a less complex and more casual mobile version of EVE? I’ll give it a shot.

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Sally Bowls

Ever the pendant, I am annoyed at “reveal #ProjectGalaxy” I thought Projects were what CCP called funded efforts they were working on but there was no commitment to launch. So if they are revealing it, it is past the project stage.
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“and yes, it’s intended as the mobile version of EVE Online.” Interesting!

In October we had
https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/06/eve-online-mobile-next-year-project-aurora/

Now the team is partnering with mobile game developer PlayRaven to bring Eve Online-style multiplayer action to mobile devices. Dubbed “Project Aurora,” the upcoming title for iOS and Android is set to launch later in 2018.

Project Aurora will be set in the same universe as Eve Online, but will not be integrated with the MMO, PlayRaven confirmed to Engadget.

So in October CCP was talking about their first mobile gaming being by Playraven, in 2018, for Android and iOS. In April, it was named “Previously announced as Project Aurora, Kongregate is proud to partner wth @CCPGames and @PlayRavenInc to announce ‘EVE: War of Ascension’ is Launching Later in 2018.”

So we now have two mobile games announced from CCP? So if there are twice as many mobile as non-mobile EVE games, can we start referring to CCP as a mobile studio with a legacy, F2P desktop game? :-)

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Denice J. Cook

Doesn’t 90% of the world use Android though? :)

And what happened to the PC shooter called Project Nova they were working on that was due out this fall? Is this an offshoot of that, or did the new PC FPS go caput like most of the others?

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Sally Bowls

Doesn’t 90% of the world use Android though? :)

Like a lot of statistics, they can dance to whoever is framing the question.
So pick one, they are all true:

a) Android ships a lot more phones than iOS.

b) But a lot of the Android volume is in “$25” “smartphones” in places like India and China. A half-billion extra low-end phones will have zero influence on a company selling a luxury like games. (I factoid I heard in one of these discussions is that a barrier to smartphone growth in India is 24% IIRC illiteracy – say 300 million people.) So looking at phones that can run demanding apps, then Apple may – but probably is not – in the lead but it is much, much closer.

c) AR capable phones – Here Apple has an overwhelming lead, both in terms of the number of AR-capable phones (any this generation Apples has the A11 chip) and software.

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Armsman

CCP Announcer: “Yes, in our PROUD tradition of branching projects based on, but separate from EVE Online that FAIL BIG TIME – we present our latest attempt…the EVE Online mobile game “Project Galaxy” <— Which we'll probably abandon within 3 months, tops…"

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Dug From The Earth

When will these companies realize… contracting one of the bigger mobile companies to do a mobile port of your game (like netease) is just going to result with 1 more mobile garbage clone game.

This is not going to make current EvE players feel like they are playing EvE on their phone

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Sally Bowls

This is not going to make current EvE players feel like they are playing EvE on their phone

But why should CCP care that much about current EVE players, at least for these new products? IMO, it seems like CCP has given up they can grow EVE significantly. If the goal is to please EVE players, then the best way to do that is to spend the profits from EVE on EVE. CCP seems to have given up on that and it makes sense to me. The goal seems to be to invest some in the EVE cash cow to keep existing players kinda happy and then use the rest of the EVE profits to fund products that will allow players who don’t play EVE to also give CCP money. It does not matter what the EVE players think about the new products, they are not the target market. “Not feel like EVE” is probably a design requirement of any of these new products.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

No real info, just an attempt to get some traction or otherwise get associated with the ARKit 2 announcement at WWDC. CCP says they have no further info, so something of a wasted effort for now.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

There is actually a glimpse of what they are working on in the video down the page on the Apple ARKit 2 page. I am not sure how AR makes it better, but the ships and structures are recognizable as being from New Eden.

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johnwillo

Looking forward to Dust for Android.

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Denice J. Cook

Right? They’ve got to use those assets successfully *somewhere.* ;) Maybe it won’t seem quite so dated there. ;)