BlogBanter #73 – Augment my reality! Make me mobile!

BlogBanters seem to be quite popular and just because the initial questions in Grameks “german” version (Das Bloggecho) are not yet interesting for me, I join @Drackarn in his actual BlogBanter topic “The Other EVE Game” where he asks for an idea what other games we want to play in the EVE universe….

So soon(tm) we will have Eve Online, Valkyrie, Gunjack and the as yet untitled FPS to replace DUST 514/Project Legion. Are we missing anything else? Are then any other games CCP should be looking into? Colony building simulators in the style of Sim City or Rimworld. Should it be on a grander scale link Civilisation or Stronghold Kingdoms. How about RTS games ala Command and Conquer? Survival games such as Dust? Planet based combat like World of Tanks? Would you like to see other game types expanding the Eve Universe or should CCP stick to what it knows?

CCP games is one of the most innovative producers of video games in the world. Titles like Valkyrie, Gunjack and the platform connecting DUST 514 – Projekt where outstanding examples how thinking ahead can improve the development of new technologies and new ways to play. Following the idea to create a new game in the rich universe of New Eden is also the idea of including some new innovative technology or include already existing technologies.

In the past CCP developed most of their new technology with research partners like Sony for DUST 514. To be honest, every type of game, from FPS to RTS and even simple puzzle games can easily be created by a small team of developers withing a few week. That’s not a big task.

Dust 514 / Project Legion

Dust 514 / Project Legion

 

Think bigger!

The big task is about getting this brand new game connected with a hype or something which makes it spectacular and giving it a stand-alone factor in a world, where daily hundreds of video games compete with each other. CCP isn’t much about a copy&paste attitude. They always create something new, and I’m sure they will do so, when they start thinking augmented and mobile.

Let’s dream a bit about the future. For years now, the niche of mobile gaming became more and more important and some gaming franchises were later ported into an Android or iOS Version. But there hasn’t been any great attempts by CCP to cover that niche. So, what about a small EVE Online based game, that I can carry around with me. That I can play in the bus and literally everywhere where I go? A New Eden for my pocket?

The type of game isn’t that much important – of course it should be innovative – but, in my opinion, it’s more important that CCP takes a closer look to mobile devices or specially to “new” devices that will be released within the next year like Microsofts “Hololens” or the Google “Glass”.

Augmented Reality and Gamification

Star Wars Episode I - Racer

What about an EVE Online Racing game? (c) Lucasarts 2001

One of the main topics in mobile gaming is the subject of augmented reality or gamification of your daily grind. Both are very playful approaches to new technologies and kinda fun when correctly put into effect. I’d like to see somekinda this games with EVE content.

Maybe an AR version of Gunjack or Valkyrie? Or just a showroom where I can virtually fly a fighter through my office at work like the USB Rifter! What about a superfun racing game like the Star Wars: Episode 1 Pod Racer? Just with EVE ships, racing through old infested mining colonies or asteroid belts!

I’m sure hundreds of amazing idea would come to my mind, when I really think about how to actually implement the EVE Universe into a mobile gaming device. For now it is just an idea, but maybe we can hope for some new announcement at Fanfest 2016 in Reykjavik/Iceland. Sadly I can’t attend there but hopefully I’ll find a few minutes to watch the amazing live stream.

 

Thanks a lot for reading! Write your comments below and follow me on twitter! 🙂

 

Fly safe

Jezaja

 

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