CCP Games is currently working on what has to be one of the most anticipated virtual reality (VR) dedicated videogames, EVE: Valkyrie. The multiplayer space combat experience has become something of a poster child for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), having been taken to many industry events to officially showcase the technology over the past few years. CCP Games is also bring the title to the Project Morpheus HMD on PlayStation 4. As it turns out, the developer could now be working on a project for the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD.
A hint of such a project comes from CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar, who recently took to Twitter to post a teaser for this year’s upcoming EVE Fanfest event. “Can’t wait for EVE Fanfest to come to share all the cool stuff our teams are doing! #virtualreality,” Veigar said. Just the tease of VR coming to EVE Fanfest is exciting in its own right but Veigar concluded the post with an image of himself wearing Gear VR as seen below. Is this a tease that the company is working on a project for the device?
If true, what could the developer be working on for the platform? Is a port of EVE: Valkyrie, which runs with Epic Games Unreal Engine 4, possible? The toolset is compatible with the hardware, so it could potentially happen if CCP Games is ready to make some cuts to get the title running on a smartphone and not the PCs and PlayStation 4s with which it has been previously showcased. Gear VR runs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which is a powerful smartphone in its own right but certainly not on the level of EVE: Valkyrie‘s other platforms.
EVE Fanfest is set to take place on 19th – 21st March 2015 in Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland. Last year the company brought VR to the show in full force, confirming that EVE: Valkyrie was transitioning its online brand of dog fighting to Unreal Engine 4. With the release of the consumer versions of these HMDs thought to be nearing, could launch dates for EVE: Valkyrie also be on the way? VRFocus will continue to follow the title closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.