CCP Games is first known for its hugely popular sci-fi massively multiplayer online (MMO) title, EVE Online. However the company has also become closely associated with virtual reality (VR) technology over the past few years thanks to EVE: Valkyrie, its multiplayer space combat experience coming to the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus head-mounted displays (HMD). This week sees CCP Games host EVE Fanfest, its annual fan event based in Reykjavik, Iceland. VR will play a big part of this year’s show, even taking centre stage in the opening keynote.
CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson will welcome EVE Fanfest attendees in his opening address at 12:00 GMT on 17th March 2015. Enticingly, the keynote is labelled ‘Welcome to Fanfest and the Future of VR’ and will feature an updated look at EVE: Valkyrie ‘and more’. Those that follow VRFocus will know that CCP Games has been teasing expanded work in VR for the past few weeks, showcasing a multiplayer disk-throwing demo on Oculus Rift and a project on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD. Could these projects be revealed in full at this keynote?
That’s far from all that’s VR-related at this year’s Fanfest. EVE: Valkyrie will continue to see coverage with a ‘Meet the Valkyries’ panel taking place at 15:00 on the same day, offering a chance to see the team behind the title and hear about the EVE: Valkyrie tournament that will be running from 14:00 the following day. CCP Games will also be streaming the action, with prizes being handed out to winners.
Alongside the tournament, 20th March sees a number of other VR sessions including ‘The Art of Valkyrie’ at 11:00, ‘Valkyrie Design and Audio’ at 14:00 and ‘Valkyrie Engineering’ at 16:00. Finally, a VR-focused sessions titled ‘Valkyrie VR’ will take place at 13:00 on 21st March.
There’s plenty to see for VR fans at this year’s EVE Fanfest, then. Better yet, EVE TV will be streaming key presentations throughout the show, including the VR keynote. VRFocus will also be at EVE Fanfest to deliver the latest updates on EVE: Valkyrie and any other VR-related announcements.