For the past few weeks EVE Online developer CCP Games has been teasing expanding work in virtual reality (VR) technology. The team is of course already working on anticipated VR multiplayer space combat title, EVE: Valkyrie, but has also been showing individuals mysterious VR tech demos and even projects for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). Today at the studio’s annual EVE Fanfest even in Reykjavik, Iceland, the company announced that it has formed a set of teams known as ‘VR Labs’, dedicated to experimenting with VR.
Two VR Labs teams exist and are currently located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Shanghai, China. Though it hasn’t been outright stated, these are more than likely the teams behind the demos that CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar was teasing earlier in the month at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, USA. CCP Games is yet to announce any official videogames that the teams might be working on, with their efforts primarily focused on tech demos and experiments for now.
It’s certainly intriguing to hear that CCP Games is doing much more with VR than the one videogame. The company has mainly concerned itself with expanding its EVE universe in the past; could another VR title set in the lore be in the works? Or is the developer perhaps preparing a new IP. EVE: Valkyrie, which is due to arrive on both PC and PlayStation 4, has become something of a staple for Oculus VR to showcase the Oculus Rift HMD with at industry events. With that in mind, it looks like CCP Games is positioning itself to become a major player in VR development as the technology hits the consumer market.
VRFocus will continue to follow all of CCP Games’ work in VR, reporting back with any further updates from the developer.