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Offline Nigama

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Mobile gaming?
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:49:01 pm »
“Sean’s extensive experience in the games industry will be extremely valuable for us as we enter the second decade of the EVE Universe,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP.  “The next few years will be the most important in the company’s history, as we build on the launch of DUST 514, expand EVE Online, continue development of World of Darkness, and kick start our efforts in mobile gaming.”
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Mobile gaming?  WTF?!  Please tell me this not another project that is going to take away from WoD development.  Anyone have any clue what Hilmar is referring to?  Is it just stuff like check the market in EVE from your phone, or is this something larger?

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Re: Mobile gaming?
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2013, 08:15:09 pm »

I'm guessing they are hoping to use this to bring in more crowd to their core titles.
Mobile apps for EVE Online already exists AFAIK and WoDMMO is probably going to have its own version but these are not really stand alone games.

I think its all about them identifying something that is missing in Mobile gaming and filling the niche.

I'd really hate to see CCP gradually turning into a casual games company that tries to be a clone of EA or Blizzard.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2013, 10:18:08 am by Radical21 »

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Re: Mobile gaming?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2013, 03:43:14 am »
If you look for jobs on CCP's website, you'll sometimes see a request for somebody familiar with iPhone systems and apps and stuff. I think they're looking to expand their market into the cell phone app business, like just about every other company wants to. "Play for Free" sounds exactly like the app business model.
So... yeah. Another distraction from the WODMMO, unless this "Decker" is going to focus on making the WODMMO a "free"-to-play model.
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Re: Mobile gaming?
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2013, 09:48:06 am »
CCP has hinted already that they want their projects to incorporate mobile features in the future, and specifically mentioned keeping in constant contact with in game friends.

My guess is that both EVE and WOD will eventually (perhaps from the start for WOD) have an Android/iOS application that allows you to do various basic things that interface with the game. Message your in-game friends (which would show up both in-game and on their own app), read your in-game mail being the baseline. Of course the idea could go much further, including managing marketplace bids and auctions, getting live alerts about stuff happening that may interest you, corp chat in real time anywhere, maybe an 'Armory' sort of thing where you can see characters and how they look, etc. Its always been something I wanted to see tacked on to MMORPGs, and its definitely coming very soon for many titles now that smartphones are ubiquitous.

Of course it has an upside for the company. Such an app will of course also allow RMT transactions and would likely include (hopefully discreet) advertisements for that.

Of course all that has the potential of escalating MMO addiction to whole new levels ;)
« Last Edit: July 06, 2013, 09:49:45 am by Valamyr »

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Re: Mobile gaming?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2013, 09:08:19 pm »
It's already fairly widespread.

Eve has an API interface whereby players can provide a "key" to 3rd party software that grants a variety of capabilities.  In its simplest form, it allows recruiters to perform a background check on new applicants by reading their in-game mail, seeing their wallet transactions, etc.  In its more elaborate forms, it allows members of an organization to share real-time information, or even collaborate on making real-time maps out of constantly shifting environments like w-space.  I use both extensively, and my job would be very difficult without it.

On my iPhone I use a 3rd party app to read my in-game mail, check my market buy and sell orders and review my alliance's latest kills/losses.

Dust has (or will have?  I don't own a Vita) an official Vita plug-in that allows Dust players to interact more directly with their game world than Eve's API services currently allow.

So a developer, CCP is clearly leaning towards an "always on" connection between players and their characters.


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