Whew, challenging to think it, but this will be my final news post for RPS for the foreseeable future. Fitting, then, that it is about going massive and loud and blotting out the heavens themselves with explosions. Eve: Aether Wars is a collaborative tech demo/strain test run by Eve On the internet developers CCP and cloud networking techies Hadean, researching new methods to cram even far more players onto a single shared MMO server.
The 1st Aether Wars occasion ran in the course of Gamescom earlier this year, and squeezed three,852 players into a messy totally free-for-all dogfight, resulting in an impressive 88,988 spaceships exploding. This time they want a complete ten thousand on August 18th. Players are invited to sign up and join in totally free on the appointed day of the rumble. Under, a video about precisely what CCP and Hadean are attempting to obtain right here, plus my personal farewells.
The preceding Aether Wars was, unquestionably, far more a tech demo than game. Players casually spawned, exploded and respawned inside moments of each and every other, having a likelihood to lob a couple of surprisingly large missiles about each and every life. The impressive factor is that it ran smoothly, even with enormous walls of missiles streaking across space. Shots danced and stuttered a tiny, but that felt far more like the server back-finish buckling than something on the user finish. It was a far cry from Eve Online’s time-dilated mega-fights, exactly where it can take ages for actions to bear outcomes.
As they say in the video, they’ve confirmed that they can cram that a lot of players into a single reside instance. “The concentrate now is considerably far more about generating a game that is enjoyable to play” says Hadean’s really serious suit-man Rashid Mansoor. If nothing at all else, the clip they show of Aether Wars: Phase two has me intrigued, with combat this time taking spot in a smoky nebula littered with Titan-class ship hulls. I’m hoping for a slightly far more structured group-fight. Of course, this getting space combat exactly where everyone’s in the identical ship, it is nonetheless a numbers game, but a potentially spectacular 1.
The Greatest Outdoors Fight starts on August 18th, 6pm BST. You can sign up for your (totally free) ticket to the rumble on the Eve: Aether Wars web page right here. Shoot a couple of ships for me, would ya?
And as for me, it is been a terrific almost-two-years manning the RPS news desk, and I’m glad so a lot of of you have enjoyed my function. I’m not going to be disappearing completely from RPS – my Modder Superior column will be continuing, and I’ve got some added attributes waiting in the wings. Nonetheless, if you can not get adequate of me, or just want to see what I’ve got planned subsequent, give me a adhere to over on Twitter. It is been wild, and I’ll be back on Monday with a deep dive on Half-Life mod-turned-monstrosity Sven Co-op.