turned 10 today. Not bad, not bad at all, considering it launched the same year as Shadowbane
and Star Wars: Galaxies
--and both of those massively-multiplayer online (MMO) games went buh-bye. EVE
also outlasted Earth & Beyond
, even though EVE
's developers were warned EVE
would fail because Earth & Beyond
was The Next Big Thing. But, as history tells it, Earth & Beyond
folded after only two short years (2002-2004), while EVE
is still very much alive.
So here we are. The Little Icelandic MMO That Could. EVE
blew out birthday candles this year by handing out fireworks and festival launchers to players in-game. They gave a "Sarum Magnate" frigate to every paying subscriber on Cinco de Mayo, along with stat-boosting implants and unique avatar clothing. There was also another player-run "Flight of 1000 Rifters" event, which had tons of little frigate ships shooting little frigate lasers at a mothership (for scale, picture 1,000 X-Wings trying to take down a Star Destroyer).
All of this contributed to EVE
breaking its concurrent-user record yesterday, with over 65,000 players logged in at one time into the single-shard universe.
To outdo their free-ship generosity from May 5, today they handed out a Gnosis battlecruiser to everyone. Which is cool because the Gnosis looks like Planescape: Torment
's Lady of Pain transformed into an angry Ankh lined with shooty guns.
. Here's to 10 more years.