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What is EVE: Aether Wars?
EVE: Aether Wars is a stress test designed to explore opportunities for large scale multiplayer simulation in CCP’s current and future games by harnessing Hadean’s cloud-based simulation engine - Aether Engine.
What is Aether Engine?
Aether Engine is a pioneering cloud-based simulation engine. Its novel design means that Aether Engine can dynamically use thousands of cloud servers as one 3D space simulation. It means a huge evolution for existing genres like MMORPGs and the creation of brand new gameplay experiences too!
Why 10,000 players?
10,000 players would comfortably beat the current record of 6,142 players in a single online battle, set by the MMORPG EVE Online's community on 23rd of January 2018. We also think 10,000 players will make for a unique gameplay experience.
What type of game is EVE: Aether Wars?
EVE: Aether Wars is a 10,000 player deathmatch. It will be a series of timed matches where all players get dropped into battle. The aim is to kill as many other players as possible within the time limit. If you are destroyed, you respawn and have 10 seconds of invulnerability to establish position before you can start fighting again.
When will EVE: Aether Wars be available?
The EVE: Aether Wars tech demo will be conducted during GDC 2019, on Wednesday 20th March at 10:30am - 11:30am PST / 17:30 - 18:30 UTC/GMT. An email with instructions, links to the download and a unique password will be provided before the test starts. The test is expected to run for about an hour.
How much is EVE: Aether Wars?
EVE: Aether Wars is free to download and play. It does not contain any form of monetization.
What is the relationship between CCP Games and Hadean?
CCP is providing EVE Online and EVE: Valkyrie assets for use in the Aether Engine, enabling Hadean to focus on addressing the challenges faced by developers within large-scale online multiplayer environments. The ongoing collaboration between the two companies will explore opportunities for large scale multiplayer simulation in CCP’s current and future games.
Is EVE: Aether Wars a port of EVE Online to a new type of server?
No - it’s a technology demo using Hadean’s Aether Engine that CCP have been kind enough to lend some of their game assets and knowledge to.
Can I stream the EVE: Aether Wars tech demo to Twitch/YouTube/etc.?
Yes… in fact, we encourage you to stream it! Please use #EVEAetherWars when streaming, so you can join the other fans livestreaming the tech demo at GDC.
If I’m already an EVE Online player, will I be able to use my ships and resources in EVE: Aether Wars?
EVE: Aether Wars is a tech demo that is completely separate from the infrastructure that powers EVE Online. Ships and modules owned by pilots in New Eden will not be available during this test. Free ships will be provided for all testing.
When can I download the EVE: Aether Wars client to try it out?
We’ll be sending out details of how to download, login and what to expect just ahead of the test. Sign up for updates.
Which gaming platforms does EVE: Aether Wars support?
At the moment it’s only available to play on Windows PC - sorry Mac, Linux and console users.
I’ve got technical questions; where can I get some answers?