CCP and Hadean set up 10,000-player deathmatch

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Eve Online developer CCP Games and streaming engine company Hadean have joined forces to set up a 10,000-player space deathmatch.

The huge space brawl – designed to showcase the abilities of Hadean’s Aether Engine – will take place during GDC 2019 on March 20. CCP Games and Hadean said: “CCP Games, the creators of the in-depth and uniquely player-driven spaceship MMO game EVE Online, has announced a partnership with deep tech start- up Hadean for EVE: Aether Wars, a groundbreaking tech demo that will explore opportunities for largescale multiplayer simulation in CCP’s current and future games.”

Eve Online already holds the Guinness World Record for: “Most concurrent players simultaneously involved in a single multiplayer PvP battle”, which stands at 6,142 players and was set on 23 January 2018. So if all goes according to plan, the EVE: Aether Wars battle should beat that.

“We are thrilled to have the support of CCP Games with EVE: Aether Wars,” said Craig Beddis, Hadean’s CEO. “This move allows us to focus on our strength – building technology that unlocks new creative possibilities for games developers. We have a world-class team of engineers at Hadean creating EVE: Aether Wars and CCP’s expertise ensures that we have the perfect partner to match the pioneering ambition and robust quality of our technology.”

“Hadean’s technology has the potential to unlock huge creative and design-orientated freedom within virtual worlds such as EVE,” said Hilmar V. Pétursson, CCP Games’ CEO. “We are very happy as always to join up with intrepid pioneers setting out to push the boundaries of what is possible. Continuing to do that I believe will bring about the conditions where EVE will outlive us all. We therefore embrace the chance to inject New Eden into the Aether Engine and create the stunning sci-fi spectacle EVE: Aether Wars. I for one am excited to see our internet spaceships from EVE Online and EVE: Valkyrie playing together, enabled by this cutting-edge technology!”

If you’re interested in participating in EVE: Aether Wars, you can – for free. All you need to do is sign up here. And if you’d like to find out more about the venerable space MMO Eve Online itself, visit its website.