Want to know the darkish reality behind Eve: Online‘s infamous mass battles? They’re bloody terrible spectator sports activities. CCP’s house epic could be outfitted to deal with six-thousand gamers, however it’s gotta make some critical compromises. At the top of the day, you’re watching thousand of blips hearth lasers in extreme slow-motion.
Aether Wars, a cloud-powered spin-off centred solely on these huge brutal bashes, has confirmed twice already that Eve can do higher. Now, CCP are gearing up for one more showdown. This time, the battlefield will likely be Steam, with sign-ups for spaceborne slaughter opening at this time.
Created in partnership with cloud-service suppliers Hadean, Aether Wars is an experiment in nailing galactic-scale fights with out counting on methods like time dilation to maintain the servers from catching hearth. This is Phase Three of Aether Wars, following two explosive phases throughout GDC and Gamescom earlier this yr.
Before the principle occasion, CCP and cloud-providers Hadean want to verify the servers are as much as snuff. There are two stress exams to participate in earlier than the document try on the finish of the month. The first takes place tomorrow at 7pm UK time, with one other happening identical time subsequent week.
The foremost occasion takes place every week after that. Aether Wars needs within the document books with probably the most gamers in a single struggle in a web-based game, a title at present held by the 6,142 gamers who fought in Eve: Online’s Siege of 9-Four again in January 2018.
Aether Wars Phase 1 managed to cram 4,369 gamers into the sector throughout GDC earlier this yr. Phase 2 didn’t fairly high that, peaking at simply over three thousand. CCP reckon a convoluted log-in course of stopped the second section from accruing the important mass wanted for a world document.
“Our login process was also a little complex, involving getting an email with a code to people who then had to download a client and then copy paste that code into the client in a particular time window to join us all in our simulation. Unfortunately, because of those issues, we still didn’t break the record.”
Perhaps third time’s the attraction? Phase three will happen on November 29th, and you’ll pre-register by downloading the brand new Steam client launched at this time. By taking the struggle to Steam, CCP reckon they will put collectively a very staggering armada.
There’s no assure you’ll get within the remaining struggle. But free of charge, why not shoot for the celebs?