EVE Online will kick off its first ever crossover occasion later this month when CCP Video games groups up with the BBC to carry Physician Who to the large MMO galaxy of New Eden.
EVE On-line x Physician Who, because it’s correctly recognized, will add a brand new “Gallifrey-themed area” to the sport by which gamers will seek for artifacts from the Nice Time Warfare that may finally make them a showdown with the notorious Daleks. Victory (or at the least survival) will end in distinctive rewards that may be taken again into EVE On-line correct, whereas a separate login marketing campaign will supply a shot at Physician Who-themed objects for all gamers, even those that do not need to sq. off in opposition to Staff Exterminate.
“2022 might be off to an (inter)stellar begin with EVE On-line x Physician Who,” EVE On-line inventive director Bergur Finnbogason mentioned in a press release. “We’re at all times pushing the boundaries of what’s potential in EVE On-line. Collaborating with BBC Studios offers us the chance to pay homage to an iconic collection that has impressed us at CCP.”
“EVE On-line x Physician Who not solely brings two iconic universes collectively, but in addition the passionate Whovians with the just-as-passionate pilots of New Eden,” BBC Studios senior producer Kevin Jorge mentioned. “By bringing the fanbases collectively, the already large battles of EVE On-line are positive to change into much more explosive. Solely time will inform if New Eden’s fiercest pilots have what it takes to problem the would possibly of the Daleks.”
This is not the Physician’s first foray into videogames, however it’s, as I discussed, the primary main collaboration for EVE On-line, and the response hasn’t been universally constructive. The teaser embedded above, for example, presently has extra dislikes than likes (279 likes vs 410 dislikes), and the EVE Online subreddit is equally divided: Some gamers assume the crossover is innocent and probably even enjoyable, however fairly a number of others view it as both a determined effort to increase the participant base, or a drain on assets that may be put to raised use elsewhere.
There’s additionally some attention-grabbing dialogue about how the broader narrative of Physician Who—a low-budget youngsters’s present, if we’re being sincere with ourselves—suits with the bare-knuckle world of EVE. A number of redditors posted strategies for higher crossover suits, like The Expanse, Firefly, Dune, Battlestar Galactica, even Stargate, however one made case for why, as a lot as they hate it, Physician Who actually is your best option.
“Whereas I believe a Dr Who crossover is profoundly silly, and think about all three dwell motion Stargate franchises to be amongst the most effective sci-fi collection ever made, time journey might be a essential element of introducing any of those franchises to the EVE universe,” redditor Slavir_Nabru explained. “Stargate is ready ‘now’, skipping 21,000 years into the longer term to match the setting of EVE would make the Tau’ri unrecognizable. Star Trek can be in the identical boat, even the far future setting of Discovery seasons 3 and 4 is tens of hundreds of years in EVE’s previous.
“In the event that they need to do a crossover with a sci-fi franchise, Dr Who is without doubt one of the extra appropriate ones at the least. The timeline of Dr Who truly encapsulates the timeline of EVE. Continuity points are simpler to keep away from with ubiquitous time journey as a plot ingredient. Once more. Profoundly silly. I hate it. But it surely’s extra affordable than most various crossovers.”
It is a coherent argument, though as redittor wallywot pointed out, it does fail on one main level: “There is not a SINGLE FUCKING PHONE BOOTH in EVE On-line.”
EVE On-line x Physician Who is ready to start on January 13 and can run till February 1. Additional particulars about what’s in retailer might be revealed via the EVE On-line information web page and social media channels, and at eveonline.com.