Eve Online demoed on Android

CCP Games, makers of the popular sci-fi MMO Eve Online, showed of parts of the game running on an unnamed Android Tegra 2-powered phone and tablet this weekend at the annual Eve Fanfest. While playing the full game (POS bashing shown above) is probably out of the question thanks to hardware limitations, CCP did show off a tech demo of the game's ship fitter interface running. Other features that could be supported if the project ends up getting released include market trading and managing skill queues. Importantly, CCP stated that any mobile version of Eve would exist side-by-side with the full game so additional features like being able to access in-game chat and mail wouldn't be out of the question. 

As a current player of Eve Online (bonus points if you can find my Hyperion in the image above!), this news has me excited perhaps a bit more than many of our readers. But having having a game like Eve running on Android helps prove the gaming strength of the platform as powerful gaming chips like the Tegra 2 become ever more common. And it is also worth noting that CCP appears to have no plans to bring this app to iOS - perhaps due to Apple's somewhat unclear stance on in-app subscription services.

Before anyone gets too excited about touching their internet spaceships, it should be noted that CCP has a nebulous-at-best record with regards to delivering on promised new features. Walking-in-stations was announced back in 2006 and still has yet to hit New Eden's massive server, so it is possible this tech demo will never see a general release. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go get my gate camp on. [Gamasutra via Massively]

 
There are 9 comments

DrWu says:

This is awesome news! Just having the ability to manage the skill queue would be incredible...chat would be great too!

smooney3 says:

Nice. I've been debating reactivating my account. This might just convince me if they actually get it going.

long404 says:

fighting on a tablet will be a freaking nightmare :)
still it's great to be able to change the skill in a plane!
Good Job!

That would be awesome to change skills/read mail/or do the market off my phone!! Way to go CCP!! And hello to you fellow EVE player!! See you on the battlefield! ;)

Oskiee says:

... I already Remote into my computer at home from work so i can play, the last thing i need is for the game on my phone, ill just never ever stop playing then.

sookster54 says:

Now if only Bioware ports Star Wars: The Old Republic to tablets...

oldpueblo says:

But can you scam with it?

rabaker07 says:

Oh great. As if the text in that game wasn't hard enough to read on my 24" monitor at home!! :p

CavemanOOGA says:

Wow, if they can make the user interface workable on a tablet, I may just have to pick a XOOM one day.