The CCP Presents Keynote at the annual EVE Online Fanfest is usually a fairly tame retrospective on how CCP has a company has done the past year and where it’s going in the future, but for EVE’s tenth anniversary, CCP broke out the big guns. In addition to announcing a massive new collector’s edition, the studio has also revealed plans to turn real stories of events inside the sandbox into professional comic books and even a TV series.
Industry giant Dark Horse Comics, the company responsible for comics like Hellboy and Sin City, will be publishing the 54-page graphic novel this winter in both a paid-for print form and a free digital download. For the lore buffs among us, Dark Horse will also be producing a colossal 184-page glossy colour hardback book covering all of the NPC backstory and lore behind EVE Online and DUST 514. Titled EVE Source, the book will be an in-character almanac of everything in the EVE setting that isn’t player-created and will even include previously unreleased concept art.
The comic will source its stories from player submissions to the True Stories competition, but that’s not all CCP plans to do with our historical recounts. After the voting phase in a few weeks time, selected top stories will go on to be made into episodes of a real TV series. The show will be directed by an Icelandic director who is responsible for several major films. If you have a true story of an incredible event from your time in EVE’s sandbox, there are still nine days left to write it up and submit it for a chance to get it made into a comic or TV episode.
Whether you’re a die-hard fan of internet spaceships or just a gawker on the sidelines, EVE Fanfest is the EVE Online event of the year (and the key source of new DUST 514 and World of Darkness scoops!). Follow Massively’s Brendan Drain as he reports back on this year’s Fanfest starpower, scheming, and spoilers from exotic Reykjavik, Iceland.