Today CCP Games launched “First Strike,” the first temporary live event for EVE Vanguard, the multiplayer sandbox FPS module for sci-fi MMO EVE Online. EVE players with an active Omega account will have the opportunity to access the event by selecting the EVE Vanguard character profile in the EVE Online launcher from Dec. 7 at 12:00 a.m. UTC until Dec. 11, 2023 at 12:00 a.m. UTC. CCP Games has also announced more ways Capsuleers can cause chaos on the front lines of New Eden with Ice Refinery Heists and AIR Daily Goals, with the next patch for EVE Online: Havoc on December 12, 2023.
As part of the Havoc expansion, players participating in “First Strike” will contribute to the ongoing corruption in New Eden’s war zones by providing vital resources to fuel the MMO’s player-powered economy and completing contracts to turn the tide of battle. Participants will also be part of the module’s Founders’ Access program. EVE Vanguard’s Founders’ Access will have multiple phases, with the first phase focused on providing EVE Online Omega players with access to regularly scheduled temporary live events as part of their premium subscription. By offering Founders’ Access to EVE Vanguard as an added benefit for EVE’s Omega subscribers, players can lend their voice to the development of EVE Vanguard while it is still in its infancy.
“With EVE Vanguard, our goal is to deliver a sandbox shooter that innovates while staying true to its EVE identity; what you see in ‘First Strike’ is its foundation,” said Snorri Árnason, Game Director for EVE Online. “As with EVE, what players see today is not what EVE Vanguard will be like six months from now, let alone six years from now. Right now, our focus is on building tight, satisfying battles that are the core of our open-ended FPS experience. We will then expand this by adding layers of depth to EVE Vanguard over time with new gameplay features, systems, content and interoperability with EVE Online.”
“EVE Online – and by extension EVE Vanguard – was built in collaboration with the community and our thoughts on the future,” added Bergur Finnbogason, Creative Director of EVE Online. “This is a first look – we invite the EVE community to join us in the development cycle of EVE Vanguard as part of the module’s Founders’ Access program, so they can have a voice in shaping its future evolution. This is not just lip service; community feedback is an invaluable part of CCP’s decision-making process, and that will only increase over time as EVE Vanguard gets into the hands of more players.”
EVE Vanguard is the multiplayer sandbox FPS module for EVE Online, currently in early development at CCP Games’ London studio. Players take on the role of the Vanguard, a mysterious new generation of war clones. Deployed on the surface of planets full of turmoil and opportunity, the Vanguard must carry out dangerous missions to unlock their own potential. The Vanguard’s story and purpose will unfold as more temporary live events are deployed at a later date.