Exterminate This!

2022-01-04

Doctor Who is coming to New Eden. Yes, you heard that correctly. EVE Online is doing its first crossover in its near 20-year life. The Doctor Who event, named “The Interstellar Convergence” will start on February 1st 2020 stretching for three weeks. It appears that capsuleers will enter a new part of space, discovering new frontiers and fighting the Doctor’s greatest nemesis: the Daleks.

The event as it stands is veiled in mystery as more details will be announced on January 13th. From what we know so far; the post on the EVE homepage states CCP will be “introducing a beguiling mystery, a trail of clues, multiple challenges, themed items, and even a vibrant new area of space”. “This event has been designed with a lot of new player accessibility in mind” CCP Fozzie said, “The intent is that if a Doctor Who fan decided to try out EVE due to the event…they’d be able to play half the content without injecting”.

Doctor Who?

To those not familiar with this alternate universe; Doctor Who or The Time Lord is a BBC television series first aired in 1963. The Doctor, the central protagonist, is an alien of supreme intelligence who travels through time fighting against injustice and oppression in his ship “the Tardis” (which is shaped like an old Phonebox). There have been 13 different iterations of the Doctor (ok, 14, but John Hurt’s War Doctor is consistently left off of the official list), with British actor Jodie Whittaker currently filling the role.

Although the crossover is the first for EVE Online, it is not the first for the Doctor Who Universe (DWU). The famed series has seen links from its inception in the 1960s with the TV show Z-Cars, building to include official crossovers with Thunderbirds and Sherlock Holmes. There have also been unofficial crossovers involving Star Trek: The Next Generation. This latest crossover event will take place 400 years in the DWU’s past prior to the Time Lord’s war with the Daleks known as ‘The Last Great Time War’.

Who are the Daleks I hear you ask? Imagine an angry dustbin hellbent on the “extermination” of all life in the galaxy.

Attracting New Players

Doctor Who has seen a resurgence during its most recent series, with Jodie Whittaker’s new style growing its audience base and building its popularity amongst younger viewers. CCP will undoubtedly be looking to cement this new partnership with BBC studios in an attempt to tap into this market of sci-fi interested viewers from across the globe. The Doctor Who franchise is not to be under-estimated, with over 110 million viewers in 65 countries, there is huge potential for EVE Online to be linked with this universe.

Doctor Who – How did the Daleks Survive the Time War? – Sacred Icon
The Dalek Fleet prior to it’s destruction in The Last Great Time War

Doctor What about EVE?

There will undoubtedly be concerns amongst EVE Online’s skeptical player base that this crossover will dilute existing EVE lore and disrupt the sandbox. Reddit has already seen posts questioning the narrative. This is new territory for CCP who have never opened up their franchise to crossover, yet with games like Fortnight drawing huge player numbers with the help of crossover skins and themes this could be an attempt to step toward pulling EVE Online into the modern gaming world.

Overall, reaction from across EVE has been mixed with the now standard outpouring of discontent already on r/EVE. However, BRAVE CEO Dunk Dinkle told INN, “I’m excited. My daughters grew up with Doctor Who and I look forward to fighting Daleks”. This was echoed by CSM16 member Brisc Rubal “I’m excited to see the new content, and since I’m a big Doctor Who fan, this is a great thing to me”. However, there have been some concerns from other notable figures, many of whom had never heard of Doctor Who before the announcement!

Doctor Who: Why the Daleks Peaked in Season 1
The Daleks are coming to exterminate you. “EX-TER-MIN-ATE”

Doctor How?

The main question the players will be asking is “how will this be implemented?” There have been growing concerns over the increase in instanced PvE in the form of abyssals and whether these limit the opportunities for non-instanced players. There will also be legitimate concerns the a blended franchise “limited offer” will be viewed as a perfect opportunity to experiment with the implementation of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) that appear to be an area of interest for CCP in 2022.

CCP has a real trust problem to rectify following the hard two years of scarcity and the enormous flop of “the age of prosperity”. They will be hoping that this crossover will enhance the games visibility and draw in a new generation of players, whilst also creating a memorable event where existing players can travel to a new part of space and exterminate some dustbins!

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Comments

  • Zaand

    Oh good. Dev time being spent on another stupid gimmick no one asked for. Hooray.

    January 4, 2022 at 5:26 PM
  • William Doe

    I already said multiple times before that I’ll never play EVE. But seeing this pass off for an “event”. Are they actually trying to kill their game sooner than later or what?

    January 4, 2022 at 7:20 PM
    • Guilford Australis William Doe

      There actually was a theory when CCP was purchased by Pearl Abyss that the company started trying to kill off EVE with all these ludicrous changes so they could work on other projects. I used to think it was tinfoil-hat stuff. Now I’m not sure.

      January 4, 2022 at 10:06 PM
      • Other projects like what? Did they not notice that CCP have the reverse-Midas touch? Every “other project” they embark on ends in complete disaster… it’s kind of a theme.

        January 4, 2022 at 11:01 PM
  • Is this a joke?

    January 4, 2022 at 7:35 PM
    • kwnyupstate . Ganthrithor

      They are setting up time lord and dalek as the two new player races along with their ships.

      January 5, 2022 at 1:51 AM
      • I mean, why not right? Hopefully I can roleplay the time lord in my captain’s quarters amirite?

        January 5, 2022 at 2:48 AM
  • Sirhan Blixt

    Yeah, I don’t get it either. I’ve got no objection to Dr. Who. I especially liked that one episode where the Doctor did some clever thing that saved the day. I just don’t see what kind of fit it has here except as a ham-handed marketing gimmick. Like, I doubt that there are legions of Dr. Who fans just dying to sink time and money into a failing MMO that is almost old enough to drink in the Yoo Ess.

    January 4, 2022 at 8:02 PM
    • kwnyupstate . Sirhan Blixt

      They are just happy some recognizable show allowed them to do a crossover regardless of how dumb it is. This is clearly the worst thing CCP has ever done.

      January 5, 2022 at 12:32 AM
      • I’m not for crossover garbage in any form, but the fact that EVE is being crossed with Dr. Who of all things speaks volumes about how far our game has fallen. Back in 2009 I’d have said we deserve better, but now…

        January 5, 2022 at 2:51 AM
  • Guilford Australis

    I can’t wait until the NPE allows players to choose a house from Harry Potter rather than an empire race, or decide whether they want to be Atreides or Harkonnen.

    What a joke.

    January 4, 2022 at 9:57 PM
  • kwnyupstate .

    Is this an out of season April fool’s joke?

    January 4, 2022 at 11:12 PM
    • EVE Online: where you can join young Robert Baratheon in the fight against the wicked Targaryan overlords. Click the Login button for your free House Baratheon Cormorant skin!

      January 5, 2022 at 2:53 AM
      • Xandryll Ganthrithor

        I’m personally not buying skins until CCP introduces Jedi&Sith vs. GI Joe&Cobra

        January 5, 2022 at 3:24 AM
    • Additional comment: Don’t worry– the CDC says IP crossovers in a 19 year-old hardcore sci-fi game are fine now.

      January 5, 2022 at 2:54 AM
  • Deni'z von Meanace

    Can we get Dr. Doom or Mr. Thanos instead?

    January 5, 2022 at 2:45 AM
  • Libluini

    This is a dumb idea. There’s no way to make Who-lore and EVE-lore fit together and have it still make sense. I was always trying to give CCP a chance, but they’re really making me regret playing EVE.

    January 5, 2022 at 9:25 AM
  • Mr Augur

    Maybe this is the first step in to turning EvE in to more casual game insted of hardcore pvp. Then anything that will left from EvE will be the name.

    January 5, 2022 at 1:59 PM
    • Garreth Vlox Mr Augur

      The first steps were years ago, we are now nearing the end of the process.

      January 7, 2022 at 12:50 AM
  • CK

    CCP has really jumped the shark on this one

    January 5, 2022 at 11:00 PM
  • Garreth Vlox

    this is going to wind up being a pile of unfinished, unfun, bugged to hell bullshit. This is why I have recently won eve again and one of the reasons I see no reason to ever return again. There’s a real life mile long list of things that need work, and THIS is the what they choose to spend their limited dev hours on…

    January 7, 2022 at 12:45 AM