Doctor Who is once more stepping into the MMO arena, with a crossover event between CCP Games and BBC Studios.
EVE Online is a community-driven spaceship MMO (that’s Massively Multiplayer Online) game where players can choose their own path among the stars from countless options, developed by CCP Games in Reykjavik. And Doctor Who will collide with that universe, with fans able to face off against the Daleks, between 13th January and 1st February 2022.
And even better: it’s free to play!
EVE Online first launched in 2003 and has since gained recognition for its scale and complexity, becoming one of the most extensive works of science fiction in the world.
Bergur Finnbogason, EVE Online’s Creative Director, said:
“2022 will be off to an (inter)stellar start with EVE Online x Doctor Who, we are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible in EVE Online. Collaborating with BBC Studios gives us the opportunity to pay homage to an iconic series that has inspired us at CCP. We hope you’ll join us in New Eden on January 13 to see what happens when galaxies collide!”
Kevin Jorge, Senior Producer at BBC Studios, added:
“EVE Online x Doctor Who not only brings two iconic universes together, but also the passionate Whovians with the just-as-passionate pilots of New Eden. By bringing the fanbases together, the already massive battles of EVE Online are sure to become even more explosive. Only time will tell if New Eden’s fiercest pilots have what it takes to challenge the might of the Daleks.”
EVE Online x Doctor Who introduces new, Gallifrey-themed space where players will search for artifacts from the last great Time War. The artifacts will provide players with clues to track down the Daleks and face them in an interstellar battle of the ages. Players who survive will reap unique rewards that they can take back to New Eden. Additionally, a login campaign with skill points and Doctor Who-themed items will be available to all players throughout the duration of the event.
The previous MMO Doctor Who game was Worlds in Time, which ran from 2012 to 2014. My book, 100 Objects of Doctor Who, published by Candy Jar, features an interview with Ben Badgett, then-creative director of BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment & Games, who spoke about the challenges and fun of Worlds in Time. That’s part of a section devoted to Doctor Who games, like the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG from Cubicle 7, The Adventure Games, and Destiny of the Doctor.
EVE Online can be downloaded for free by visiting eveonline.com