CCP added a new industry veteran to the EVE: Valkyrie team this week with the addition of Owen OÂBrien. Formerly a member of EAÂs DICE Studio in Stockholm, Sweden, OÂBrien led up the development of the first person parkour style MirrorÂs Edge.
OÂBrien now joins CCP as executive producer of their virtual reality multiplayer dogfighting shooter, EVE: Valkyrie. The game is an evolution of the EVE-VR tech demo showcased at EVE Fanfest earlier this year. CCP later announced that the demo was being developed into a full game under the name of EVE: Valkyrie.
INDUSTRY VETERAN OWEN O'BRIEN JOINS CCP GAMES AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERÂ FORÂ EVE: VALKYRIE
O'Brien to Oversee Development of Widely Anticipated Virtual Reality Game
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND Â September 11, 2013 Â CCP Games, the worldÂs leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, today named Owen OÂBrien as executive producer of EVE: Valkyrie, a new virtual-reality spaceship dogfighting game in development at the companyÂs Newcastle, UK studio. As executive producer OÂBrien will oversee all aspects of EVE: ValkyrieÂs production.
OÂBrien joins CCP following a long career at the award-winning game development studio DICE in Stockholm, Sweden, owned by publisher Electronic Arts. At DICE, OÂBrien led production of the critically acclaimed game MirrorÂs Edge, which was heralded for its creativity and groundbreaking take on the first-person action genre.
ÂI worked with Owen for many years at DICE,Â said Sean Decker, senior vice president of production at CCP. ÂHis experience bringing MirrorÂs Edge to market will be invaluable as we work to make virtual reality an actual reality for gamers worldwide.Â
EVE: Valkyrie is a multiplayer spaceship dogfighting shooter set in the EVE universe. The game uses virtual reality to give players the sense of being a real pilot in an EVE Online spaceship and will be released in 2014. The game is the evolution of ÂEVE-VR,Â the amazing virtual-reality tech demo that debuted at EVE Fanfest 2013 and went on to win numerous awards at E3 and gamescom 2013 Â including ÂGame of E3 2013Â from PC Gamer and ÂMost InnovativeÂ from IGN.
OÂBrien will report to Decker and will be based at the companyÂs Newcastle studio.
ÂThe opportunity to work with a focused, talented and passionate team at the forefront of game-changing technology is a dream scenario for me,Â said OÂBrien. ÂBut itÂs not just about the technology.Â This was a project born out of a genuine passion for gaming, and that shows in what the team has already achieved.Â
CCP is the worldÂs leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, and has been praised for its artistry, game design and unique player-driven, infinitely scalable storytelling narratives. CCP is the creator of the critically acclaimed science-fictionÂ gameÂ EVE OnlineÂ (PC/Mac), which is celebrating an unprecedented tenth consecutive year of subscriber growth. In addition to EVE Online, CCP also develops DUST 514, a groundbreaking, free-to-play, massively multiplayer online first-person shooter for the PlayStationÂ®3, and EVE: Valkyrie, a multiplayer spaceship dogfighting shooter, both set in the EVE Universe.Â CCP is also developing World of Darkness, a modern gothic horror massively multiplayer online roleplaying game based on the classic tabletop roleplaying gameÂ Vampire: The Masquerade. Founded and headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1997, CCP is privately held, with additional offices in Atlanta, Newcastle, San Francisco, and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.ccpgames.com.