CCP Games, the Icelandic game development company behind the iconic sci-fi MMO EVE Online, has secured $40 million in financing from external partners to develop a new AAA game that utilizes blockchain technology set within the EVE Universe. The financing round was led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Makers Fund, BITKRAFT, Kingsway Capital, HASHED, Nexon, and others.
The new project will leverage smart-contract blockchain technology, enabling the development of key game systems on-chain, with a focus on persistence, composability, and open third-party development to create a new relationship between virtual worlds and players. CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson said in a statement that blockchain technology allows them to “forge a new universe deeply imbued with our expertise in player agency and autonomy, empowering players to engage in new ways.”
The new game’s production is separate from current and previously disclosed projects, including EVE Online, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. CCP Games has been a pioneer in virtual worlds and digital economies, with 25 years of experience creating living sandboxes with unparalleled depth. With this new game, the company hopes to further its mission of creating virtual worlds more meaningful than real life.
As development progresses, CCP Games looks forward to sharing updates with the public. The company has also announced that it is actively seeking new talent and has posted several open positions on its careers page.