Icelandic developer CCP is apparently looking into artificial intelligence and procedural generation tech for Eve Online so that the MMO could be self-sustaining indefinitely.
That's according to PC Gamer, who spoke with the company's CEO Hilmar Pétursson (pictured), who said that this could open up a wealth of possibilities moving forward.
"If there were environmental effects in EVE from all this industrialisation and order, that would be a great thing," the boss said.
"Then the system could balance itself out and oscillate between order and chaos."
This is part of Pétursson's concern with Eve Online: stagnation - that the game will grow boring over time. This is part of the reason why the CEO has decided to introduce a 'chaos era' into the long-running MMO.
"Think about it like EVE is an organism. EVE does not like where it's going. It's no longer limber. It's lost its stamina and mobility. It feels a little stiff. EVE comes to me in a dream and says, Hilmar, release the hounds of war," he said.
"That's how it happened. It came to me in a dream and it said, 'This cannot go on. I do not like this, this is not what I was meant to be.' The game has a purpose. It wants to finish its mission, and its mission is much larger than what it has executed in the last 16 years."