Eve Online could achieve sentience, CCP looking into AI and procedural generation tech for the game

Eve Online could achieve sentience, CCP looking into AI and procedural generation tech for the game

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."

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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