EVE Online Given 2009 Game Of The Year Award
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story
MMORPG.com has chosen CCP Games' EVE Online as its 2009 Game of the Year. The decision was based on categories such as game growth, originality, overall contributions to the industry, and fun factor. MMORPG.com cited EVE's Apocrypha and Dominion expansions as well as its release in retail stores as the main reasons for the award. Blizzard's World of Warcraft was the runner up this year.
While some may question giving the GotY award to a game that originally launched in 2003, 2009 was actually a banner year for not just the game, which saw significant changes and growth through two major expansions, Apocrypha in March and Dominion in December. These two expansions significantly changed the face of the game, bringing it more in line with what players expect from a modern MMO. Between the two, the game added: Wormholes, ship customization (tier 3), Epic Mission arcs, a new New Player experience, social networking, planetary upgrades, changes to the game's sovereignty systems and more.To read more about the award click over to the page below.
MMORPG.COM: EVE Online 2009 Game Of The Year
2009 was also a year of rebirth for CCP's first MMO, seeing a partnership with publisher Atari for a re-release of the game in boxes on store shelves (it had previously been available only through download), which has led the game to not only reach new heights in terms of subscriber numbers (currently over 300,000 active subscribers), but in terms of peak concurrent user records broken as more and more players crowd onto the game's single server.
When you add all of this to the fact that CCP also announced plans to expand EVE Online's virtual universe beyond EVE and the PC in the form of MMO console shooter DUST 514, it isn't difficult to see how EVE Online stood above the crowd as our Game of the Year.
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