When an MMO creeps from the virtual world into the real one, it’s usually in the form of t-shirts, fiction and other must-haves for the dedicated fan. Which is what makes the latest project by CCP Games even more unusual - a five metre tall monument to EVE Online.
Positioned on the Reykjavik seafront and a stone’s throw from CCP HQ, “Worlds Within A World” is formed of two pillars that face each other, with a polished slab of aluminium standing between them. Fixed to the concrete base are a number of metal tiles, etched with the names of hundreds of thousands of player characters that were active at the time. A tool has also been provided for those hunting their own name.
Designed by artist Sigurður Guðmundsson with input from CCPs own art directors, the monument was formally handed over to the city, with mayor Jón Gnarr being presented with a ceremonial knife to cut away the twine that bound it. After claiming that he “doesn’t believe in reality”, he finished a short speech with a single word: “Beautiful.”
With EVE FanFest 2014 opening tomorrow, it’s likely that players will now be scouring those tiles in search of their own mark on the universe of New Eden. Speaking of which, it’s about time I found my own.
~Filed by MMORPG.com's Gareth Harmer