EVE Online makes a Doctor Who crossover

EVE Online will kick off its very first crossover event later this month when CCP Games team up with the BBC to bring Doctor Who to the great MMO galaxy of New Eden.

EVE Online x Doctor Who, as it’s known, will add a new “Gallifrey-themed space” to the game in which players will search for artifacts from the Great Time War that will ultimately lead them to a showdown with the infamous Daleks. . Victory (or at least survival) will translate into unique rewards that can be reintroduced into EVE Online proper, while a separate login campaign will offer Doctor Who-themed items a chance for all players, even those who do not want to confront each other. against Team Exterminate.

“2022 will be a (inter) stellar start with EVE Online x Doctor Who,” EVE Online Creative Director Bergur Finnbogason said in a statement. “We are always pushing the limits of what is possible in EVE Online. Collaborating with BBC Studios gives us the opportunity to honor an iconic series that has inspired us at CCP.”

“EVE Online x Doctor Who brings together not only two iconic universes, but also passionate Whovians with equally passionate pilots from New Eden,” said Kevin Jorge, senior producer at BBC Studios. “By bringing the fanbases together, EVE Online’s already massive battles will certainly become even more explosive. Only time will tell if New Eden’s fiercest pilots have what it takes to challenge the might of the Daleks.”

This isn’t the Doctor’s first foray into video games, but it’s, as I mentioned, the first major collaboration for EVE Online, and the reaction hasn’t been universally positive. The teaser embedded above, for example, currently has more dislikes than likes (279 likes vs. 410 dislikes), and the EVE Online subreddit is split similarly: some players think the crossover is harmless and potentially even fun, but quite a few others see it either as a desperate effort to expand the player base, or as a drain on resources that would be better used elsewhere.

There’s also an interesting discussion about how the larger Doctor Who narrative – a low-budget kids’ show, if we’re being honest with ourselves – fits into the bare-handed world of EVE. Several redditors have posted suggestions for better cross-fits, like The Expanse, Firefly, Dune, Battlestar Galactica, even Stargate, but one made it clear why, as much as they hate it, Doctor Who really is the better choice.

“While I think a Dr Who crossover is deeply silly, and I consider all three of the Stargate live-action franchises to be some of the best sci-fi series ever, time travel will be a necessary part of introducing the one of those franchises in the EVE universe, ”explained publisher Slavir_Nabru. “Stargate is defined” now, “jumping 21,000 years into the future to match the setting of EVE would make the Tau’ri unrecognizable. Star Trek would be in the same boat, even the distant future setting of seasons 3 and 4 of Discovery is tens of thousands of years in EVE’s past.

“If they’re going to crossover with a sci-fi franchise, Dr Who is at least one of the more compatible. The Dr Who timeline actually encapsulates the EVE timeline. Continuity issues are easier to handle. avoided with the ubiquitous time travel as part of the plot. Again. Deeply silly. I hate it. But it’s more reasonable than most alternative crossovers. “

It’s a coherent argument, even if, as editor-in-chief wallywot pointed out, it fails on one major point: “There is no SINGLE FUCKING PHONE BOX in EVE Online.”

EVE Online x Doctor Who is slated to start on January 13 and will last until February 1.

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