The recent EVE Online
controversy over the direction CCP is taking with the game
's development took the game's developer CCP Games
completely by surprise. What started as a quirky story about virtual clothing
being sold for more than real clothing rapidly got out of hand with the leak of
an internal company newsletter discussing previously rejected ideas for gameplay-affecting microtransaction options. The ensuing controversy quickly escalated with the convenient leak of global company email from CEO Hilmar Petursson
and CCP's abject silence in response to player concerns.
CCP eventually released joint statements on the contentious issues with EVE's democratically elected player advisory council
, followed by a thorough press conference
to address any concerns not handled in the statements. The only person we haven't heard from yet is Hilmar Petursson himself. In an interview with gamesindustry.biz today
, Hilmar answered some frank questions on recent hot topics ranging from feelings inside CCP following the leaks to the company's reasons for implementing microtransactions now.
At popular EVE
fansite Failheap Challenge, players have posted a transcript
of the interview and have begun discussing the issues it addresses. The discussion highlights that this interview was performed the day before the CSM met in Iceland for its emergency meeting and so represents Hilmar's views before that event. Among the important answers is confirmation that CCP has a commitment to discuss all future microtransaction options with the CSM before implementation, something players have been asking for since the initial statement came out.