Blog Banter #12 – EVE Mobile

Welcome to the twelfth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month’s banter comes to us from CrazyKinux himself, who asks the following: First there was the MMO on the PC, and now with the recent announcement of DUST 514, EVE will soon be moving onto consoles. But what about mobile? Allow your imagination to run wild for a second and describe how you would see EVE being ported to mobile devices, whether the iPhone/iPod touch, Blackberrys or Android-based devices. Dream the impossible for us!

Too soon. Those were the first words that came to mind when I saw this month’s topic.

It’s interesting in a way though, as this very topic is virtually all I’ve been able to think about during my flights to Iceland.

As I sit here now, in the lobby of the Grand Hotel, I wonder anew what will COSMOS be like? Where does Capsuleer fit into the grand scheme of things? What other surprises is CCP not telling any of us?

  1. EVE Mobile – I don’t see it happening, plain and simple. Not yet, maybe not ever. It reminds of the CCP client for Linux. It was made because some people use it, but eventually dropped because the market just isn’t there. For me, mobile is the same. You’ve got a few different platforms out there, but in the end you can narrow it down to iPhone, Blackberry (Storm and Bold only), and Windows Mobile. I just don’t think the others are even a viable solution: graphics capabilities, hardware capabilities, market viability, etc, etc. And even if we look at the three I did mention, there are still too many limitations: hardware again, developing across multiple platforms, etc, etc, it can eat up a lot of resources financially as well as development wise.
  2. COSMOS – So we know COSMOS is going to bring some cool things: Evemail, market, interesting ways of keeping us connected to our ingame counterparts from anywhere we are. Isn’t that the point in the end? CCP makes their money from us renewing our subscriptions. Look how many times they’ve reworked the New Player Experience. Eve is a harsh game; so harsh that I’m sure at least 60% of the players out there that try it quit before peeling away the layers of complexity and seeing the beauty underneath that is Eve Online. COSMOS, while able to provide a general means to keep track of things currently done in other fantastic apps like Capsuleer, is going to have limitations as well. Primarily, it’s a web app. As such, it will have to work across multiple platforms, meaning it can’t be optimized for any specific one. This is good in that provides a way for everyone to access the ever important character data, but at the same time it can’t leverage any specific advantages other platforms can utilize.
  3. Capsuleer – Over 24,000 users and one of the most beautifully designed, well coded apps out there for iPhone. It makes use of the EVE API in a fantastic way, and continues to grow and grow in both features and hype. Will COSMOS be API based? If so, then all third party apps like EveMon and Capsuleer will benefit, as they are written for specific platforms, and can be tailored to maximize the end user experience. But if COSMOS isn’t, then is it a Capsuleer killer? I certainly hope not, as Capsuleer still fills a need COSMOS may not. Even though it will work through Mobile Safari, it’s still just a web page at the end of the day. It won’t be customized like Capsuleer. It won’t have the same slick interface of Capsuleer. It won’t make you want to keep pulling out your phone to see what’s going on with your characters or the Blog Pack. So will it be a dead tool? I don’t think so. I think there is room in the universe for Capsuleer and COSMOS to both do well.

So yeah, too soon. We’re just not there yet.

My hopes is that COSMOS opens up all kinds of new API data; that would excite me. I hope it provides a mechanism for players to keep in touch with other outside of game. I hope it attracts new players to simply sign up so they can become part of a community greater than just a MMO.

But EVE Mobile? No. Never going to happen.

CrazyKinux’s Musing – Tying the dots and locking me in!
A Merry Life and a Short One – I Don’t Own a Working Phone
Yarrbear Tales – EVE on Mobile Devices? Eh.
Hands Off, My Loots! – EVE Mobile…Possibility?
Achernar – Trapped on Planet Horror
Rettic’s Log – The Cronofile – Blog Banter: EVE Mobile
A Mule in EVE – EVE Mobility
Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah – EVE Mobile
My Life in EVE – 12th Blog Banter
My God, it’s Full of Stars! – 12th EVE Blog Banter
The Wandering Druid of Tranquility – WOW, look at that ‘micro-Dust’
Adventures in Mission Running – 12th EVE Blog Banter
Ecliptic Rift – EVE Everywhere
Roc’s Ramblings – EVE Mobile
EVE Monkey – EVE on a Mobile Device?
Nashh Kadavr’s EVE Blog – I-pod Capsuleer
Escoce – EVE Trade – Dynamic System Security
Break Vol – EVE Blog Banter 12
Mikeazariah – EVE Mobility
Pods and Pills – The 12th EVE Blog Banter: EVE on the MOVE!
Eve Monkey – Eve on a mobile Device?
Many more to come…

3 responses to “Blog Banter #12 – EVE Mobile

  1. I agree. If I were advising CCP about how to expand EvE with mobile devices would be this only: extend your API service, but don’t try getting involved any further than that.

    Make your API robust and available to whatever new devices the future might bring, but concentrate primarily your efforts on the Server side application and its features etc.

    Just making sure you have a clean safe API that can serve the mobile device market would be investment enough.

  2. Agreed. Still… the dream…

    COSMOS (Now called New Eden apparently) is going to be all kinds of sick. I’m wondering how far they’ll take it. I hope FAR.

    Capsuleer. Still gotta get me an iPod Touch…

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