RPS: Every time you’ve updated the game, you’ve kept it cutting edge.Having a sense of humor about your company's mis-steps in the last year? Who are you and what have you done with the real Hilmar? ;-)
Pétursson: Exactly. Some could argue that we’ve brought it too close to the cutting edge. (laughs)
I don't have too much more to say about this interview -- it mostly covers business topics -- except to point to a section in which Hilmar points out some of the technical aspects of the DUST servers. That made me wonder if we've been told anything specific about how DUST 514's back-end would operate. We were told way back in June (and we're told here again) that DUST and EVE will essentially run on the same server (the Tranquility cluster in London). But in June, we were told that more regional clusters would handle the actual DUST ground combat. It'll be interesting to see more details on these technical elements when CCP feels comfortable releasing them.
The other thing that caught my attention: at one point, Hilmar -- while talking about multi-platform support and multiple "gateways" into the EVE Online universe -- says this:
Just to show the desire to access Eve through multiple devices, the Android applications have as many as 500,000 downloads on the Android app store.Uhhh... OK. What EVE-related app has 500,000 downloads? Aura has "100,000+", which appears to be far and away the most popular EVE-related Android app (if you have an Android device and you're not using Aura, you are a bad person and should feel bad). No other EVE-related app that I could find came close to that, much less had five times as many downloads. Even Vendetta Online only has 100,000... ;-) Am I missing one?
Oh, and when the question of subscriptions versus micro-transactions comes up, Reid brings up that hoary old golf analogy! Gee, I wonder where he heard that analogy? Hilmar, please stop using that golf analogy and please stop sharing it with people. We don't like it...
Huh. I guess I did have a few things to say about the interview. ;-) Anyway, if you're interested in the technical aspects of the MMO business and market-place, go give it a read. If you play EVE to play EVE, you can skip it.