Industry Veteran Owen O’Brien Joins CCP Games as Executive Producer for EVE: Valkyrie
O’Brien to Oversee Development of Widely Anticipated Virtual Reality Game
CCP Games, the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, today named Owen O’Brien as executive producer of EVE: Valkyrie, a new virtual-reality spaceship dogfighting game in development at the company’s Newcastle, UK studio. As executive producer O’Brien will oversee all aspects of EVE: Valkyrie’s production.
O’Brien joins CCP following a long career at the award-winning game development studio DICE in Stockholm, Sweden, owned by publisher Electronic Arts. At DICE, O’Brien led production of the critically acclaimed game Mirror’s Edge, which was heralded for its creativity and groundbreaking take on the first-person action genre.
“I worked with Owen for many years at DICE,” said Sean Decker, senior vice president of production at CCP. “His experience bringing Mirror’s Edge to market will be invaluable as we work to make virtual reality an actual reality for gamers worldwide.”
EVE: Valkyrie is a multiplayer spaceship dogfighting shooter set in the EVE universe. The game uses virtual reality to give players the sense of being a real pilot in an EVE Online spaceship and will be released in 2014. The game is the evolution of “EVE-VR,” the amazing virtual-reality tech demo that debuted at EVE Fanfest 2013 and went on to win numerous awards at E3 and gamescom 2013 — including “Game of E3 2013” from PC Gamer and “Most Innovative” from IGN.
O’Brien will report to Decker and will be based at the company’s Newcastle studio.
“The opportunity to work with a focused, talented and passionate team at the forefront of game-changing technology is a dream scenario for me,” said O’Brien. “But it’s not just about the technology. This was a project born out of a genuine passion for gaming, and that shows in what the team has already achieved.”
CCP is the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, and has been praised for its artistry, game design and unique player-driven, infinitely scalable storytelling narratives. CCP is the creator of the critically acclaimed science-fiction game EVE Online (PC/Mac), which is celebrating an unprecedented tenth consecutive year of subscriber growth. In addition to EVE Online, CCP also develops DUST 514, a groundbreaking, free-to-play, massively multiplayer online first-person shooter for the PlayStation®3, and EVE: Valkyrie, a multiplayer spaceship dogfighting shooter, both set in the EVE Universe. CCP is also developing World of Darkness, a modern gothic horror massively multiplayer online roleplaying game based on the classic tabletop roleplaying game Vampire: The Masquerade. Founded and headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1997, CCP is privately held, with additional offices in Atlanta, Newcastle, San Francisco, and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.ccpgames.com.