CCP Games announced a partnership with Dark Horse to create a new comic series called EVE: True Stories, based on the popular universe of EVE Online and DUST 514.
Additionally, Dark Horse and CCP Games will join forces on EVE: SOURCE, a hardcover book complete with information and exclusive artwork which will be the ultimate guide to the EVE Universe.
Available this winter, EVE: SOURCE will be a thorough source book and visual guide to the expansive universe players experience in EVE Online and DUST 514. The 184-page, full-color hardcover and digital edition will educated fans in the history and fantasy of EVE through its artwork and newly released material; highlighting the setting, back-story, races and factions of the EVE Universe.
Dave Marshall, Editor, Dark Horse had this to say about the partnership:
It’s going to take everything we’ve got to capture the amazing visuals and rich history of the EVE Universe in a single volume. As we fill it with material from EVE Online’s stellar space combat to the ‘boots on the ground’ action of DUST 514’s planetary conflicts, EVE: SOURCE is shaping up to be one of the most stunning books we’ve ever published.
Releasing Fall of this year and available for free Dark Horse Digital and on mobile apps, EVE: TRUE STORIES will release a series of short stories influenced by player-driven events in the EVE Universe, submitted to the “True Stories” website.
Consequential to its run online, Dark Horse will publish the entire EVE: TRUE STORIES, along with supplementary bonus material as a hardcover graphic novels in bookstores worldwide Winter 2013.
Yohei Ishii, Vice President, Business Development, North America at CCP said:
As we move into the second decade of EVE, the universe we share with our players is more alive than ever with stories that deserve to be celebrated and honored. We look forward to sharing the stories inspired by these unique experiences with the world.
On June 4th, CCP will start EVE Online: Odyssey, the 19th free expansion for EVE Online. Odyssey comes as CCP celebrates the game’s tenth consecutive year of a growing fan base, having reached the 500,000 worldwide subscriber mark in March.
CCP also just announced that DUST 514 will launch on May 14th on PS3, set in, and combined with, the EVE Online universe.