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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Petition For Eve Online Mac Port
7:44 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Fans of massively multiplayer online games will be pleased to know that they can participate in an online petition to get the massively multiplayer space strategy title EVE Online ported to the Mac platform.

EVE Online is a persistent world multiplayer online game set in space. Players are charged with controlling spaceship pilots from one of five ancient human races in a race for fortune and adventure in an exciting, yet occasionally hostile galaxy. From the game's website:

EVE is a world far away from mankind's original habitat, planet Earth. How far away, and where, no one knows. Humans got there through a natural wormhole, and gazing upon a sky never before seen, were completely unable to determine the whereabouts of this new world. From the system of New Eden, where the gate of EVE that once led to the old world lies, humans expanded in all directions at a great pace, exploring and colonizing.

Then, seemingly out of the blue, the EVE gate collapsed in an apocalyptic catastrophe of a scale never before witnessed by the human race, ruining the New Eden system in the process. Thousands of small colonies were left in isolation to fend for themselves. For millennia they endured on the brink of extinction and only a handful survived.

Of those surviving colonies, 5 were to rise up and become the major empires that hold between them the balance of power in the world of EVE today. These are: the Amarr Empire, the Gallente Federation, the Caldari State, the Minmatar Republic and the Jovian Empire, plus several small independent factions and states.

For more than a century the five empires have lived together in relative peace. They've strived hard to maintain this peace, as each of them realizes only too well the grave consequences of a massive inter-stellar war. Recent technological breakthroughs in FTL travel, and the ensuing increase in space travellers, has shaken, but not broken the fragile peace - at least not yet.

The game, which was originally released for Windows in early 2003, has recently seen a record-breaking evening of over 11,000 players logged in simultaneously to take part in the space adventure. And while jumping into an almost two-year-old persistent online game might seem a little daunting, the developers have assured new users that the game has been designed to treat all players alike, regardless of player's current experience or wealth level.

While online petitions aren't usually taken too seriously, these developers have expressed interest in increasing the game's player roster and potential audience, and have looked into the possibilities of porting the game to either the OS X or Linux platforms. The developers are looking to the results of the petition to decide which path to take next, so make sure to put your John Hancock on the list if you want to see this exciting multiplayer game make it to our favorite platform.

Click on the links below to read more about the game, sign the petition, and see exactly what the developers have to say about the situation:

EVE Online
Petition To Bring EVE Online To The Mac
EVE Online Developer's Blog

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