A few days back, gamesindustry.biz broke the news that CCP promoted Senior Producer Sveinbjörn “CCP Mannbjorn” Magnússon to Executive Producer. He is taking over from Hilmar Veigar, CCP’s CEO who was in the role on an interim basis after the previous Executive Producer, CCP Seagull, stepped down.
“I am very excited to work on EVE Online on a more strategic level where I can work with a broad group of amazing people, aiming for a long lasting and successful future for the game,” Magnússon said. “EVE Online hitting the 15-year-old milestone gave us a great perspective on where we came from and where we need to go. My goal in this position is to continue to make EVE Online better for players of all types and skill levels.”
The newly minted Executive Producer highlights working at the game’s accessibility for players of varying types and skill levels. It remains to be seen whether that will center around continuing the work done on the new player experience under CCP Seagull, or on keeping the veterans of the game satiated. Also noted was an emphasis on the game’s longevity which is a topic of increasing concern as the game grows older.
Particularly as we are in the midst of Eve Online’s “dry season” activity wise, a new Executive Producer’s appointment will likely impact any impending player frustration. Such as what the community saw last Summer where a large group of vocal players made their annoyances with the game’s potential longevity known for several straight weeks.
Bergur Finnbogason (or CCP Burger) who has been the speaker at several Fanfest and Vegas presentations was also promoted from Development Manager to Creative Director.
“I’m very excited to step into this new role and as a long-time EVE Online player,” Finnbogason said. “I truly care about the community and look forward to bringing further quality of life improvements to the game, among other things. Right now, I’m in the process of reviewing and acting on player feedback to our newest expansion, Into the Abyss.”
While renewing CCP’s commitment to working on the recent expansion’s features for which he was a noted developer in on, CCP Burger also mentions bringing quality-of-life changes to the game. This comment is likely in reference to the recent changes to planetary interaction that CCP implemented alongside Abyssal PVE. Any changes of this kind are welcome to anyone frustrated with Eve’s aging user interface.
It will be some time before the full impact of these staff changes becomes apparent, at least for the player-base. With Eve Vegas just three months away, CCP will already be preparing announcements of the next plans for Eve Online. Perhaps the first changes made by a new Executive Producer/Creative Director to Eve’s development will be seen then.