The mobile MMO sandbox space game EVE Echoes has been delayed due to the COVID-19 epidemic its developers have revealed this week via Twitter. Explaining that even though their schedule has been disrupted by the virus the game is still on track to launch sometime during 2020 and will be available to play on Android and iOS devices.
EVE Echoes, if you didn’t know, is an epic space-based adventure where you’ll decide how exactly you want to live your life. Some may be inclined to role-play as a violent, pillaging space pirate, while others will be content to live life as a long-distance trader. The systems are in place to allow you to do as you please within its gargantuan universe.
But now CCP Games has now released a statement on Twitter explaining where the game is. In short, the coronavirus has impacted development – we presume because NetEase is located in southern China and affected by the quarantines, or at least their impacts on travel and trade (it’s headquartered about 600 miles from Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter). If you want to know where to Buy EVE Echoes ISK, z2u.com will be your best choice.
“We are fully invested in the development process with our hearts and minds,” the team says. “Yet, unfortunately, the unexpected COVID19 epidemic has greatly hindered our schedule. The official time hasn’t been decided yet, but rest assured that EVE Echoes will release in late 2020.” It’s also expected to be playable at this year’s EVE Fanfest.
While game delays are often disappointing, the EVE community seems to be taking the announcement in stride, particularly considering the circumstances. It’s important to keep the real human cost of the coronavirus in perspective and, as the players eagerly awaiting EVE Echoes seem to be doing, remembering that the health of individual developers is more important than any game.