Although the most popular MMOs of today are in the fantasy genre, a niche within the MMO market has always existed for sci-fi games. For quite some time, EVE Online
has dominated this niche with a steadily growing playerbase that has now exceeded 300,000 paying subscribers
. It's been noted that releases in the fantasy market tend not to affect EVE Online
, showing that it's not directly competing with games in the fantasy market. Perhaps the target markets of sci-fi and fantasy MMOs have very little overlap or perhaps the gameplay in EVE
is unique enough that no real alternatives exist. Whatever the reason, EVE
has been blessed with a relative lack of competition since its release in 2003. But with four major sci-fi MMOs on the horizon, could the game's creators CCP
be in for a rough ride?
In this speculative opinion piece, I examine how EVE
reacted to competition in the past and suggest how it may react to the next wave of sci-fi MMOs to hit the market.