First there came EVE Online's monument dedicated to the great battle of B-R5RB. Now, in celebration of the first decade of the EVE Universe, developer CCP Games has announced plans to erect a real-life monument in Reykjavik, Iceland to honor those who have participated in the massive virtual universe.
"The monument will serve as a physical manifestation of the respect and appreciation the company has for the millions of EVE Online players and followers who have contributed in the cooperative creation of the EVE Universe over the past decade," CCP Games said. "It also serves as a gift to Reykjavik, the home of CCP Games and EVE Online development for the past 16 years, as well as its inhabitants and those who come to visit the world‘s northernmost capital."
Sculptured by artist Sigurður Guðmundsson with input from EVE Online's art directors Börkur Eiríksson and Ásgeir Jón Ásgeirsson, the monument, “Worlds Within a World," will stand proudly atop a meter tall metal-plated concrete platform. Edged into it will be the names of all the main characters of active EVE Online players (as captured on March 1st, 2014). EVE players who have also passed on will also have their names added to the monument as well. Both current and former players can use a web application to locate their specific name on the monument and a laptop buried underneath it will serve as a time capsule with videos, messages, and more from the players and developers.
“Our intention is to immortalize the contributions of the millions of people of the EVE universe in a way that extends beyond their immortality in our games," said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson. “Honoring them as part of a timeless monument shows how virtual lives and adventures have reached a new level of meaning and impact that weaves into and enhances those that happen in this world. We are humbled by all those that have joined us on the journey so far, and it’s our hope that this physical piece will continue to gather energy and relevance into decades to come, becoming like EVE Online and outliving us all.“
The monumen twill be officially unveiled on Wednesday, April 30th. Pretty cool stuff.