CCP Unifex Leaving EVE Online

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Should be easy to implement. All it needs is a ship display and a counter at the bottom, and it will effectively replace the client for me!
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You've got to be kidding. CCP is not suddenly going to be a mobile-focused company. He went from main attraction to sideshow, no question. It might still be a position they take very seriously, but get real.
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That's sarcasm, Chris.Crucible has been the atonement expansion, Inferno the resurrection one, and Retribution the most popular to date.
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Mittani get interviewed by Hillmar yet? ;-P
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Leaving CCP?...That's a strange way of saying he's being reassigned to handle 'hard stuff' at another part of the company and leaving the boring management stuff to boring managers.
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didnt want that executive producer anyways
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It's hard to call this a promotion when protege's or pupils most exposed to the leader are not being considered for his succession Why rock the boat with new blood if Unifex's vision was sound? Coming from corporate America, untested or developing platforms of a company is the province of younger, career hungry, risk takers who knowingly take the risk to be laid off if the new division is not performing.
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Theyre starting a new development group and theyre putting their BEST guy in charge. Sounds pretty awesome. CCP are moving their most successful senior development manager into a new product line that they have wanted to build for years. With Jon in charge of mobile gaming I cant wait to see what they come up with.
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It is not uncommon to setup new subsidiaries for new platforms, the idea is to have a clear delineation of assets and liabilities. My best guess is that EVE Mobile platforms is treated and setup separately from the main CCP Holding Company that develops EVE Online.
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Ah... sorry, spent the day commenting in the James_315 thread. It seems to have dulled my senses.
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Eve for android please.
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A pretty awesome guy, and an even better karaoke singer. I'm sure his absence will be felt.
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I hope the new guy they get in knows eve- If they don't, and try to ruin eve, I hope this site, the bloggers and the CSM inspire CCP to make them leave.
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Retribution might have been the most popular of recent times, but I don't reckon it comes close to Apocrypha to be honest...
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My first thought on hearing that an 'outsider' would be taking the helm of Exec. Producer was to worry for what that might portend, but on reflection, I think I'd have been more worried if they'd announced that an outsider was going to be put in charge of the new 'mobile' division.
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This actually bodes well for all citizens of New Eden. Jon Lander makes good decisions, and CCP is showing the value it places on getting the mobile portal into New Eden done right.CCP Unifex: Before new property development, I'd say priority number one is make spacebook the slickest thing ever made, with full CREST integration. Social Comms gotta work, and gotta work good. Service the metagame. The roll-on benefits of this will be leveraged by every subsequent property CCP develops.
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Amazingly enough the role as an executive producer isnt one of artistic direction but one of managerial and accounting prowess. Unifex has always had a vision for new ideas and opportunities that can be levied in CCPs favour, and in this new role he will excel (i know after listening to all his awesome ideas at dev meets).Ths isnt a demotion at all, Unifex has moved to further the more aspirational visions he has of eve as a multi-game universe in its entirety.
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This might mean the return of Nathan Richardsson...
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Move PI out of the game client and into mobile (Droid?), or maybe just parallel so you can do it either way? The opportunity for boredom to take hold at the office just went down the drain :)
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sometimes i wonder what tf and who tf runs ccp...especially when i hear things like a game feature may have been better off as a mobile game rather than eve online...these guys lack some serious imagination.
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sure hope not
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yup, must have said something wrong to the wrong guy... doesn't seem like a good move to me.
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nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Unifex is awesome!
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Also, Leaving "EVE Online" != leaving CCP.
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*shiver*
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an equally shity game
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It may not be about EVE at all. Developers have the problem that they must be up to date on the trending tech to be relevant, and in that respect this actually is a good career move for Lander. Developers have to stay on top of new technology and emerging gameplay and these days the software industry is all about mobile. If he wants to demonstrate serious growth and expertise in what is expected to be the fastest growing arena of gaming (and software development in general), then this is a great move.
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Man next thing we'll know the game will go online onl... oh wait
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Any signal that they prioritize effort elsewhere also come with the signal that they prioritize the core product less.One of the rising fears for me, among many other players discussing the game in various places, have been that CCP would be content with saving a sinking ship.With risk of sounding like a demanding dullard, for all the reassuring work that has been put into "little things" over the past three expansions, there has also been very little core-content and visionary work. You shouldn't confuse "vision" with ideals of grandeur, it simply means that we've seen three expansions of little else than "little things". The only larger vision that has come to fruition over three expansions is the crimewatch changes. The wardec and bounty changes, while the latter can be described as successful, would rather be labled as tweaks even if they may not be "little things". The POS-rework has been postponed and alot of the upcomming expansions hinge on their ability to redefine alot of the core content (such as the economy, ships and POS).I don't have a negative view on Unifex, but it should also be noted that whatever success he and his team have had, they've also yet to deliver the most exhaustive changes, changes that are sorely needed. Unifex' primary task as i remember it lay at reorganising the production: while we don't have insight into that, looking at what the teams have accomplished, there's room for critcism. The same goes for people like Soundwave or the team-leads in related teams such as the ship-rebalance initiative. There's room for critcism and questioning motivation, direction and vision within each project.At the same time, that's why it's sad to see Unifex' being shifted around, because it has felt like he's been able to slowly build up momentum and communication with the playerbase again. I belive we the players have felt that Unifex' have been a man we could "work with" even if we disagree with certain processes and directions. It has felt like the conflict has been brought back to focus more on accomplishment and priority, and less about a completely opposite vision and perspective on the game, as the flagship product.
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Excellent. Now give me my PI on the iPad.Let's hope for a replacement that's just as good.

In a dev blog today, CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson announced that Jon Lander, AKA CCP Unifex, will be leaving as the executive producer of EVE Online in May. He'll be moving to a new position within the company, leading the company's development in the mobile arena.

Lander, who has led EVE's development since the Crucible expansion in winter 2011, took over as senior producer during a rather rocky time in EVE's history, shortly after the Incarna debacle that marked a low period in relations between CCP and the EVE player base. His tenure as senior producer and later as executive producer has been generally well-received by the EVE community, and player reaction so far appears to be mixed to this move as many seem worried that CCP will have trouble filling the shoes of CCP Unifex.

More interesting may be that CCP has decided to hire the new executive producer from outside rather than promoting another senior member of EVE's development staff, like CCP Seagull or CCP Ripley, into that position. According to Hilmar's dev blog, CCP has been actively interviewing for a new executive producer for the last month, preparing for a smooth transition over the summer, but there was no mention of whether an actual replacement has been decided upon.

As far as Lander's new role, there was not much said about it other than that Lander would "lead CCP’s emerging mobile strategy." What this means is a bit up in the air, but CCP has mentioned before that they think the mobile arena may be another sphere for EVE universe to expand into, with the example often given that planetary interaction may have been better off as a separate mobile game rather than a part of EVE Online.

Svetlana Scarlet
I've been playing Eve since beta, and for the last seven years I have been with CAIN and the Fourth District. You may know me better as @Black_Isis on Twitter.