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News fresh out of Gamescom: EVE Online and Dust 514 developer CCP has revealed a new game in the EVE universe called EVE: Valkyrie. The game started life as the proof of concept, dog-fighting space simulator EVE-VR, which CCP developed after they received their Oculus Rift devkits. EVE-VR was very warmly received earlier this year at the EVE Fanfest, and it caused a considerable stir later on at E3. With the overwhelmingly positive reception of EVE-VR, CCP did the logical thing and greenlit the tech demo for full production – so EVE: Valkyrie was born.

“From the moment this year’s Fanfest attendees first got their hands on EVE-VR,” CCP studio head Hilmar Petursson told IGN, “the question has been, ‘When can I have this?’ What started as a passion project by a small, incredibly talented group of CCP developers became one of the most highly anticipated games of the year — before we even announced it. We have big plans for EVE: Valkyrie and I can’t wait to share more details later this year.”

Both RedTide and I got some time with the Rift and CCP’s EVE-VR a few months back while we were at E3. It was my highlight of the show bar none and I could gush about how incredible the Rift is for hours and hours. That enthusiasm is largely thanks to what CCP did with EVE-VR, so this announcement that the little multiplayer dog-fighter is turning into a full-on title makes me seriously excited. Here’s hoping there’s a solid single-player campaign in there as well. There’s a reveal trailer after the jump.