CCP resurrects Midway Newcastle

Northern UK studio from Eve Online dev to be headed up by engineers from Wheelman house; will focus on console development of upcoming MMO game Dust 514.

The developer of Eve Online has taken the wraps off its latest game development studio, CCP Newcastle. The new outfit is being headed up by former Midway engineers and will focus on console platforms. The team's first project will be Dust 514, which is being developed in collaboration with CCP Asia.

Dust 514 will now be getting the Geordie touch.

The acquisition brings CCP's total worldwide studio count to four, with Newcastle joining Atlanta, Shanghai, and Reykjavik in the US, China, and Iceland respectively. Midway's Newcastle studio once formed part of Midway Games, which was bought up by Warner Bros. after it hit bankruptcy in 2009. However, that deal did not include the Newcastle studio, which subsequently closed after announcing that its solo project Necessary Force had been canceled.

The former Midway engineers heading up the new CCP studio are said by the new owners to be "console developers with unparalleled Unreal Engine expertise." In 2005, Midway announced that all its future games would be powered by the Unreal Engine, which followed news that it would be publishing Epic’s Unreal Tournament games.

In addition, CCP has teamed up with Cambridge-based middleware provider Geomerics and will be integrating its Enlighten technology into Dust 514. This will allow for the use of real-time radiosity lighting, making Dust 514 the first console title using Unreal 3 Engine to feature fully dynamic lighting, according to the Icelandic firm.

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19 comments
TommieK
TommieK

I would like to see more online PC games interacting with console games since most of my friends play exclusively on consoles and I'm more of a PC gamer. Even my FPS are on PC. If anyone can improve on console FPS games, integrate them with an online MMO, and make people hate them more, it's CCP.... I wonder if they're going to make this game so technical and complicated that the FPS crowd won't be able to play it.

INRI67
INRI67

bring it on already its about time.the only thing i would of like to see it in third person shooter like gears theres no other way to play games on the boxes whether ps3 xbox or wii. go to eve .com and join the fight before dust514 comes out and youll know what its all about!!

jknight5422
jknight5422

I watched last year's keynote, which this video is based off of. And they showed that most of the FPS was being done in China. It has been 3 years in the making, so I'm a bit confused by a new purchase with more fingers in the FPS pie. Are they doing this because they are starting from scratch once again? There must be some problem in the China labs that they can't get around with Unreal, or the end results are janky.

Megawizard
Megawizard

I swear the thing that catches all the missiles in the trailer looks like a Megathron. Blows up like one too; heh.

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

I am from Newcastle Uk, go on there the geordie boys.

finaleve
finaleve

@ lampshade820 All I saw was a tank, a jeep, and a flying DeLorean. If you believe that EVERY jeep looks like Halo then you sir, are an idiot. Warthogs are just pimped out Jeeps. Looks...interesting. I just think this is mainly a test of the lighting since its just...nothing. Nothing really shows what the game is about other than it can be in space and theres a war.

HDread
HDread

If the hype and promises hold up with Dust 514, it just might cause a bit of a revolution...If they hold up...

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

Get in there, I live there, looks like Halo 3, and BLACK put together, mayby killzone too.

lampshade820
lampshade820

Did any of the vehicles closely resemble Halo vehicles to anyone else?

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Trailer looks intense but the people behind it makes me weary.

elessar_tee
elessar_tee

Oh look, more exploding things that fly. Let us all clap our hands like good little monkeys.

Gruug
Gruug

CCP is full of promises but comes up short on actually deliverying the goods. There have been at least four "rumored" yet tauted projects by CCP that have never made it to production. I will believe this is a "good thing" when I actually see some results.

snot_boogie
snot_boogie

Are they still doing the World of Darkness MMO? Here's hoping they're just keeping it under wraps and haven't ditched it.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

i hope u they dont use the same method of advancement like they do in eVe