Humanity has always dreamed of venturing to the stars

This post is a reply to Blog Banter 41: Director’s Cut

The universe of EVE is not without its drama and epic stories, both in and out of game. Imagine a publisher, movie studio or television network asked you to prepare a pitch for a new brand of EVE-flavoured entertainment. This could be your big break, what would be your synopsis to bring New Eden to the wider audience?

I could have written a traditional synopsis, just like TV magazines describe saturday night movies. But do you remember any of them? Most likely you do not. I don’t, either. But I do remember a couple of movie trailers I’ve seen (including EVE trailers). So instead, I’d go with a screenplay for yet another trailer in New Eden:

[ Camera is showing stars and nebulas. Imagine something like Star Trek: TNG intro, but done with EVE graphics. A deep male voice says: ]

Humanity has always dreamed of venturing to the heavens. [pause] But they have never imagined it can be such a cold and dark place.

[ Camera is showing a Temperate planet, slowly zooming outwards. A stargate slowly enters the view ]

Imagine a place so far away in space and time, where people can roam the stars. Where a man could pilot a spaceship with thought alone. How would they use such freedom? What kind of power would it grant them? How would they use this power?

[ as camera continues to move, a couple of frigates and cruisers is shown waiting near that stargate. As lector finishes “how would they use this power”, gate activates and a ship jumps in ]

[ the ship turns out to be a freighter. It is immediately tackled and the fleet starts firing upon it ]

One could wonder, if humanity has its most barbaric times behind, buried deep in middle ages, or still awaiting on the horizon of the future?

[ another fleet warps in, and it clearly outnumbers the freighter’s attackers. Newcomers engage them immediately ]

A future scarred by war and destruction, where four empires and countless alliances vie for power and dominance.

[ Camera shows DUST mercs fighting over a compund. A group of soldiers is running towards a structure; one of them falls to the ground – killed by a sniper ]

A future where negotiations are done with guns and missiles.

[ Camera is back at the stargate. The attacker group have been obliterated and there are wrecks everywhere. Freighter is on fire, but no one is shooting it anymore. The hulking ship turns around, trying to warp away. The moment later the second fleet tackles the freighter and blows it up ]

A future, where only the strongest can survive.

[ Camera is on the surface again, there are only two mercenaries left, one for each faction. They hide behind obstacles and try to shoot each other. But they run out of ammo. At the same instant they jump out of their cover running unto each other and clash in a melee ]

Will you survive?

See for yourself in [insert cinematic EVE movie title here. Also works if you fill this bracket simply with “EVE Online” ]

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