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Eve Online dev building real-life monument to the game

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In an effort to honor Eve Online's first decade of existence, developer CCP Games is building a real-life monument in the harbor of the studio's hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland, the company announced today.

The monument, known as "Worlds Within a World," is set to be unveiled at a special event on April 30, the day before Eve Fanfest 2014 begins. It is a sculpture from the artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, with input from Eve Online art directors Börkur Eiríksson and Ásgeir Jón Ásgeirsson of CCP, that will reach a height of more than 5 meters (16.4 feet).

As seen in the artist's rendering above, the sculpture consists of two main structures facing each other: on the left, a dark piece of aluminum etched with a quote from the Eve universe, and on the right, a hulk of granite that resembles a face and is meant to represent the Eve Online player base. Between them will stand a piece of polished stainless steel to reflect both elements and the sculpture's environment.

Those three pieces will stand atop a half-meter-tall (1.64 feet) metal-plated concrete platform that will feature the names of the main characters for all active Eve Online players as of March 1, along with the names of certain players who have passed away. And buried beneath the monument will be a time capsule in the form of a laptop, with videos and other messages from Eve Online developers and players.

"With the monument," said Hilmar Pétursson, CEO of CCP, in a letter on the game's website, "we seek to honor the Eve's developers (past and present), the volunteers, our partners and even the citizens of Reykjavik — all for the parts they play in this universe."

He added, "We hope that it will, in a beautiful cosmic way, gather all our emotions and simplify what we have created together into one, universal distillation. And finally, we hope that it helps you understand how grateful we are to you, our bold capsuleers, for every second you have spent with us."