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'EVE Online' to honor players with beautiful, real life monument in Iceland

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With a time capsule buried beneath

EVE Online monument
EVE Online monument

Developer CCP has decided to honor the players who have helped shape EVE Online over the years, and it's doing so with a beautiful sculpture. The monument is being created artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, with help from two art directors from the game, Börkur Eiríksson and Ásgeir Jón Ásgeirsson. The dark aluminum sculpture will stand almost sixteen and a half feet tall and feature a quote from the game etched on its surface; it will rest on a platform that features the names of all "active, paying" EVE Online players as of March 1st, 2014. "After an arduous journey, both spiritual and practical, the outcome is something that I feel strongly about," says Guðmundsson.

"A landmark that bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual."

But there's more to the monument than just the sculpture. Buried beneath it will be a laptop that will serves as a time capsule of sorts, containing videos and messages from both players and developers. CCP also says that it will use the capsule as a way to honor players who are no longer with us. "This newly confirmed monument extends the efforts CCP has at creating a truly unique universe," says company co-founder Ívar Kristjánsson, "in this case through a landmark that bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual." The sculpture will be officially unveiled the day before the annual EVE Online celebration Fanfest, on April 30th in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland.