EVE Echoes has been a long time coming, thanks to COVID, but we are finally nearing the official release. This title will exist as a mobile version of the mainline sandbox MMO, and we've known since July that the game would be officially launched on the Play Store on August 13th. Lo and behold EVE Echoes is available for download a day early, you simply won't be able to play until tomorrow (8/13) when the game's servers go live at 4:00 AM EST.
It would appear that many people are greatly anticipating the release of Eve Echoes, and even though we still haven't heard word-one about an official release date for the sandbox MMO, development is now delayed thanks to the coronavirus. As of this morning, the official Eve Echoes account on Twitter has stipulated that the COVID-19 epidemic has "hindered the developer's schedule," and while an official release date has yet to be decided, the game is expected to be launched at the end of 2020.
EVE Echoes may not be the first EVE Online game announced for mobile, though it does appear it will be the first mobile adaptation to come to fruition. Today NetEase and CCP Games have announced that a closed alpha test for the upcoming mobile sandbox MMO will begin on August 26th for those that live in Australian, New Zealand, and Nordic regions. If you happen to live in one of these areas and would like to participate in the alpha, you can sign up on the official EVE Echoes website.