CCP Games have announced that the search for exoplanets outside our solar system will take place in their spacefaring multiplayer online game EVE Online. This is a unique scientific project developed in collaboration with CCPGames, the University of Reykjavik, the University of Geneva and discoverer of the first exoplanet and winner of the 2017 Wolf Prize for physics, Michel Mayor.
EVE Online’s virtual universe will allow players to interact with real life astronomical data which has been provided by the University of Geneva. This can be accessed within a part of the game called Project Discovery and once enough players have reached a consensus then the information will be sent back to the university.
The previous Project Discovery contributed greatly to database of the Human Protein Atlas and it is hoped this latest iteration has the same success.
EVE Online’s search for exoplanets will arrive sometime this year and a full presentation by Michel Mayor is set for early April at the EVE Fanfest 2017 in Reykjavik.