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World of Darkness MMO gets a stake driven through its heart

World of Darkness cancelled

Put away your bloodsucking dentures, because as of today, CCP’s World of Darkness MMO is no more. CCP’s Atlanta studio has been hit hard by the cancellation, with 56 employees losing their jobs. Some have been offered positions in other parts of the company, while the remaining staff will focus on developing games in the EVE universe.

“The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make,” said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. “I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I’ve watched the team passionately strive to make that possible.”

World of Darkness was announced back in 2006, but didn’t go into full development until 2009. Since then, CCP has revealed very little about the game. But what was detailed sounded fascinating. An urban sandbox, with all players starting off as humans and then choosing to become a vampire - it promised to be a social, player-lead experience; EVE’s philosophy transposed to an Earth-bound, contemporary setting. 

After a long period of silence, CCP announced that 15 staff had been let go last year. "The change was due to our evaluation of the game's design and ongoing development needs," CCP spokesperson Ned Coker said. "While this was a difficult decision, CCP remains committed to the franchise and our promise to make a compelling, rich and deep World of Darkness experience."

And after that, the silence continued. So it is not surprising that the project has been canned, though it’s obviously a shame after so many years in development. 

“To our current and former employees and fans of World of Darkness, I am truly sorry that we could not deliver the experience that we aspired to make,” Pétursson said. “We dreamed of a game that would transport you completely into the sweeping fantasy of World of Darkness, but had to admit that our efforts were falling regretfully short.  One day I hope we will make it up to you.”

The specifics that have lead to the cancellation are not clear, beyond CCP not being happy with the MMOs progress. 

If this unfortunate news has a silver lining, it’s that for the first time in many years, the entirety of CCP is focused on the EVE universe. “Although this was a tough decision that affects our friends and family, uniting the company behind the EVE Universe will put us in a stronger position moving forward, and we are more committed than ever to solidify EVE as the biggest gaming universe in the world,” finished Pétursson.

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This was the only MMO that I was looking forward to. I suppose we all saw it coming after all the delays and downsizing, but it's still very sad. :(

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Yeah, was one of the few games I was excited about. But they preferred to make a console shooter instead ... duh.

R.I.P.

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hope they sell it to somebody who wants it, not leave it in the basement

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hope not, better to leave it in basement for 5-10 years and finishing it after that than seeing the games potetial ruined by some amateurs, cause there are only two game developers worthy of this challenge, and I guess Valve has enough of its own work

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Are you kidding me? So they buy out White Wolf, AND GIVE NOTHING!? NOTHING? Empty promises, years wasted in hoping and praying. Believing that they were working on something I could enjoy someday!? I wouldn't mind waiting until 2017 or longer if that's what it took! I don't care! It would have been worth it!

It hardly seems fair that a company with no plans of doing anything with World of Darkness (Mmo or anything else) has it.

SCREW EVE!

They could have made this successful. It could have, IT WOULD HAVE been one of the best MMO's out there.

Thanks a lot. You fucked up CCP. You made a monumental mistake.

You really did...

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you are talking nonsense, CCP is currently working hard on developing 4 games, even if they would continue on this project, it would take decades under current circumstances, or they would need to stop the development of EVE, DUST, Valkyrie and Project legion, at least most of it, which would be suicidal for the studio.

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So what happens to whitewolf now?

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