Today is a sad day for players who were expecting updates on the World of Darkness MMORPG in development at CCP Games, the EVE Online developer – the game has just been canceled after many years in troubled development. As a result, 56 jobs were lost at the Atlanta studio.
World of Darkness was announced way back in November 2006 by CCP Games, of EVE Online fame. Publicized as a true contemporary vampire simulator, it was severely delayed and lost quite a lot of its staff only to end up canceled as of today, April 14th. CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson said the following:
“ The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make. 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.
I would like to give special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the World of Darkness MMO a reality, especially the team members affected by this decision. Their considerable contribution to CCP will not be forgotten, and we wish them well.
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. 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.
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.”
CCP Games operates the successful space simulator EVE Online and the tie-in first-person shooter Dust 514, released in 2012 for the PlayStation 3. Not much of World of Darkness was revealed, besides a concept art trailer in 2010 and a short tech demo in 2012, both of which you can watch below