CCP Games today announced that they have cancelled the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online (MMO) game project in development in their Atlanta, GA studio.
As a result of the change, 56 employees of the Atlanta studio have lost their jobs. Some team members have been offered roles on other projects inside the company, and CCP has provided severance packages and job placement assistance for those affected.
The remaining team in Atlanta will focus on games in the EVE Universe, which will mark the first time since 2006 that the entirety of CCP will be working on a single universe.
Well, that about wraps that up I guess. This is the third and final cut, the World of Darkness team having faced layoffs back in 2011 and then again last year.
CCP bought White Wolf, the creators of World of Darkness, back in 2006, and had been working on an MMO version of the IP seriously starting in 2009. Since then though, little has surfaced about the project aside from bad new.
I suppose this answers the question from earlier this year about what software was “derecognized” as an asset by CCP as part of their 2013 financial report.
CCP is solely focused on EVE Online and spin-offs such as DUST 514 and EVE Valkyrie. We won’t get to see what CCP could do in the realm of fantasy now.
In the gaming world Zombies continue to rule, while vampire fortunes seem to be in a downward spiral. I blame Stephenie Meyer.
Addendum: But CCP is still thinking about what to do with World of Darkness.