Sources report that, over the nine-year period, the game effectively reached alpha – the stage at which all the major features have been implemented – three times, only for each version to be scrapped.
-The Guardian, World of Darkness – the inside story on the death of a game
We all know that the World of Darkness MMO, which CCP had been working on since it acquired White Wold back in 2006, was cancelled earlier this year.
But what actually happened, how things reached that state of affairs… all of that has been somewhat murky. There are rumors and lots of speculation about what happened, but few details.
Well, that just changed. Over at The Guardian, there is an article up attempting to detail exactly what happens. The piece depends heavily on the word of Nick Blood, a former CCP staffer who is unhappy about how things played out. But even if you allow for a certain level of disgruntled spin… and Blood is clearly angry… it does lay out a tale of woe, of lack of direction, of poaching WoD resources to support EVE, of being disconnected from the reality of the situation. There are lots of EVE Online tidbits in the article… since WoD staff apparently spent a good deal of time working on EVE… including a bit more dirt about the Incarna expansion.
There is one quote from Nick Blood that certainly rings true for the bitter vets,
CCP has an extensive track record of promising to return to features and never doing so.
I would have agreed with that quite readily before Incarna. Afterwards though, CCP seemed to have changed. They have returned to old features and have spent a lot of time of things that had otherwise been left alone for years. Maybe Incarna was the shock to the system that CCP needed.
And maybe letting go of World of Darkness was the better course. It is certainly disappointing to those who wanted to see that IP come alive as an MMO, but it doesn’t sound like CCP was doing well at juggling two very disparate game worlds. Sticking to EVE and its derivatives is probably for the best.
Anyway, there are certainly a few insights to be gleaned from the article.
Meanwhile, CCP has announced even more layoffs, this time in Iceland.
Not a good day for CCP, with dirty laundry out for all to see and more people losing their jobs.
Hat Tip: Neville Smit