CCP Games has announced that it is discontinuing development on the project.
CCP Games has announced that they have cancelled the World of Darkness MMO project in development in their Atlanta, GA studio. As a result, 56 employees from this studio have lost their jobs, with some being offered roles on other projects while others were provided severance packages and job placement assistance by CCP. Focus at the Atlanta studio will now shift to the EVE Universe, marking the first time in eight years that the entire company has focused on working on a single franchise.
CCP's CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson had this to say:
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.
Ann "Cyliena" Hosler, Managing Editor