Back in 2006, EVE Online developer CCP Games announced that they would be making a massively multiplayer online role playing game based on White Wolf Publishing?s popular World of Darkness supernatural role playing game setting. It would have been a great crossover of sorts between the two games. Sadly though, as of today, that project has been cancelled.
According to the CCP?s website, they have chosen to cancel the game project in development in their Atlanta Ga, studio. This has led to a big change as 56 employees of the Atlanta studio now find themselves without a job. A few team members have been offered different roles on some of the companies? other projects and CCP has provided severance packages as well as job placement assistance for those affected.
CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar P?tursson stated that cancelling the project was one of the hardest decisions he has ever had to make but there was no specific reasoning behind the cancellation of the project itself.
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.
It is truly a shame that the game had to be cancelled. It is even more painful for those who lost their jobs. Hopefully CCP helps them in their transition.
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