Icelandic publisher CCP Games, maker of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game EVE Online, has joined forces with pen-and-paper role-playing game gurus White Wolf. The collaboration will see a version of White Wolf's World of Darkness turned into an MMORPG. In addition, White Wolf will bring EVE Online's game world to more traditional RPG formats, with strategy guides, collectable card games, role-playing systems, and a series of novels.
White Wolf was founded in 1991 in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and describes itself as a "company dedicated to redefining the art of storytelling." It publishes the pen-and-paper RPG The World of Darkness, which is set in a fictional realm populated by vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures, as well as ordinary humans going about their day-to-day lives. The company is also known for the Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game.
CCP Games, or Crowd Control Productions, was formed in 1997 and is based in Reykjavik, Iceland. The company's main product, EVE Online, recently opened in China, where it landed 200,000 registered users on its first day. The sci-fi game sees players choose from a variety of spaceships to pilot and then undertake missions, trade, fight, research, and explore the persistent online world.
The companies will continue to operate under their original names, with White Wolf becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of CCP. Hilmar Petursson, CEO of CCP, will be the CEO of the combined company.
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