EVE Online developer cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness

56 employees laid off as development on World of Darkness is halted. "I am truly sorry that we could not deliver the experience that we aspired to make," says CEO.

EVE Online developer CCP Games has announced it has cancelled development of fantasy MMO World of Darkness.

The studio says it was "falling regretfully short" in its goals of creating an vampire-themed MMO. Following the cancellation, 56 employees at the Atlanta, Georgia studio have been laid off. Some of the team are said to have been offered other roles within the company, with the remaining staff at the studio now working on games set in the EVE universe.

Employees who have lost their jobs were given severance packages and assistance in securing new work, the company says.

"The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make," said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson in a statement. "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."

Last year CCP Games said that 70 developers were working on the title, although 15 staff were made redundant just before Christmas last year.

World of Darkness was first announced way back in 2006 and was based on White Wolf's supernatural role-playing game franchise.

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spikepigeo
spikepigeo

CCP truly is a one-trick pony. Sure, they are very good at their trick, but that's it. They got lucky with EVE and they will ride on that for ever. And they can. Cause it's pretty awesome. 


Still, I was looking forward to this game...

tymothymichel
tymothymichel

I'm never buying any of their stuff again, and hopefully I can talk my friends into it too. These guys need to pay... dust indeed... lousy game and lousy future....they'll be sorry for a bad decision.

wolfen2k7
wolfen2k7

fuck... I was looking forward to this even more than the division.... God dammit...

Bruno_Magno
Bruno_Magno

So sad.....this was the game i was most excited for. I never payed monthly for a game and never considered this option...until i heard about this game and watched the video of annunciation. So much potencial just throw away.

mourning

Celerity11
Celerity11

nooo!! although I would much rather have it as a single player experience, I was really looking forward to this :(

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Oh my goodness. I was wondering why no one made a sequel to Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines. The dream is dead.

Bhemont
Bhemont

Was never a fan of CCP and their successful game EVE, and I live in Iceland.  Though when they announced WoD MMO was in the making I got really excited and my opinion of them changed, now I'm back to my old ways and thinking, this company is not good, making no good games ( my opinion, it does vary ). 

alioli
alioli

not that I mind too much - i have ESO

but I was actually looking forward to this :/

ZaneLear1
ZaneLear1

Looks like they can focus on Eve..... again -_- why is CCP so stupid, this game would of been perfect, it could of made so much money.... well seems they rather rot away doing the same thing over and over again...


I guess spending that Eve money was their plan without any final product, even tho the workers have been paid, that is eight long years of their lives wasted on a project that could more or less been done tho sadly it seems the CEO went full tilt into the derp sauce.

The least he could of done was explain WHY they went and killed off the project not "Oh, bad news, we are not making this any more, we will now focus more on Eve." I thought they squeezed all the blood from that stone they could, now it seems they want to squeeze the dust particles next!

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Tens of millions down the drain...

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

CCP is shit and so are their games.

hXcShock
hXcShock

Good, we need fewer MMO's in the market. I enjoy MMO's but everyone and their brother is trying to make one and there's no possible way for all of them to thrive when one alone is so time consuming.

playstationzone
playstationzone

well there go another mmo in one month over because rise tax in games company.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

So they tossed 8 years down the shitter?

That's rediculas!!!

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Wow...I actually thought his had been cancelled ages ago. Maybe someone will scoop up whatever they managed to get done (if anything), and go for a single player game?

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

Why? =\  What the hell is happened with them? It makes me down in the mood.

KillaGinjaNinja
KillaGinjaNinja

This sucks. I don't even like MMOs but was actually looking forward to giving this one a shot since I absolutely love the WoD universe. :(

bhmg
bhmg

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...

Breyant
Breyant

Noooo! Well I knew this was coming, we've heard nothing about this mmo for years other than "hey we are still working on it!"

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

What's really sad is that I was looking forward to an MMO that wasn't the traditional fantasy genre.  With exception of games like TSW, there isn't too many supernatural or modern day games.  Ah well...

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Screw an MMO, how about a polished sequel to Bloodlines or something to that tune?

vackillers
vackillers

Saw this coming a long time ago....  pupp3t_mast3r is exactly correct with them pulling resources left and right off that entire project for years now....  they should NEVER had put so much into that fucking shitty ass playstation FPS game Dust.... the second they did that, was the final nail in the coffin for any WOD game. They'll piss a shit ton of people off because they've been going to a lot of of the Vampire Mascerade ball events for years! showing off as little as possible to that crowd just to fuck em over.


Another reason why CCP is going in the toilet and showing a rapid decline in eve-online subs last few months even though everyone is having an orgy over ship paint jobs and resubbed lately... that wont last.

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

I guess this was a long time coming... they've been pulling resources off this project consistently over the past few years =\ Wish someone would pick up the IP and do another solid single player RPG with it :'(

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Zloth2
Zloth2

Wow, it's really been since 2006??  It doesn't seem that long ago at all.

I'm somewhat sorry to see this one die but, honestly, I would rather see a single player RPG made.  Bloodlines 2 would be sweet.

Frozensky
Frozensky

Disappointed, but not surprised. The writing was there on the wall for years, sadly.

Redskullduggery
Redskullduggery

That sucks. I loved Vampire The Masquerade (buggy though it was) and was really looking forward to this. However the 7 years of development time and lack of information, updates, screenshots etc doesn't make its cancellation much of a surprise. The World of Darkness license is very unlucky when it comes to video game adaptations. I wonder if this is the end of line as far as ever seeing another WOD video game.

vadagar1
vadagar1

thank god....


anything that is in dev for more than 4 years should die

snxx
snxx

It took so long that, unfortunately, the World of Darkness franchise has become almost irrelevant. It's always sad to see White Wolf, once one of the world's three biggest and most influential RPG developers, like this. But they did made plenty of bad business decisions in the past. Merging with CCP was one of them, none of the two companies won anything, both lost a lot.

Hiliary
Hiliary

Too bad. This was a game I was definitely looking forward too. Just a low-down shame:( Wish the jobless a lot of luck. Speedy return.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

Been in development since '06? That's a lot of money they simply threw out the window.

Zoberk
Zoberk

They should have pooled more of their resources into this. So much work gone to waste...

iandizion713
iandizion713

So much hype, guess all we can look foward to now is EVE gimmicks. Companys are so one trick ponys now.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Geez, one of the few MMO's out there that I was actually looking forward too.  Oh well, time for another SP game.

rosen22
rosen22

So make a single player World of Darkness RPG? Of course you won't. Masquerade was amazing. But clearly your money masters are morons

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

This + OR could have been something special. Sad face.

makryu
makryu

Honestly, I don't think a WoD MMO would've worked. I can foresee mostly fans of the contemporary supernatural trashy love triangle thingies going to play it, not liking and it failing pretty fast. A single-player Kickstarter-backed CRPG is what they should do.

Droverson
Droverson

Thank god. We don't need more MMOs.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Bummer to hear. I am not all gaga over the vampire/werewolf trend nowadays, but I would have liked to check this one out.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

@TheExxorcist

It's made of suck, but anyone that's been gaming long enough can rattle off a substantial list of games they waited for only to have them cancelled after so long. I just hope the same fate doesn't befall the Cyberpunk 2077 game from CD Projekt RED...

hystavito
hystavito

@Zorine  Too bad, I'm not big on MMOs but I wish there were more with this kind of setting.

deadpen
deadpen

@vadagar1  Well technically CoD Ghost was in dev since 2009 (ghost is mw 2 reskinned reference for those who don't get it.)

vackillers
vackillers

@adro191 @DroversonYes but you have to remember, back when it was originally announced, there was hardly any MMOs out, and there is still absolutely ZERO MMOs that would have been anything remotely close to the genre this mmo would have been set in. There still isn't one now! 8 years in development while re-shifting and remaking the entire game engine from scratch 3 times really fucks about with the sheer amount of cash CCP must have put into this. It was bound to happen.