World of Darkness MMORPG unveiled

CCP finally takes wraps off its vampire-centric massively multiplayer project, after years in the works, which will reportedly have sandbox gameplay and social interaction.

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With True Blood getting solid ratings and the Twilight films blowing up the box office, vampires are a hot commodity these days. So hot, in fact, that the undead trend is now spawning a massively multiplayer online game based on White Wolf's popular supernatural role-playing game franchise, World of Darkness. The game is in development at CCP Games, developer and publisher of the sci-fi MMORPG Eve Online, which merged with White Wolf in 2006.

CCP's World of Darkness MMORPG is finally seeing the light of day.

According to a report and video (see below) on the MMORPG blog Ardwulf's Lair, CCP used White Wolf's annual Grand Masquerade event in New Orleans to unveil the new game. Slated for release sometime after 2012, the game is also now officially listed on CCP's Web site along with some early concept art similar to that found in the trailer.

Though CCP reps were unable to comment on the Ardwulf's Lair report as of press time, the blog did report some details from the Grand Masquerade presentation. Titled World of Darkness Online, the game will be a sandbox-style MMORPG with an emphasis on social interaction and "player politics." It will not arrive before the year 2012 and will be largely based on the older version of World of Darkness, Vampire: The Masquerade.

[UPDATE] CCP reps confirmed the title is actually simply "World of Darkness" but would not reveal any other details about the game.

World of Darkness will be the third video game based on White Wolf's horror RPG series, following 2000's Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption and 2004's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines. According to Ardwulf's Lair, it will let gamers play only as vampires initially, not their werewolf foes.

Discussion

105 comments
suplax
suplax

Would be so much better if you could pick between vampires and werewolfs

Cornholio_tp
Cornholio_tp

@Abd_Alhazred considering how entertaining it was for Alliance vs. the Horde in WoW (which became very successful), I like the idea of the camerilla, anarchs, and sabbat.

SlickMajestic
SlickMajestic

CCP is one of the rare few game developers that I have any faith in these days. Solid company full of talented people and all in-house software plus a taste for making RPGs of old with more sandbox styled game play. Can't wait for this. Guess I'll go dig up my old Vampire: Masquerade disc from storage...

Poxee
Poxee

Can't wait to kill the first "Edward" named twitard character with my insane Malkavian. AHHAHAHAAAA!!! Oh the voices, you never feel alone with them.

KakashiMorph
KakashiMorph

Considering that CCP is making it, it can become awesome ( they have already proved that with EVE online). I can't wait for it's release (and start out with a Tremere heheh) , although since I am also an EVE player, I will find it hard to divide my time between these two..

DawnForMe
DawnForMe

This is so Neat, too bad it will release just in 2012... But damn Nos and Tremere FTW!!!

datot
datot

I wouldn't mind paying a small monthly fee if this turns out to be a masterpiece. However, I do wish a sequel to Bloodlines was made, I don't have all that much time for MMO's anymore :/

angelkadaj
angelkadaj

omg I can't believe :D:D. I cried when I watched this video. too bad it's not gonna come out soon :(

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

I'm hoping players can play as the Lasombra clan because you can't get much more anti Twilight sparkling faux vampire than the shadow controlling Lasombra...-=x

Inconnux
Inconnux

Real vampires don't sparkle in the sun... Hopefully it isn't just another grind fest like most MMORPG's

ibStratus
ibStratus

@HufflePuff-TLH The World of Darkness was created in 1991, so, yeah, they were the originals. Look in to things before you flame.

ibStratus
ibStratus

@Reiken37 You have obviously never played Vampire: The Masquerade. If you had, you would know that this isn't the same BS that little girls drool over. This is serious business.

caossbr
caossbr

wait...from VTM Bloodlines? sothere will be REAL vampires,not the gay ones who shines in the sun.

Reiken37
Reiken37

Teenage girls love vampires not elite gamers.

Cloud737
Cloud737

OMG! I can't believe my eyes! The World of Darkness (as in, the world, the atmosphere, the mythos where the games take place) is back!?! Wohooo! Now, I really hope it's free to play, otherwise I'm gonna feel a bit disappointed. Also, I hope other normal RPGs are on their way as well.

okn0tok
okn0tok

pleeeeease....let it happen. I loved VTM bloodlines....

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

I hope someone slapped baldy on the head for distracting me. If this game actually makes it more than a year I will lick his scalp.

Skullcandy
Skullcandy

That view was a waste of 2 minutes.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Oh man, how awesome will it be if they let us play sabbat!

VampericX
VampericX

Wow!.....wasn't sure if they would ever announce this game!......Been waiting years all other mmo's be ************

BK-Sleeper
BK-Sleeper

Something tells me there will be a special 'Glitter' ability if you play the 'Wannabe Vampire' class.

HufflePuff-TLH
HufflePuff-TLH

lol vampires are so hype, world of darkness, how original... not!

Gruug
Gruug

Intrigued by the sandbox aspect (which sounds good) but not sure about the subject matter. Will keep an eye on it and hope for the best.

Rui214
Rui214

about time, been waiting years for this one

brunorr
brunorr

sandbox mmorpg + vampire the mascarade theme = win finally something fresh.. I'm sick of the same theme park mmos with different flavors (conan, star wars, super heroes..) and by the time this comes out Twilight fans will be grown ups lol

PyscoJuggalo
PyscoJuggalo

Oh and all you WoD fans, Eve, CCP's other MMORPG, does not charge you for expansions, they are free updates. I expect the same business model here, so if/when they introduce Werewolves/Mages/Whatever, then you will get that for free. CCP does a lot of things right. It does some things wrong, corrupt Devs in player guilds cheating, but their design models are ingenious.

PyscoJuggalo
PyscoJuggalo

If CCP is making it, then expect it to be dark, sadistic, and evil. So all the things that make Eve a great MMORPG. Never played WoD before, but the theme is interesting. Definitely interested in this MMORPG, because it definitely won't be a WoW clone.

majere613
majere613

Hm. Firstly, glad they're basing it on the 'old' WoD, pre-Gehenna. I used to do a fair bit of White Wolf RPGing back in the day, and from everything I've read they found it a bit tricky to reboot everything. It's going to be very interesting to see how they're approaching this. Politicking is everything in Kindred society, but I'd guess the only MMORPG to really feature it at the moment is Eve Online. Will it be possible, for example, for players to be Primogen or even Prince of a city? Of course, we can probably also look forward to Sabbat Invasion events where players get to roll an alt fresh from the grave and run about raising as much hell as possible before they get burned :)

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@Taffelost The difference is, the term "World of Darkness" (as a tabletop RPG) was made about 20 years ago. So they aren't copying WoW.

analkebab
analkebab

I'm just worried that it'll become like WoW with that there are too many people in the cities and you go out into the counteryside. still it's better than nothing. buying without a doubt. Bloodlines is one of the best games in history and it deserves a follow up

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Well sandbox games are always fun to play. If we get a GTA IV version but with vampires then this will be lots of fun. Or why not a Red Dead Redemption version? Still loads of time till this is anyware near done but thay have my interest. So far anyway... But i think that SW TOR will take alot of peopel and WoW the rest due to the expansion.

_DeadlyFred_
_DeadlyFred_

Dudes who sparkle in the sunlight and drink fake blood aren't vampires -- vampires were a hot commodity ten years ago and the only problem I have with this game is the inevitable and misguided comparisons with the faux vampire mainstream obsession. Lets just hope this will come out and show them how to do it right.

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

I love Twilight! that means I will love this! I can't wait to see my vampire sparkle in sunlight!

ele975
ele975

"excuse me, sir? i'm trying to watch this trailer, could you please move your head?"

FuBi2k
FuBi2k

Finally after six years! I thought this idea was dead in the water. I'm in the minority who isn't pleased that it's being developed by CCP but I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun if done properly. Werewolves will probably end up as an expansion if EVE is any indication.. then Wizrards, Changelings, ect. I am especially pleased however that it will be based on the oWoD. EDIT: Also, as a point of opinion. Don't attribute the True Blood "cool vamp" and Twilight "bubblegum vamp" phenomenon as a precursor to a WoD game. White Wolf writes vampires PROPERLY and mentioning them in the same breath or by comparison to the current incarnations in the media is an insult to true fans of the series and this was obviously in development prior to the current trends.

DredWulf
DredWulf

they said WereWolves initially they put in Werewolf the apocalypse as an add on and I am sold...though how would it work in the timeline? Vampire The Masquerade canonically ended in 2004 The Plot about Gehenna and the return of Cain being a major plotline in Bloodlines.

greendude123
greendude123

ah nice, the same people as EVE. Hope it does well

petek480
petek480

bloodlines does work in windows 7.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

IF you have steam and an XP system totally try Vampires bloodlines. It is totally awsome. The games doesn't work in 7 and I would be very hesitant to try xp emulation with it.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

I've been reading Guillermo Del Toro's "The Strain" recently. I hope the fantasy is more like that in this game; darker and more horrifying. I'm so tired of Twilight ruining vampires.

Fr0zeN_KnighT
Fr0zeN_KnighT

I'm glad this video is the "HQ" version, or else I wouldn't be able to see how many hair follicles are on that bald guy's head.

Oracleas
Oracleas

@wexorian: i agree bro, i'm getting guild wars 2, but this WOD mmo is coming 2012 bro.. long time for GW2 to get boring

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

Does "social interaction and player politics" mean that this will be "The Sims" or "Second Life" with vampires?

wexorian
wexorian

i'l try demo when it will launch then i'l think if it's good MMo to play. but near future coming 3 MMO, Final fantasy 14, Guild wars 2 and Kotor and alos Wow catachlysm exp, it will be hard to find players :)

hitomo
hitomo

sandbox = lack of (quality) content

ryuz4kee
ryuz4kee

Im glad they are making this, IM TIRED of the same fantasy genres.

donxenaro
donxenaro

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