CCP Says It’s ‘Reviewing the Status’ of the World of Darkness IP
In the wake of the cancellation of the World of Darkness MMO, CCP has said that they are now “reviewing the status” of that intellectual property.
World of Darkness is an interesting property. Basically, it is the world that serves as the backdrop for a number of tabletop role-playing games, including Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and more. CCP hasn’t done much with it outside of the World of Darkness MMO, and it has licensed the tabletop publication rights to Onyx Path Publishing. Still, CCP does believe in the value the IP, according to a statement given to CVG
“We believe that the World of Darkness IP is very valuable and will be reviewing the status of it in the coming weeks and months, but we have no specific plans under consideration at this time.”
Some have pointed to the report of $21 million in losses as the reason for WoD’s cancellation, but the truth is that a large portion of that loss was the write off of asset value that had previously been attributed to the pending title. It’s more likely that after eight years of development, CCP decided that the game just wasn’t going to be worth the continued investment.
Whatever the reason for the cancellation was, it will be interesting to see what happens with the IP. Will CCP simply sit on it, or could they license it to another developer to create a game from it? We’ll update this story if any further information crops up.