World of Darkness MMO Canceled by CCP Games
CCP Games has laid off 56 employees at its Georgia studio after ending development on the World of Darkness MMO.
CCP announced today that the oft-delayed World of Darkness MMO has been canceled. Originally announced in late 2006, the game never seemed to find its footing, and as recently as February of this year CEO Hilmar Pétursson said the design was still being molded. But today the studio announced that the project has been canceled entirely, and that 56 employees at its Atlanta studio have been laid off as a result.
“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,” Pétursson said in a statement. “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.”
The Atlanta studio will remain open, but will now work exclusively on CCP’s EVE Universe.