World of Darkness has been cancelled by CCP
It has been in development, on and off, for the past four years, but the sun has finally set (or risen, from the vampire's perspective) on the World of Darkness project.
Headed by CCP, known best for their immensely successful, EVE Online, World of Darkness was set to be a vampiric mmo, complete with a whole new, political and dynamic realm, with a vast and complex depth, much like its sci-fi cousin.
CCP sadly announced the World of Darkness closure today, which has also resulted in the loss of 56 jobs at its Atlanta studio. The remainder of their Atlanta-based staff will be focusing on "games in the EVE universe", meaning that, once again, CCP is an EVE-only company.
CCP's CEO, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson left a statement on the CCP website, explaining the decision to cancel World of Darkness development:
"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."
World of Darkness had already cut 15 staff back in December, but this complete severance from the franchise marks the end for the unique, but ultimately, overly-ambitious mmorpg.