EVE Online maker CCP Games announced this morning that it has canceled its long in development MMO World of Darkness. In addition to canning the game, the company has laid off dozens of staff. The game has been in development since 2006, with CCP’s Atlanta, GA studio handling the lion's share of development. CCP Games confirmed that it had laid off 56 employees in Atlanta, but some of those employees were offered other roles within CCP, which has other offices in North America, the UK, China and Iceland. In the past, the World of Darkness team suffered layoffs in 2011, and more at the end of 2013.
"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 Petursson. “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."
"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," He added. "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."
Petursson closed by saying that CCP will be able to put all of its focus on the EVE Online and the online shooter game Dust 514.
Employees that remain at its Atlanta studio are now working on games in the EVE universe.