CCP has confirmed today that it has cancelled its MMO, World of Darkness. 56 employees at its Atlanta studio have been laid off. CCP’s Atlanta studio had been working on the game for close to a decade.
Looking back, the writing was on the wall. CCP laid off 15 employees at its Atlanta studio back in 2013. At the time, the layoffs were due to “evaluation of the game’s design and ongoing development needs.”
Today, CCP CEO Hilmar Petursson described the decision as “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,” Petursson said in the statement. “I would like to give special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the World of Darkness MMO a reality, especially the team members affected by this decision.”
CCP Games will be looking at reabsorbing some of its affected employees into other positions within the company.
Petursson was also sorry that the CCP could not deliver on 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.”
CCP Games continues its work on EVE Online (PC), Dust 514 (PS3) and Eve: Valkyrie (Oculus Rift exclusive, PS4 exclusive).