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CCP Atlanta Hit With Layoffs, World of Darkness Canceled

Eve Online developer, CCP Games, was working on an MMO set within the fictional vampiric universe of World of Darkness. After several layoff to it's Atlanta studio, however, the blood-sucking MMO has been canceled.

This isn't the first time that CCP – or World of Darkness – has suffered setbacks; the company was hit with layoffs back in 2011. This time, however, 56 employees from the Atlanta studio have been laid off, and World of Darkness has been officially canceled. Those who remain at the Atlanta studio will focus on games set within the EVE Universe.

"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 Veigar Pétursson. "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. 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."

[Source: CCP Games via Joystiq]

 

Our Take
This is likely a bummer for World of Darkness fans, but it's undoubtedly a bigger bummer for the 56 employees who just lost their jobs. Job hunting is never fun and we wish the newly unemployed the best in their new hunt. As for would-be vampires, we're sure that if enough people are hungry for a vampire MMO, we'll see one some day.

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