CCP Games: The World of Darkness IP is “very valuable”

World of Darkness MMO

CCP hasn’t yet decided what to do with it’s licensing rights to gloomy cities full of vampires.

Though the World of Darkness MMO project is now dead, CCP Games still consider the IP and license to be valuable assets. In a thread announcing the cancellation of the MMO over at the official CCP forums, Community Manager Shahin Kanafchian has been answering a few questions about where the company goes from here.

Kanafchian (posting under the name CCP Saberwing,) in reply to someone asking whether CCP will hold on to the World of Darkness license indefinitely, says that the IP is considered “very valuable” and that no decisions have been taken regarding whether it could be sold, licensed out to another developer or anything else. “This will be looked at over the next few months,” he adds.

On the question of whether the World of Darkness MMO could rise again in Kickstarter form, Kanafchian says “CCP believes that Kickstarter / crowdfunding is best for starting projects and not finishing them – so it didn’t feel like the right path to take.” So that course of action is pretty much ruled out.

The remaining team in CCP’s Atlanta studio will “be working on the games set in the EVE Universe.”

For anybody worried about Dust 514 or other CCP projects, this statement is for you: “We are still fully committed to developing EVE, DUST and Valkyrie. Lots of things will be shown around the games in the EVE Universe come Fanfest.”

Mind you, CCP was saying the same thing about the World of Darkness MMO back in December, so a lot can change in four months.

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  • Margaret Fisher

    Screw EVE, DUST and Valkyriel WoD was the only game of theirs I’d have ever been willing to give them a penny for. Their entire company can rot for all I (and many other angry gamers who have been looking forward to this game forever) care.

  • Gehenna Has Started

    It’s a tragic event, for all of us, World of Darkness creators, developers and fans, the whole community knows this announcement halted a lot of big and important things, not only the development of an MMO.
    Now I just hope the IP remains safe, good news is Onyx Path will keep publishing more books for World of Darkness.

  • Alexander Cooke

    No one is worried about Dust 514 or other CCP projects they are all small potatoes. You mooks just killed the golden goose. For your own financial sake and the Hopes of millions of fans PLEASE SELL the IP to somebody with vision. It may help repair your karma after leading us on all these years.

  • I-wonder

    So many times useable code goes into the garbage when projects fold. It would be nice if CCP sold or gave away any WoD unique render/client code written. Obviously the game licenses and any infrastructure code common the EVE Universe games is something CCP will retain. But the gift of unfinished code can really be a boost to GPL projects and small startups. And code give away while rare is not unknown especially with an amended GPL style license that merely obligates perpetual acknowledgement of the gift and prevents commercial branches without substantial change. Even MS has on occasion done that with old game code.

    • Nasarius

      Not just code. Think of all the art! It kills me that even with successful AAA games, very little of the 3D art is ever reused. You could make a hundred completely different fantasy games with Skyrim’s assets, for example.