CCP Games, famous for the unprecedented success of Eve Online, has reported a loss of $ 21 million. Subsequently, they have announced the cancellation of what was to be their 2nd game, World of Darkness, and laid off 56 with it.
You can read CCP Games’ full statement regarding the cancellation below:
The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is 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.
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. Their considerable contribution to CCP will not be forgotten, and we wish them well.
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.
Although this was a tough decision that affects our friends and family, uniting the company behind the EVE Universe will put us in a stronger position moving forward, and we are more committed than ever to solidify EVE as the biggest gaming universe in the world.
CCP has, of course, worked to help their employees find new jobs, and provided severance packages. We wish the best of luck to these 56.
Regarding CCP Games themselves, the company remains profitable at $ 4.3 million, and revenues are up $ 76.7 million from $ 56.3 million. They were essentially forced to cancel the game since they could not shoulder the costs of continuing development.
All this only shows is how rough this console generation has been for games so far.