June 30th, 2017

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines Unity remake halted by CCP

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines Unity remake halted by CCP

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines fan remake ‘Project Vaulderie’ has been shut down, probably for good, by a cease and desist from CCP. Eve Online developer CCP are the current World of Darkness license/IP holders (at least in videogame terms); their recently cancelled MMO was set in the White Wolf created pen and paper universe.

Perhaps even more pertinent to this situation, CCP described the World of Darkness IP as “very valuable” to them. Even after the MMO was axed.

Project Vaulderie aimed to recreate the original, and much-beloved Troika RPG Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines in the Unity engine. The team behind it also had plans to open the game up for modding. It was a non-commercial fan project (though did accept donations.)

Today’s update post makes it clear that CCP (or their legal team, at least) were not at all happy with the unauthorised use of Bloodlines names, locations or anything else to do with the original game. Without which, of course, Project Vaulderie can’t really progress.

The development team says it had been pursuing copyright discussions with Activision, believing that the rights to Bloodlines were still under their control. However, the CCP cease and desist letter challenges that assumption, stating: “While Activision retains certain rights to the game it created, CCP continues to own all other rights associated with Vampire: The Masquerade, including the copyrights and trademarks noted above.”

This, unfortunately, is an all-too-common turn of events with fan remake projects. While CCP obviously has the right to protect its license (and has probably been pressured into doing so by an eager legal team,) the “defending” company can never come out of a situation where they’ve shut down a non-commercial labour of love looking good.

Basically, everyone loses. CCP end up looking terrible, Project Vaulderie has to cease, and nobody gets to play a Unity remake of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. Boo.

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    • UnsightlyWalrus

      If they change the names of everything, then CCP can do nothing. Honestly, I don’t care about the names, as long as the game is generally the same.

      Look at Dark Souls, the game that is essentially Demon Souls. All From Software did to be able to make a sequel for Demon Souls was change the word “Demon” into “Dark” and Sony that owned the properties for Demon Souls could do nothing.

    • ThePuzzlingCentaur

      So, some project that would be available for free is destroyed by copyright whores who had nothing to do with original Bloodlines game, but now own the right to it.

      Can you please remind me why would it be “unethical” to pirate Bloodliness? To me, it seems that buying it would be unethical. The developers of Bloodliness would receive nothing, while greedy copyright whores would receive everything.

      This is exactly how Stalker series was ruined: some bastards who do not care about the game are sitting on their “copyrights” and we will never see another sequel, thanks to them.

      • lazerbeak

        it doesn’t make any sense to me how you can buy a idea that has nothing to do with you

        • Aaron Dunn

          By owning the copyright. A music example would be Paul McCartney refused to play some songs he wrote because he would have had to pay Michael Jackson Royalties.

    • Jon Jones.

      There is a special place in hell for copyright and trademark lawyers, about 10 floors down from the mass murderers.

    • https://raptr.com/Minttunator/about Minttunator

      I understand that they had to do this to protect their IP but CCP really do come off looking like dicks on this one. First they cancel the MMO and now this – so they’re not doing anything with the IP but won’t let anyone else do anything either. Shame, too – I was really looking forward to this remake (as well as the cancelled MMO).

      • Science Advisor

        CCP have always been (EVE proved that 100 times over), and apparently will always be, dicks.

    • lazerbeak

      this is massive black mark for CCP ( will never play EVE now) I HATE it when firms sit on a IP do nothing with it and sue others that do.

    • USMC03Vet

      Just change the names of shit. Like anybody gives two fucks about some irrelevant game IP other than blood sucking lawyers that don’t have anything better to do than mak the world insufferable hell for others.

      Man. I hate lawyers.