Goodbye Nightmares, World of Darkness MMO Cancelled

A sad bit of news for those who were awaiting to step back into a world based on Vampire: The Masquerade, developer CCP games announces that the upcoming World of Darkness MMORPG has officially been cancelled. After years of uncertainty since the staff for the project was downsized two years after the initial 2009 announcement, CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson issued the following statement yesterday revealing the shutdown of the project.

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.

For the fans, this is most certainly a blow that will be felt throughout the World of Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade fandoms in general.