Today spaceship lovers have someting to be happy about, while fans of vampires have a reason to be more gloomy than usual.
CCP Games just announced a major refocusing of it’s development resources, in order to bring more to the expansion of the EVE Online universe (including the upcoming PS3 MMO FPS Dust 514), at the expense of the vampire themed MMORPG World of Darkness.
The priorities of the fathers of EVE Online (That I recently re-reviewed) will be, from now on, as follows:
For the immediate future, our mission is to enrich the vast EVE Universe by strengthening the continuous development of EVE Online while preparing to bring DUST 514 to market on the PS3. We do this in order to realize our ambitious and challenging plan of joining the two in a cross-platform, truly massive online world.
World of Darkness will continue development with a significantly reduced team. This team will continue to iterate and expand on the gameplay and systems they have designed. We will also redeploy creative teams in Atlanta to support the launch of DUST 514.
This will allow the Icelandic developer to push out content and expansions for EVE Online faster and more efficently, and to focus better on launching DUST 514 on the PS3 without negatively affecting the development of EVE.
While CCP clarifies that EVE Online is still growing in subscribers year-over-year, they lost part of their playerbase during the summer, even because three games at the same time has spread their resources too thin. This refocusing of their resources is the first step to address that.
Unfortunately, this also means that there will be layoffs from the World of Darkness team (about 20% of the whole staff), both in the Atlanta studio and in the Reykjavik one. This is always something sad to see happen, and our best wishes go to those affected Hopefully they’ll be able to find new ventures soon.