MMOs are, by their nature, intrinsically a money and time sink to develop. Unfortunately, with the flux that the MMO market is in, there's also no guarantee of a return on an investment.
In 2006, to the excitement of World of Darkness fans around the world, MMO giant and Eve Online developer CCP announced that it would be developing an MMO based off of the world created by White Wolf. Since the game's initial announcement, there's been relatively little content that the developer has publicly shown.
Now, CCP has announced that the World of Darkness project is cancelled. With the project's cancellation will come 56 layoffs at the CCP Atlanta studio. "The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I've ever had to make," stated CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson. "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.
"... 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."
CCP Atlanta will now focus entirely on the studio's moneymaker, Eve. Currently, the studio has Dust 514, Eve Online, and Eve Valkyrie as its current projects.