World of Darkness the long in-development massively multiplayer online vampire game based on the Vampire: The Masquerade series has been canceled, or at best “halted” by developer CCP.

CCP is best know for being the creators of the EVE Online world with its many side games. The cancellation of World of Darkness, which was announced in 2006 and in active development since at least 2009, comes with layoffs at the developer's Atlanta offices.

"The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I've ever had to make," CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson said in a prepared statement. "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.”

The remaining team, and in fact all of CCP, will be focuses on EVE games only. The studio is currently working on EVE Online (the continuously expanding online universe) , Dust 514 (a highly customizable first-person shooter set on the planets insides the EVE Online universe) and EVE Valkyrie, a space dogfighting game and an Oculus Rift launch title.

World of Darkness was said to incorporate elements of open-world sandbox games like DayZ and Rust while playing out the battle between humans and vampire. After over five years in full development it just couldn't seem to come together.

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[via Polygon]