CCP has sold White Wolf and World of Darkness to Paradox

CCP Games has apparently sold White Wolf and all of its properties — including World of Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade — to Paradox, a publisher based in Sweden. Paradox VP Shams Jorjani broke the news on the Twitters:

CCP began work on the then-much-anticipated World of Darkness, a VTM-themed hardcore sandbox, after it acquired White Wolf in 2006, with the game reportedly reaching alpha three times during its troubled development. But CCP canceled the game and laid of a large portion of its Atlanta studio in April of 2014. At the time, it had not publicly decided what to do with the IP. Now we know.

We’ve reached out to CCP to inquire about the fate of World of Darkness’ code and assets and will update if and when we learn more. See below for updates.

Source: Twitter via RPS
Update 9:46 a.m. EDT: Massively OP reader Styopa has forwarded along the press release, which quotes CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson on the sale: “At CCP, we have great admiration for the White Wolf brands and communities, and it was extremely important to us that the acquiring company share the same respect and understanding. With Paradox, we know we are leaving the brands in good hands.”
Update 11:03 a.m. EDT: Jorjani has told fans that the sale includes “everything,” including all CCP WoD assets:

CCP has told Massively OP directly that Hilmar Pétursson’s remarks above are the extent of the company’s current position and would not elaborate.

Update 11:14 a.m. EDT: CCP Manifest has suggested there are no layoffs associated with the sale:

Update 3:23 p.m. EDT: Now this is just a cruel tease:

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SteinarB
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DemonicPossession DanielReasor It’s old, it’s buggy, it _needs_ the fan patches.  In short it has more than a few problems and yet I love it.  It’s got atmosphere out the wazoo.  The haunted hotel level is, for example, downright eerie.  It really is one of the most atmospheric games I have _ever_ played.  And replayed several times, in fact.

Jacra
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Jacra

CraigWilhelmSmith 
Salem released a while ago, much expanded, full of people even with the expedition server added to the mix. It is owned by a different company since a long time too.

Jalek
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Jalek

Silverlock Rebel Engie  They pick up failed projects and abandon them.  Their internal projects are taken care of though.

Silverlock
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Silverlock

Rebel Engie Paradox wouldn’t have spent all that money if they didn’t already have a plan in place. Business wise I think it’s one of the smarter companies.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Vagrant Zero Rather have too many tips than too few. Don’t feel bad at all! <3

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

Please don’t IP-squat on it for years, like CPP did.

Vagrant Zero
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Vagrant Zero

Wow I JUST saw this…moments after I sent a “tip” to massively about it. Dear God I feel like a putz.

CrispyCycil
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CrispyCycil

Good.  I still haven’t forgiven CCP for canceling project vaulderie, the unity port of VTM:B.

maybe paradox will be more open minded if they don’t do touch bloodlines as well.

Zarconius
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Zarconius

Thank god those losers at ccp cant mess this up anymore than they already have.

Darkdrakke
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Darkdrakke

Thank God maybe we will finally get some decent Whitewolf IP games out of this…i will take another Vampire the MasQ games please and it doesn’t have to be a MMO !  I wil take anything at this point…><

Silverlock
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Silverlock

How sad is it that the best news out of CPP in over a year is that they are selling off a beloved asset.

Lateris
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Lateris

Sometimes you just have to let things go in the gaming world.

Kaloth
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Kaloth

Kayweg Dystopiq I think he’s already taking it as good news, simply because CCP no longer owns it.

evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

Same here. Wod is so much more than vampire the masquerade. That said I love vampire

Sazri
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Sazri

I spent 2000-2011 playing various WoD campaigns with different groups, and had a blast the whole time. CCP kind of killed the brand for a while. Here’s hoping the vampires and werewolves and mages and changelings make a roaring comeback.

9thLEGION
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9thLEGION

crawlkill DemonicPossession DanielReasor the soundtrack is fantastic. I have a collected OST that has everything, and I still listen to a number of those tracks on a regular basis even today.

9thLEGION
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9thLEGION

fangGWJ ??wtf?? are you smoking crack?

9thLEGION
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9thLEGION

theeknighthood as one of those whiners you mentioned, yes, now I will stop mentioning how disappointed I was that CCP would not release the IP. And yes, as a whiner, im much happier that CCP sold the IP to a solid company and not just the first company to come alone. Now, as a whiner, im just going to have to find something else to whine about i guess. Can you suggest something for me to whine about now? Nothing immediately comes to mind now that I can no longer whine about CCP holding onto the white wolf IP and do nothing with it.

evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

I wonder if they will partner up and bring in the minds eye theater startup. Its mostly old wod writters and hardcore fans

evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

Armsbend SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably me too.

Cujo H
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Cujo H

Silverbourne Cujo H I’d like to see some creative shit too. LIke a WoD Expansion for Cities: Skylines.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

ManastuUtakata Obsidian is an independent developer.  They’ve made games published by Sega (Alpha Protocol), LucasArts (Kotor 2), Atari (NWN2, Bethesda (Fallout NV), Square Enix (Dungeon Siege III), Ubisoft (South Park Stick of Truth), and recently Paradox (Pillars of Eternity).  Oh and they helped with Skyforge.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Kayweg Also the Mitsodas and Chris Avellone have expressed interest in working with Obsidian on it.  @_@

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Dystopiq If anything Paradox is going to do it justice.  They’re already teasing about working with Obsidian, and former devs for VtM Bloodlines + Chris Avellone have expressed interest in working with Obsidian on a WoD game as well.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

(Basically Mitsoda is the man who made VtM Bloodlines a reality and recently made
Dead State with his wife (the one tweeting about it), Avellone is an RPG legend who previously worked for
Obsidian/Black Isle and is working on Torment: Tides of Numenera – aka fangasm of RPG legends.) 
If this happens I can die happy.

Saerain
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Saerain

Dystopiq I absolutely got the impression they were fans, but it did seem like they didn’t know what they were biting off.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz


The fucking teases man, THE TEASES…
;-; I want this to happen so badly.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Mind Flayer Sorenthaz syberghost LordOfBread  Yeah, Landmark is still in perpetual closed “Early Access” beta, isn’t it?   
I don’t really know what to think of Daybreak anymore.  EQN seems like it’s growing further and further away while they’ve been scaling everything else down in terms of content releases and whatnot.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

syberghost Sorenthaz LordOfBread Perfect World, even using Cryptic, would be super iffy for me like I said.
Also the chances of that happening are zilch because Perfect World is a fellow publisher and Cryptic is under them. And Perfect World is notorious for shallow cash grabbers.  Cryptic is a bit better but they still would likely make it F2P, maybe try to throw it on consoles, and would have cash shop stuff up the wazoo.  
Daybreak could maybe work.  Maybe.  They have to prove themselves with Everquest Next first, and given how long Landmark has been in perpetual beta… yeah I don’t know.
Funcom would be the best one IF their financial issues are solved (though Paradox would probably fund them to make it, which could be beneficial for Funcom) and they make it different enough from TSW to where it doesn’t conflict with their MMO.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Flimflamberge syberghost Sorenthaz LordOfBread  Yeah Obsidian in general should definitely be the first company Paradox goes to for some WoD games.  Especially considering a few of the Obsidian folks formerly worked at Troika, I believe?  Which made VtM Bloodlines, the only real and good WoD RPG to date.

CraigWilhelmSmith
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CraigWilhelmSmith

Paradox has had some duds though as a publisher if anyone can recall including the MMO Salem that the developers had to rebuy from them and has heard nothing from since.  They also published the MOO clone Sword of the Stars series which both games were released rather buggy due to the nagging of Paradox to that of Kerebos.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

Ooooo, tech demo of  Vampires walking on Space stations please.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

bayspoon fangGWJ Hmmmm, how about Telltale Games then ?

Kayweg
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Kayweg

Dystopiq I’m not familiar with WoD, on the other hand, i’m quite familiar with games developed/published by Paradox.
Rock solid, straight up and thorough, and as far as i’m concerned with a spotless rep.
I think you’ll remember this as good news eventually.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

“At CCP, we have great admiration for the White Wolf brands and communities, and it was extremely important to us that the acquiring company share the same respect and understanding.”
Yeah by cancelling WoD, grabbing White Wolf team members, making them work on EVE and then laying them off. Fuck you CCP and good riddance. No way possible that Paradox can do worse. Yes I’m still salty.

Kayweg
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Kayweg

Pillars of Eternity, developed by Obsidian, published by Paradox….yep, i think i can see where this could be going. :D

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

I am not clear on that last Tweet. Am I to n00b assume this Obsidian owns Paradox? o.O

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Silverbourne Cujo H Got back to be a WoD fan after i’ve took some time to read V:Requiem.
I mean, the weaknesses of masquerade vampires were too set in stone. All Brujah are angry, all Toreador are hypnotized by pretty things, all Lasombra have no reflection… It didn’t gave the flexibility within the weaknesses that made your vampire, yours.
Now, with Requiem getting only 5 clans, and a lot of bloodlines, you get the best of the 2 worlds.

Scarecrowe
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Scarecrowe

Excellent news. I’m much more interested in a non-CCP game.

Blackomen
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Blackomen

Perfect Hero It wouldn’t even have to be an innovative new spaceship game to replace eve at this point. Hell a clone would put CCP out to pasture with the way they are ruining eve.

Perfect Hero
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Perfect Hero

And now CCP can keep tweaking sov until their company goes belly up the day someone releases a modern version of internet spaceships.

Tithian
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Tithian

Amazing news for the fans of the IP

Cujo H
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Cujo H

This is a really good thing for WoD fans.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably that is the happiest video game article I’ve read in I don’t know when.

SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably
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SirMysk Needs (More) Coffee, Probably

It just gets better: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/10/29/paradox-white-wolf/

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Finally some news to really get excited about!  Paradox is a much more worthy holder of the name than CCP would ever be.  A talented group who makes great games over and over.  Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

bayspoon
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bayspoon

fangGWJ Weirdest comment. wtf. WoD…and borderlands? Shoot me in the face, that’s a terrible idea…god damn.

luxundae
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luxundae

More WoD games!!!

theeknighthood
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theeknighthood

Oh thank goodness, all those people whining in every god damn article CCP related about this will now finally go away!
This is the best news I have heard in ages.
I am also glad to hear that CCP took the time to find someone they feel will give it justice and didn’t just flick it off to the first company that came along, like most of the whiners would have been quite happy with, hopefully one day World of Darkness will see the light of moon :)

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