Project Nova’s alpha is postponed indefinitely as CCP Games heads back to the drawing board

    
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CCP Games has put the brakes on Project Nova, according to a message plastered on the company website today. The game isn’t over, as CCP says it’s “return[ing] to the drawing board,” but the alpha has been postponed indefinitely as the devs figure out “how all this hard work can translate into something better and more meaningful for the EVE Universe.”

“Over the course of Project Nova’s development, we conducted a number of player research sessions with external partners, tirelessly playtested the game internally and brought community stalwarts in to help us evaluate the project,” says the studio. “Now, after taking all this research and feedback into account, we see that the gameplay experience in its current form does not live up to our original vision and would not achieve our ambitious goals for this project. As a result, we will not be moving forward with the upcoming invite-only Alpha until further notice.”

“Remaining true to our vision of Project Nova’s future in connection with EVE is essential. That is the only way we will be able to continue creating memorable experiences that ensure you – our ineffable players – are satisfied and make us proud as developers. Project Nova continues to evolve and we remain committed to delivering a high-quality team-based shooter experience to EVE Online fans, while exploring new and exciting opportunities to integrate the two games. CCP is in no rush to release Project Nova until we’re satisfied it provides a rock-solid gameplay experience and visuals to match.”

MMO readers will recall that Project Nova was meant to be the reimagining of CCP’s failed EVE-universe shooter DUST 514 and that CCP was bought out by Pearl Abyss just a few months ago. MassivelyOP’s EVE expert Brendan Drain got his hands on the title just a month ago at EVE Vegas, characterizing the demo as a highly strategic PvE/PvP shooter in need of a “killer hook” as well as more integration with EVE itself – which seems to be the conclusion CCP came to as well.

Project Nova is already a genuinely engaging shooter and definitely triggers my ‘just one more game’ reflex, but it’s still struggling to identify itself as a true EVE universe experience,” he wrote. “I worry that CCP may be over-estimating how much a solid core FPS brings to the market by itself and might fail to carve out a niche for Nova by the end of alpha without a compelling killer feature.”

Here’s a peek of Brendan’s footage at the event too:

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Kevin McCaughey

Does this just happen over and over again in MMO’s because of market conditions or do you actually believe the “It just wasn’t fun” excuse?

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Chris Walker

This is good news, imo. I’d rather CCP spend the extra time it takes to make a good shooter that ties into the awesome EVE universe than to release something bland and forgettable.

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Lateris

I totally agree. I played Dust 514 (PS3) on one monitor and Eve on the other. I sucked at their FPS but I loved it and found it to be fun.

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Danny Smith

So has CCP made a single product other than EVE that isn’t dead at this point?

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G0dl355

World Of Darkness would have been done or close to done already. I swear EVE’s loyal fanbase is the only reason CCP can still feed their families.

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Armsbend

Pray it is in better hands. maybe the silence is due to it being deeply into development now. Paradox is a good developer. Capable of implementing ideas into action – unlike the jokers at CCP.

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Baemir

WoD was too good to be true. I’m not even a fan of the franchise or anything. But the idea of getting a brand new, western AAA MMO with a unique setting, good lore and worldbuilding, presumably original mechanics, all of this in today’s MMO scene…
If that ever came to pass, it’d be nothing short of a miracle.

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Arktouros

Probably for the best, as previously mentioned another generic shooter isn’t something that lasts very long out there.

EVE has survived because it offers a number of unique elements. Unfortunately whatever creativity that was behind EVE originally seems to have largely shriveled up and died over in CCP. Now it’s just rehashed and low effort versions of other games.

Hopefully papa Pearl Abyss will clean shop.

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PurpleCopper

Who’d thought that making a FPS game was this difficult.

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Armsbend

CCP couldn’t get walking in a station right for five years. CCP can’t get anything right.

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Lateris

It never get released because the community protested…all we had was a CQ’s.

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Armsman

LOL – I think Project Nova is heading into a World of Darkness… ;)

[Thank you…Thank you…I’m here all week…]

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kofteburger

One hit wonder.

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Armsbend

CCP sincerely are one of the least talented developers in all of gaming.

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Greaterdivinity

Well that’s super disappointing as all hell, but I can’t really fault them if things simply weren’t working out. Was hoping for more progress by now, but I’d definitely rather them take more time making it good than seeing Dust 514 2.0