Pearl Abyss had a strong Q4 2019, but CCP’s EVE-spinoff Project Nova is officially canceled

    
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Pearl Abyss had a strong Q4 2019, but CCP’s EVE-spinoff Project Nova is officially canceled

South Korean gaming giant Pearl Abyss is on the rise once again – and unlike many of its mobile-focused competitors, PC MMORPGs and the west accounts for a respectable chunk of its potency. Its Q4 2019 investor report shows an 11% dip in revenues since Q3, but a 20% jump year over year (that is, compared to Q4 2018). Oh, and if you ever wondered how Black Desert stacks up to EVE Online, it’s about 6.5 times bigger in terms of revenue. But both MMORPGs are making more money than they were a year ago – BDO about 15% more (the multiple releases last year created mid-year spikes too) and EVE almost 13% more.

As mentioned during the investor call, it does now appear that Project Nova has been shelved a bit more than indefinitely. Gamers will recall that CCP Games (which is owned by Pearl Abyss) suspended the project at the end of 2018, saying that it didn’t quite meet expectations and lacked a proper hook to EVE Online itself. Last April, CCP’s Hilmar Pétursson promised that the studio would keep trying. In any case, we now know it won’t be trying with Nova itself, as Nova’s game director, Snorri Árnason aka CCP Rattati, told fans in the DUST 514 veterans’ Discord that it has been fully canceled now.

“[W]e are evolving the scope of Nova beyond our previous plans for early access, and the development will continue in our London studio. I am personally optimistic about this, but also wistful that also means that the Project Nova codename is retired and the London team will find a new one. […] This is not a fiscal decision, the London team had been working on very interesting ideas and concepts, and adding them to a shooter sounds very promising (to me).”

“The [Nova] team, including myself, transitioned into other EVE related work in [Reykjavik],” he said, noting that he’s now working on EVE’s ecosystem himself, though he did not know whether CCP will be making an official announcement. “I have already gone through the 7 stages of grief, now someone else needs to make the shooter I always wanted to play.”

We do know CCP is working on another shooter out of its London hub, as it’s been hiring team members for the last year.

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Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

After what’s happened to Project Nova, having Abyss in your company name doesn’t sound so great.

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Bruno Brito

So, what is CCP then? A MMO studios or just a one-hit wonder team incapable of putting anything else decent out there? Because as it stands out, they look like the Sir Mix-a-Lot of MMO gaming to me.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Another one bites the Dust.

edit: ninja’d by @Armsman

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Armsman

CCP is that the point it probably needs to pay royalties to the group Queen for their over use of:

“Another one bites the dust…”

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Utakata

…thankfully Queen was never a one-hit wonder. o.O

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flying_dutchman

CCP is one of my biggest disappointments for MMO game studios. Eve was a great game and one of the longest running and most successful MMO’s.

Instead of using that money to build up a great studio and push out some great games They have done NOTHING with all that money. In 22 YEARS, they have actually released 5 games. If you toss out all the “fake” projects. 1 of which was a VR sports game, 2 were mobiles games.

That means, in 20+ years they have released exactly 2 serious games aside from EvE, both of which were busts. They have attempted project after project and failed time after time. Now their cash-cow is drying up and they STILL can’t get a single project right.

Although they might not have been able to produce any AAA games, they could have at least been on the same level as turbine, and pushed out a few more western MMO’s.

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LifeLine91

Why though? And become another failed dev that seems to value quantity over quality?

Eve is still the best sandbox game on the market. CCP may have their failures and random projects (not all I’ve been opposed to either, Dust 514 was actually an okay game and great concept, but they fucked the dog on timing for the Dust 514 iteration, and the PS3 only release was a blinding misread).

However, focusing on that is misleading, because in those failures they’ve also shown themselves to not just push/release projects to justify the time/budget spent on it, they’ll close it down, in order to not overstretch and abandon the main baby, Eve Online.

Many other devs cant say the same.

I don’t care if they go on the occasional little side project, but I’m happy they seem to have slowed it down. I would be more opposed to them releasing another MMO.

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Khrome

EVE has been on a decline for a long time now. It says something about a game when it goes “F2P” and the number of online players stagnates or even drops.

CCP, for whatever reason, completely stopped further development on EVE itself – there’s been almost zero meaningful new features or content added for almost a decade. Most ‘content’ came down to toys for the ultra-rich nullsec alliance leaders or balance patches masquerading as ‘new content’. A few minor PvE additions are the only really new things CCP added in 10 years time. The last really big patch was Apocrypha in 2009, after that CCP just seems to have ‘given up’.

Even when you just focus on the sandbox element: The economy went bad with CCP not really doing anything about botters (in any form) until well after they’ve made a significant impact, PLEX strayed far away from its original intent, patches aimed at shaking up the incredibly stagnant nullsec situation usually accomplishing the opposite. It’s still the same people calling the shots there as 10 years ago.

It’d be nice to have the old CCP back which dared to dream big, and aimed to create the ultimate scifi simulator. Where’s all the ambition gone which was on display in trailers like A Future Vision and Prophecy?

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Christopher Allcock

Pearl Abyss has kinda been a blessing for us TBH; CCP finally have someone to tell them ‘no’ when something is clearly a money sink going nowhere.

Despite the closure of that project things are looking up for EvE itself, hopefully the trend continues

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Jon Wax

I think dust did that to CCP once but they weren’t listening

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Khrome

Problem is PA is saying no to anything that costs more than a dime to implement and yes to anything which can be sold to players outside of a subscription.

LifeLine91
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LifeLine91

I’ll withhold my judgement on PA – Eve is not PAs baby, if Eve is seen as not pulling enough weight financially in its portfolio of games (even if its still $ positive, just not meeting goals), I don’t trust where PA may apply pressure on CCP.

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atlasraven

I’m shocked – SHOCKED – that another EvE related project failed to hit its mark. Not really all that shocked since CCP has a track record for such projects.

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Covynant001

The more things change, the more they stay the same, at least when it comes to CCP developing new games.

Was surprised to infer Dust514 was still going (by mention of its Discord) as I figured that was long since dead.

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Jon Wax

Died in beta