CCP confirms the death of Project Nova, will keep future games quiet until closer to ready

    
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Yesterday, as part of our coverage of Pearl Abyss’ Q4 2019 financial report, we broke the sad news that CCP Games’ Project Nova had been more than merely shelved indefinitely: It had been outright canceled. That investor call tidbit was later confirmed at length in the DUST 514 veterans’ Discord by Nova’s former game director, Snorri Árnason aka CCP Rattati.

At the time, we didn’t know whether a more formal announcement was coming, but now we have one, as VG247 noticed that CCP had indeed commented on our story on Reddit. George K aka CCP Grendel reiterates publicly what Árnason had already posted privately regarding the movement of the Nova team to other teams in Reykjavík and the continuation of development on the new shooter in the London offices. He elaborates, as well, explaining why Nova didn’t work and that the studio will (wisely) be avoiding going public too soon with its next EVE Online spinoffs. It also sounds as if parts of Nova will make it into the London game.

“We’re continuing to develop our sci-fi multiplayer shooter game concept, actively evolving it beyond the original scope for what was formerly codenamed Project Nova. Development efforts on this concept are now the full focus of CCP’s London studio. Project Nova team members based in Iceland have been moved onto other projects at our Reykjavík studio.

“This decision was taken because Project Nova’s gameplay experience as presented at EVE Vegas ’18 would not have achieved our ambitious goals for this concept. Moreover, it is very common for games in active development to evolve over time, often substantially. We remain committed to offering a rock-solid, action-oriented gameplay experience with stellar visuals, but due to significant changes in the scope and direction of our sci-fi multiplayer shooter game concept, it also made sense to update how we refer to this project internally. So, we are no longer using the codename Project Nova for this game concept.

“Furthermore, we are moving away from publicly announcing our internal project codenames and will wait until we’re ready for a full reveal. We want to show you rather than tell you how we have evolved this concept and we’re looking forward to doing so when the time comes to present this concept as a fully-fledged game.

MOP’s EVE Evolved columnist Brendan Drain has written at length about the problems Project Nova suffered during its first alpha run. For that matter, he’s also written at length about DUST 514, the shooter sunsetted before this one. Bit of a pattern there.

We’ve also covered the new titles CCP is working on, including the new MMORPG.

Source: Reddit via VG247, Twitter

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Alberto

AAAAAAAnnndd No One is surprised at all……

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3dom

> will keep future games quiet until closer to ready

I guess we won’t hear any news from them for ~5-10 years considering their “productivity” when it comes to actual releases.

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Bruno Brito

I’ll repeat myself:

“The Sir Mix-a-Lot of MMOs”.

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Vaeris

Concerns of the readiness of all their previous titles withstanding, the idea of staying quiet about your titles until they are near the point of “readiness” you deem for launch is a laudable practice. There are too many negative distractions when you talk early.

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Utakata

“…will keep future games quiet until closer to ready”

I not sure any of their other projects where ever ready to begin with. So are they planning on taking some sort of perpetual vow of silence save them from future egg on the face announcements? O.o

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Armsbend

Now we don’t take about our continual failures. We treasure them.

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NeoWolf

By Treasure you mean do Monetize right..? hehe

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NeoWolf

Another announced CCP project that didn’t happen is pretty much not a new thing at this juncture. They do not seem to be very good on the whole finishing thing.

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Loopy

I don’t like the term “one trick pony”, but i can also see the writing on the wall.

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Armsbend

At least they got Dust and that VR thing released.

Nothing has really worked for these guys since Monocle-gate – all those many years ago. They’ve been a rudderless ship since that time.

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Jon Wax

Seemed more like dust was shat out

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Armsbend

I doubt they will ever make another game again.

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Techno Wizard

I remember EVE Fanfest a couple of years ago. There was a lot of enthusiasm for Project Nova back then after what happened to the now defunct DUST, an alternative was looked forward to. I hope new games like EVE Echoes make it to an actual genuine launch after the teasing but tragic failed launches of World Of Darkness and Project Nova.

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Jon Wax

Just a guess but dual universe will eventually destroy eve

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Highly unlikely. Besides being both Sci-fi titles with spaceships, they have entirely different gameplay options.