It is never good to hear that good people who are passionate about their product have lost their jobs but that is exactly what has happened at Eve Online developer CCP. An official statement reads as such:
“As part of our strategy to focus on the EVE Universe, today CCP conducted a restructuring that resulted in the layoff of 49 people in our publishing organization. Though it is hard to say goodbye to our friends and family, this action concludes the process we started several months ago. CCP has provided severance packages and job placement assistance for those affected.
“Development teams and plans for EVE Online, EVE: Valkyrie, DUST 514, and ‘Project Legion‘ are not impacted by the restructuring.”
This is the second round of layoffs in recent history for the company as it was only back in April that layoffs occurred after the cancellation of the MMO titled World of Darkness.
Perhaps the additional workload of developing the proof-of-concept EVE: Valkyrie into a full game for the Oculus Rift or supporting the under-performing DUST 514 drew more resources than anticipated. The true reasons for the layoffs will most likely remain sealed behind the closed doors of CCP but it is good that there will be assistance for those affected.
Personally, I never played any game in the EVE Universe other than DUST 514 on the PS3. It was a shooter-style game comparable with any other in the genre but I felt like I didn’t get the full experience just because I didn’t know or understand the greater scope of the EVE universe. I have great respect for the developers and community of the EVE Universe and hope that this is just a small stumbling block in their march forward.
Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!