CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson will provide “an exclusive first look at the company’s latest project, which is currently in pre-production,” at GDC Europe in Köln, Germany, August 17th-19th. The Massively article is HERE.
Massively makes the possibly safe assumption that the new project is World of Darkness Online. I would make the same assumption myself, and personally, this is a project I can’t wait to get a look at. As illustrated by EVE Online, CCP is far more willing to stretch the MMO paradigm than virtually anybody else in the business, and is also willing to nurture such a project until it becomes a success. In fact, I’d say CCP is the best in the industry at building a successful title out of a marginal one that appears very nichey on the surface.
On top of that, the IP is one that I admire a great deal, although on the tabletop I always considered the World of Darkness to be a set of concepts that read better on paper than it played on the tabletop. I do wonder, however, if the MMO iteration will be based on the classic World of Darkness or on White Wolf’s newer, reimagined version.
In either case, the WoD MMO is probably the future project that I’m most looking forward to seeing. I expect it’s at least two and possibly four years away yet, so there’s no sense getting too excited just yet.