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UPDATED: VR Development at CCP Games Comes to an End

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As you may have heard, we announced today that we are working with another company to transition the ownership of CCP’s Newcastle studio into new hands.

What does this mean for everyone’s favourite first-person spaceship shooter? Well, for starters we can confidently confirm that EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone is not going away. We love the game just as much as we love our players, so you can rest assured that we’ll continue to support the product into the future.

The development team at the Newcastle studio will remain intact and complete work on the upcoming Winter Update for EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone. So don’t panic! You’ll still receive in-game support for custom matches, tournament tools and a spectator mode before the end of this year.

Our CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson said, “I couldn’t be more proud of our VR games and, more importantly, of the people here who made them.” This statement rings true for everyone at CCP.

This is not the end of EVE: Valkyrie, not by a long shot. It’s the just the beginning of a new chapter.

Welcome to the next life.

The Atlanta, Georgia and Newcastle, England studios of CCP Games will be closing and / or sold off in the coming months as development on virtual reality titles is coming to an end. The news was broken by Icelandic site MBL.is that further reports that over a hundred employees are affected by the studio closures.

The news is a blow to EVE: Valkyrie, once CCP's best hope for diving into the VR market. Recently, however, the game was taken from "VR only" to playable by all after the Warzone update last month. No VR equipment has been required since then.

Despite this policy change, Hilmar says that the CCP has not lost faith in the virtual gaming industry. "We have faith in the virtual reality in the long run," he says, adding that new technologies are ever changing waves, and the CCP will not be in a hurry to return to this sector when they want to jump back on the wagon.

The move will not impact EVE Online, according to CCP Falcon:

Hey guys,

Just a quick follow up to this, given that there are questions about EVE, and the future.

Obviously this is a really difficult day for CCP, and it’s been super tough to see a lot of our friends and colleagues end their journey with CCP.

With regards to EVE, it’s kind of bittersweet that this puts us in a more solid position going forward, as a lot more focus is back on EVE Online, its services and all the technology and support around it.

The EVE Online development team was not impacted at all by these changes, and remains the same size, working toward the same goals and features that have already been announced.

We still have very big plans for EVE Online, and everything we’ve announced, plus more, is still going ahead, so there shouldn’t be any concerns from our pilots in that respect.

There’ll be more information about other projects, studios and suchlike in the coming days, and there’s also communication going out soon to the Valkyrie community too that has further information.

You can check out the community reaction on the EVE Online Reddit.

Read more at any of the links above.

Via MassivelyOP


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom