Project Nova officially canceled, CCP will no longer publicly announce internal projects

By Stephany Nunneley
18 February 2020 15:23 GMT

CCP has officially canceled tactical FPS Eve Online spin-off Project Nova.

CCP’s parent company, Pearl Abyss, announced the cancelation of Project Nova in its most recent financial release, according to Massively.

According to the company, the gameplay experience presented at EVE Vegas 2018 would not have “achieved our ambitious goals for this concept.” Instead, it plans to continue to “develop our sci-fi multiplayer shooter game concept,” but will move away from what was previously known as Project Nova. The game’s development team in Iceland has also been moved to other projects.

Here’s the full statement posted on reddit:

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.

A joint venture between EVE-makers CCP and British-based studio Sumo Digital, the game was set in the EVE Online universe as a spiritual successor to Dust 514. Back in October 2018, CCP sais it had halted production of the project in order to “return to the drawing board.”

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