The next chapter in the saga of White Wolf Publishing took a positive turn today when it was announced that it has been acquired by Paradox Interactive. As a new subsidiary of Paradox, White Wolf will operate independently and manage all White Wolf properties, including the wildly popular World of Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade.
Naturally our first thoughts turn to the potential for the World of Darkness MMO to be resurrected in some form. While no official statement has been made one way or another, it does bode well that Paradox is very much ingrained in PC gaming with an impressive portfolio of titles flying its banner.
Mind you, Paradox isn’t necessarily known for its stable of MMO development studios, but does have some solid titles worthy of note. Pillars of Eternity, for example, is developed by the folks at Obsidian Entertainment who have more recently gotten heavily involved in MMO and online games development with Skyforge and Armored Warfare.
Of course, Paradox is also well known by strategy gamers with its own in-house offerings via Paradox Development Studio. The Crusader Kings franchise is just one example, but there are plenty of others to be discovered with a quick glance at the list of available titles on the official Paradox website.
Will we eventually see a World of Darkness MMO materialize at some point? It’s no doubt still far too early to tell, but this is the first potentially positive news on that front since the project was officially cancelled by CCP Games following the rocky launch of DUST 514. Prior to the cancellation, little was publically shown from the project, and plenty of rumors and speculation circulated that progress on the MMO was minimal at best.
Hopefully this means that a proper World of Darkness MMO (I’d even be happy with a proper Vampire: The Masquerade MMO at this point) will eventually see the light of day. Most likely it will be quite some time until any announcements would be made on that front, but we’ll be sure to keep our readers informed should that day eventually arrive.
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