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CCP Games announces Project Nova is cancelled.

EVE Online’s studio CCP Games has officially confirmed that it’s Project Nova IP, which was on hold is no more.

EVE Online studio CCP Games has confirmed its troubled EVE-themed multiplayer shooter Project Nova is officially cancelled. Although work on a new sci-fi shooter, with expanded scope, will continue at its London studio. 

Try as it may, it seems as though EVE Online developer CCP cannot get a first-person shooter to stick. In 2016, it canceled PS3-exclusive Dust 514 after an underwhelming run. Later, it canned Project Legion before it left the prototyping phase. Now, it seems Nova is next on the chopping block. For those unfamiliar with the game, Project Nova’s reveal was in 2016 as a spiritual successor to CCP’s long-defunct free-to-play PS3 shooter Dust 514. CCP was obviously struggling to come up with exciting ideas. However, and after a disappointing hands-on session in October of 2018, Project Nova was put on hold indefinitely. All went largely silent after that, until now, 18 months later, CCP is officially laying Project Nova to rest. 

In a statement on Reddit, CCP’s George Kellion said that the long-awaited Project Nova was getting the chop because its “gameplay experience as presented at EVE Vegas ’18 would not have achieved our ambitious goals for this concept”. As a result, all members of its Iceland-based development team have been moved onto other projects at the Reykjavík studio. Meanwhile, the game’s director Snorri Árnason went on to state that, the decision to axe it, was “a creative and not a financial one.”

So, what can we expect from CCP moving forward?

However, Kellion did note that there’s another EVE shooter in the works, this time developed in London instead of Iceland, where Project Nova was born. “It is very common for games in active development to evolve over time, often substantially,” Kelion said. “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.” 

CCP also says it will move away from publicly announcing its internal project codenames in the future. And will instead wait until it’s 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,” concluded Kellion. In any case, CCP is probably right to be a little cagey about making any formal announcements. This will be its third attempt at making an EVE-based shooter, let’s hope third time’s a charm. 

Eve Online was released in 2003 and is available on Mac and PC.

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