CCP makers of EVE Valkyrie, Sparc, and Gunjack to move away from VR and close down several studios.
Today there was a significant restructuring to CCP games, known in the VR world for the excellent EVE Valkyrie and Gunjack games. Recently we reported on how EVE Valkyrie was transitioning away from just the VR elements and into cross platform gaming. http://www.catsandvr.com/blog/evewarzone
This transition may have been a look at things to come. CCP is stepping back from VR and has closed it Atlanta office responsible for Sparc and is selling its Newcastle office responsible for Eve Valkyrie. I have been a fan of the VR work of CCP for a while and EVE VR was my first Oculus experience all the way in 2013. EVE VR would eventually become EVE Valkyrie, one of the first must have VR games.
CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson released a statement to the Iceland Monitor today
“Despite the success of the VR games we have released we will be shifting our focus to our PC and mobile initiatives,” says Pétursson. “We will continue to support our VR games but will not be making material VR investments until we see market conditions that justify further investments beyond what we have already made.”
No word on what will happen to CCP Shanghai, the team responsible for Gunjack, a game that has sold over 500,000 copies.
My heart goes out to the team and thank you for being VR pioneers.