Despite the heavy investments in VR, CCP the creators of EVE: Valkyrie is shutting down its VR office in Atlanta and selling its office in New Castle according to MBL. This decision overall will be affecting nearly 100 employees and many VR devs that worked on the recent VR title.
The CCP Atlanta studio is being closed down and after 8 years my time with CCP is coming to an end… Now to figure out what to do next.
— Sigurdur Gunnarsson (@SiggiGG) October 30, 2017
Game dev and “VR nut” at CCP, Sigurdur Gunnarson tweeted out “The CCP Atlanta studio is being closed down and after 8 years my time with CCP is coming to an end… Now to figure out what to do next.”
EVE: Valkyrie was one of the most iconic VR games in recent history where they managed to launch a space-themed game where you were entrenched in space combat. It was actually one of the first VR games to be released alongside the Oculus Rift during its initial launch.
The reasoning behind this may be due to the lack of sales, interest, and players for their EVE VR games. The VR world currently doesn’t see as many players as traditional PC games such as their EVE franchise on PC.
EVE: Valkyrie has been released on both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in addition to receiving graphic enhancements through the GeForce team. We will probably no longer see any updates for the game. The game itself has received mixed reviews thus far by the community.
But despite the recent closing of their offices, CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson stated to MBL, “We have faith in the virtual reality in the long run.” They see this technology taking a little longer to manifest than anticipated. “Virtual reality will eventually change the world,” said Hilmar.
CCP will be changing directions and will do a little research and monitor the mobile game market in China and South Korea where they believe they can capitalize.
We aren’t quite sure what will happen to costs for EVE: Valkyrie but you can still purchase it today on Steam for $29.99.