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CCP halts production of EVE-based FPS Project Nova

Icelandic studio is going "back to the drawing board" more than a year after announcement

CCP Games has stopped production of Project Nova, a first-person shooter set in the EVE Online universe.

Project Nova was announced in October 2017, just before CCP cancelled its VR push due to the slow growth of the market. The Icelandic company had publicly showed the game at its own events, but the decision has been taken to "return to the drawing board."

"Over the course of Project Nova's development, we conducted a number of player research sessions with external partners, tirelessly playtested the game internally, and brought community stalwarts in to help us evaluate the project," CCP said in a statement.

"Now, after taking all this research and feedback into account, we see that the gameplay experience in its current form does not live up to our original vision and would not achieve our ambitious goals for this project. As a result, we will not be moving forward with the upcoming invite-only Alpha until further notice."

This may not be the end of Project Nova entirely, however. CCP stated that it wants the hard work invested to date to "translate into something better and more meaningful for the EVE Universe," but that there is no rush to release an inferior product.

Project Nova is not the first example of an FPS tied to the EVE universe. CCP's Dust 514 had a similar concept, but it was closed down in 2016, less than three years after it launched in open beta.

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