CCP’s New MMO: White Wolf’s World of Darkness – PERMADEATH? OMG YES!
I know this game is probably at least two years away, but the press release today coming out of CCP’s New Orleans based Grand Masquerade just about made me burst with excitement. If there were any doubts about the direction and goals of CCP’s (of EVE fame) next MMORPG, it looks like they may now be squashed . Sounds to me like CCP is going to keep their World of Darkness a complex one. Even better, and to me more surprising, CCP isn’t going mainstream commercial with their second MMO. The inclusion of the ‘final death’ or Permadeath is a hardcore decision, and one I love! This sounds too perfect. I know a lot of people are not fans of permadeath, but this is really the only way to be true to the tabletop RPG and lore. Here is Massively’s small writeup and more highlights. I’m sure we will see much more as the Grand Masquerade unfolds in New Orleans this week.
“The entire game will take place at night and on one server,and CCP is definitely aiming it toward the hardcore set. Nudity, gore, and insanity effects are all par for the course.It’s CCP’s desire to emulate LARPing (live-action roleplaying) as much as possible with World of Darkness, with plenty of metaplots running inside the game and without. Players will begin as a mortal human who can make the choice to become a kindred (vampire) or stay mortal for the duration of their characters’ lives. There’s a very real danger that characters might experience “final death” — permadeath — if they take too many risks. If you get in over your head, you can retreat to your character’s Haven for safety.If players push outside of the acceptable boundaries too often, they’ll lose “humanity” points and could become flagged for constant attack by other players and NPCs. Play your cards right and you may become the prince of the city. The game will change over time with dynamic events, and CCP promises that there will be real consequences for player decisions.“
I’m hoping that eventually all or most of White Wolf’s races will eventually be included in this game:
Vampires (in at launch, several factions)