Fan Remake Shut Down. This Is Never A Good Idea.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines was a very interesting game that, for all its many problems (it's kinda broken), has a core of very loyal fans. Because the original game is a mess, some of those fans wanted to remake the game and clean it up. And they would have got away with it too, if it wasn't for games publisher CCP.

The EVE Online developers, who also own the rights to Vampire, have sent a cease-and-desist to the team working on the remake, saying "we believe you are infringing CCP's intellectual property rights".

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I mean, maybe they are technically, but this is always a crummy move on the part of video game companies that very rarely makes much sense. Here was a team of loyal fans doing something they would have released for free, which could have been a cool story about a series that CCP own!

Instead we're now writing about CCP looking like the bad guys.

Goodnight, Sweet Prince [Project Vaulderie, via RPS]

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