Paradox Interactive, developer/publisher of games such as Magicka and Crusader Kings, has announced their acquisition of White Wolf Studios from CCP Games (Eve Online). As part of this deal, White Wolf Publishing will run as an independent subsidiary of Paradox Interactive headed up by CEO Tobias SjÃ¶gren, formerly Executive Vice President of Business Development at Paradox Interactive. White Wolf Publishing owns and maintains the World of Darkness, Vampire The Masquerade and Werewolf The Apocalypse brands and intellectual properties.
Though White Wolf Publishing is mostly known for their pen-n-paper role-playing games, card games and novels, there have been a few attempts at turning their properties into video games. The best of these is Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines which was developed by Troika Games and published by Activision back in 2004.
Fredrik Wester, CEO and President of Paradox Interactive, says the need to keep White Wolf as a separate entity under the Paradox umbrella is because “White Wolfâ€™s IPs have very different themes than Paradoxâ€™s titles, and deserve their own brand and team”. Tobias SjÃ¶gren, CEO of White Wolf Publishing, follows this up by adding that the â€œWhite Wolf IPs are well suited for all kinds of media and we see great potential to expand them in the futureâ€.
This is good news for fans of video games based on White Wolf properties as they seem very eager to develop new titles based on them. The obvious choice would be to make a sequel or spiritual successor to Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. The game has a dedicated fanbase which has been creating Unofficial Patches that fix a lot of bugs and add levels and characters that were excised from the final game. Troika Games has since been dissolved but the people who worked on that game are still in the gaming business, including writer Brian Mitsoda, Creative Director of Double Bear Productions, and programmer Tim Cain who works at Obsidian Entertainment. Getting the band back together would be a dream come true. Please make it happen, White Wolf Studios and Paradox Interactive.