Eve Online developer CCP today laid off nearly 50 staff members in a "gigantic cut" for its Reykjavik headquarters.

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The 49 job losses, confirmed by CCP after an initial Polygon report, are said to affect the company's publishing organisation.

Today's news comes as CCP renews its focus on games set in its Eve universe, after the failure of its canned World of Darkness MMO.

"As part of our strategy to focus on the EVE Universe, today CCP conducted a restructuring that resulted in the layoff of 49 people in our publishing organisation," a CCP spokesperson told Eurogamer.

"Though it is hard to say goodbye to our friends and family, this action concludes the process we started several months ago. CCP has provided severance packages and job placement assistance for those affected."

Development on Eve Online, Dust 514, VR spin-off Eve Valkyrie and the newly-announced Project Legion are not affected by the cuts.

World of Darkness reached an alpha build three times over almost nine years of development, it was reported earlier today. CCP pulled the plug on the MMO back in April, resulting in the loss of 56 jobs at its Atlanta studio.

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