THQ: Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium no longer an MMO
Posted: 29.03.2012 19:33 by Comments: 12
THQ has made a startling announcement in an investor report: Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium will no longer be an MMO, but a full, retail release single player game, with online multiplayer.

According to THQ CEO Brian Farrell, “As previously announced, we have been actively looking for a business partner for the game as an MMO. However, based on changing market dynamics and the additional investment required to complete the game as an MMO, we believe the right direction for us is to shift the title from an MMO to a premium experience with single and multiplayer gameplay, robust digital content and community features."

"Because we believe strongly in the high-quality and vast creative work that is in production, this is the right decision for both our portfolio and for gamers devoted to this powerful property," he added.

“We are genuinely excited about the new direction that THQ is taking with Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium, and we are sure that this will be a great addition to the ever growing stable of authentic and engaging Warhammer 40,000 video games,”
said Games Workshop head of licensing Jon Gillard.

The unfortunate side of the transition is that 79 full-time employees will be let go from two internal THQ studios based in Austin, TX, Vigil Games and Relic Entertainment.

A few months ago, THQ was looking for "an active partner" for Dark Millenium Online. It could be the failure to find one has resulted in this transition.

Vigil will continue to develop Dark Millenium and Darksiders II, while Relic will also be working on Dark Millenium as well as the Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War franchises.

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By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Mar 29, 2012
Oh yeah!

Please do it properly!
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 29, 2012
Kinda worried though, it was being built from the ground up as an MMO up to this point and I wonder if they can make the transition.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Mar 29, 2012
Yeah, I get the worry. But hey, fingers crossed.
By PapVogel (SI Member) on Mar 29, 2012
I was more worried about them making an MMO... At least now I can hope for a good W40k game.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 29, 2012
This can only mean console versions.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 30, 2012
Most likely console versions as well - but better that than another MMO. I never liked MMO's that much so for me, this is good news.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 30, 2012
I dunno. I'd have enjoyed an MMO of W40K. In fact, make it an MMOFPS like PlanetSide.
By PapVogel (SI Member) on Mar 30, 2012
I'd enjoy a W40K MMO ONLY and ONLY if it had more races than just space marines and chaos...i want bloody imperial guard!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 01, 2012
Okay, so THQ no longer has the funds to realise this, what is for many a "dream" and may simply come out with a multiplatform jobie like ""Space Marine". Disappointed, I am.
Disappointed, and a little cheated....
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Apr 02, 2012
I think it'll be "just like an MMO, except we're not running servers".
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 02, 2012
Well that might be a good thing, without the minor updates and near constant server maintenance many MMO's are suffering from at present. I'll keep an open mind.
Strange way of wording it though, as if they really want it to be something that it won't. Who's kidding who, in other words.