Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Changed from MMO to Single/Multi-player Game

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Here’s a weird sort of change to a game. THQ has put out a statement that says Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium in being "refocused from a Massively Multiplayer Online game to an immersive single player and online multiplayer experience with robust digital content, and no mo online mmo for dark millenniumengaging community features."

So it seems to have changed from an online game to a physical retail game altogether. They haven’t announced platforms but one might guess PC if it was aimed at MMO. It could also be PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.

 “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,” said Brian Farrell, President and CEO of THQ Inc. “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.”

I think we might take that to mean that no one wanted to gamble with the financially-stressed THQ and help them put an MMO into the market when they might not be able to support it if their financial woes continued.

As a result of this change, team sizes at two THQ internal studios will be reduced by 79 full-time employees at Vigil Games in Austin, Texas, and 39 employees at Relic Entertainment in Vancouver, B.C.

Well that’s just crap now isn’t it?  Vigil Games will continue to focus on both this game and the critically-acclaimed new title, Darksiders II. Relic Entertainment continues to focus on titles like Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.

So the real question is, who is now developing Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium, if anyone? If you are Games Workshop you have to be concerned about the future of your Warhammer franchise in terms of video games right now.

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