That Warhammer 40K MMO is an MMO No More

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Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online, previously announced to be a massively multiplayer online action role-playing game, sheds the “Online” portion of its title to become Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium, THQ today confirming that the project has been shifted away from an MMO business model and is now being refocused as an “immersive single player and online multiplayer experience with robust digital content, and engaging community features.” Wait…isn’t that kinda what Space Marine already is?

“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.”

Games Workshop sounds optimistic about the move, too:

“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 Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing for Games Workshop.

Release timing and platforms are to be revealed at a later date, the key word there being “platforms,” because as an MMO it was only going to be a PC game, but now that the direction has changed it seems logical to expect console versions.

Of course, the sad news in all of this is THQ’s continued job slashing spree. Collectively, 118 full-time employees at internal studios Vigil Games and Relic Entertainment have been terminated as a result of Dark Millennium dropping its MMO aspirations. On the bright side, at least the studios weren’t completely shut down like THQ has done with many others over the past year.

Now let’s take a trip down memory lane to last year’s E3 for a look at Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium when it was going to be an MMO.

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