Earlier on in the year, there was a rumor going around that THQ had canned the Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium Online MMO, along with all of its 2014 lineup. This turned out to be false, but the publisher later released a statement that suggested that Dark Millennium‘s future was uncertain. Unfortunately, things are now looking even worse.
The financially-troubled publisher announced today that Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online will no longer be an MMO as originally planned. Instead, the title will drop the “Online” portion of its title and will be developed as a singleplayer-focused experience. Multiplayer will be included in some form, THQ says, but details are unknown.
Last month, THQ said that it was fighting to keep Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium going, but THQ CEO Brian Farrell said in a statement that the company was “realistic” about their resources, and as such the company was “actively seeking a partner” to help fund the MMO. In a new statement released by Farrell today, it sounds like that didn’t happen.
“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,” Farrell said in a statement.
“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.”
As a result of this change, THQ said that it will be laying off a total of 118 employees of THQ’s internal studios: 79 full-time employees from Vigil Games, and 39 employees from Vancouver-based Relic Entertainment.v
Here’s to hoping that everyone impacted by the latest round of layoffs at THQ gets back on their feet soon.