A rumor that THQ had canceled all of its 2014 lineup, including the Warhammer: Dark Millennium MMO, started making the rounds over the weekend. Additionally, the rumor stated that THQ was looking to sell itself off, giving the impression that the publisher is in a bad way.
If any of that were true, it certainly would mean that THQ is in dire straits–but it apparently isn’t. Shortly after the rumor started making the rounds, THQ issued a statement firmly and plainly refuting the rumor.
“THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO,” the publisher said in a statement.
“Our slate for calendar 2012 and beyond is focused on high-quality core games and continues to build our digital platform and business. We are excited for our pipeline of original and high-quality content along with our relationships with some of the best talent in the industry.”
While the publisher didn’t say in its statement that the Warhammer: Dark Millennium MMO had been cancelled, they also didn’t say that it hadn’t been. Saying that they “[have] not made any decisions” doesn’t exactly sound like they’re all too confident that the MMO will ever see the light of day.
Still, we won’t know for sure until THQ comes out and confirms Dark Millennium‘s future, or lack thereof. But at least you can rest easy that THQ won’t be going away anytime soon.
If you’d like to read THQ’s statement in full, see below.
THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO. As part of the ongoing review of our business, we have made decisions to ensure that the company is strategically addressing the most attractive markets. As we have previously announced, we have dramatically reduced our commitment to the kids’ boxed games sector which leads to a significantly more focused release schedule moving forward. Our slate for calendar 2012 and beyond is focused on high-quality core games and continues to build our digital platform and business. We are excited for our pipeline of original and high-quality content along with our relationships with some of the best talent in the industry.
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