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Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online Is No Longer A MMO

by Jim Reilly on Mar 29, 2012 at 08:20 AM

THQ said today it is shifting focus for the long-developed MMO title Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online. The game is now a single-player title with multiplayer features.

As a result , team sizes at two 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., THQ said.

“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 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.”

Further product details, platforms and release timing will be announced at a later date, THQ said.

“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.

THQ said Vigil Games will contiune working on Darksides II, due out this June, while Relic Entertainment is focusing on Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.