Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium no longer a MMO

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium will no longer be a MMO, as originally planned. Instead, it will be "an immersive single player and online multiplayer experience with robust digital content, and engaging community features."

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More bad news for beleaguered publisher THQ. Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium will no longer be a MMO, as originally planned. Instead, it will be "an immersive single player and online multiplayer experience with robust digital content, and engaging community features."

"As previously announced, we have been actively looking for a business partner for the game as an MMO," THQ president and CEO Brian Farrell said in the surprise announcement. "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."

"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," Farrell added.

Disappointing financial results have caused the publisher to already implement severe layoffs. That trend will continue with the move away from a MMO model for Dark Millennium. As a result of today's decision, 79 full-time employees at Vigil Games and 39 employees at Relic Entertainment will be laid off.

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    March 29, 2012 11:45 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium no longer a MMO.

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium will no longer be a MMO, as originally planned. Instead, it will be "an immersive single player and online multiplayer experience with robust digital content, and engaging community features."

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      March 29, 2012 11:57 AM

      Translation: We thought SWTOR was a pretty good effort and it still can't bring in the numbers we'd need to make this work. D'oh!

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        March 29, 2012 12:11 PM

        Well if it becomes a focused SP experience I could see it being decent still...

        please don't suck

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        March 29, 2012 12:23 PM

        I think it has more with the THQ people blowing all the companies money on that shit tablet and now can't pay for nice things, like MMOs.

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      March 29, 2012 12:08 PM

      Wow. Well that's a lot better than it being cancelled altogether, which is what I was expecting.

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      March 29, 2012 12:20 PM

      I don't understand what fuck there making now. "premium experience with single and multiplayer gameplay, robust digital content and community features." AKA another space marine game?

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        March 29, 2012 12:35 PM

        Warhammer 40,000 Skyrim

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        March 29, 2012 1:05 PM

        It's from Vigil, so probably more like Darksiders,

        The world doesn't need another MMO so this is probably for the best.

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          March 29, 2012 1:15 PM

          Holly shit really Vigil? The rule this game should be awesome, getting pre pumped.

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        March 29, 2012 1:54 PM

        Digital Content = "Play for $60, win for +$10."

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        March 29, 2012 2:20 PM

        ive been fantasizing about an open world, RPG 40k game where you play an inqusitor going around stamping out xenos and heresy for years. i want to recruit a motley group of vagabond retinue, level them up for the emperor, and have to manage taint/purity, maybe a party member or two can turn on you and you have to grant them the emperors mercy. yup yup

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      March 29, 2012 12:24 PM

      Space Marine 2 motherfuckers!

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        March 29, 2012 2:06 PM

        This is exactly how I read it, and I'm totally okay with that.

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        March 29, 2012 3:53 PM

        No, I'd expect it to have a lot more to it than that. I enjoyed Space Marine, but it was missing more variety and a decent RPG-light system.

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          March 29, 2012 4:34 PM

          what could a captain of a space marine company learn in the course of a battle?

          The whole RPG schtick just doesn't work with the fluff of the Space Marines.

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            March 30, 2012 3:05 AM

            Not so much skills as new Wargear instead of just new weapons that didn't vary the gameplay much. I enjoyed it, but it felt fairly straight forward.

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      March 29, 2012 12:28 PM

      How do you turn an MMO into an enjoyable single player game? Yikes. That's gonna be interesting.

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        March 29, 2012 12:30 PM

        According to reviews and from the shack comments I've read, it worked for Amalur. I didn't like Amalur, but that's the path it took, and it worked for it.

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        March 29, 2012 12:31 PM

        I dunno, maybe action game with RPG elements? Torchlight-ish?

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        March 30, 2012 3:22 AM

        Divinity 2 felt a lot like a SP mmo. Was fun too.

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      March 29, 2012 12:29 PM

      I wanna play as an Inquisitor :(

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      March 29, 2012 1:53 PM

      Honestly, can't complain about this.
      MMOs aren't my cup of tea, but I'm a sucker for any WH40k title, so bring it on!

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      March 29, 2012 2:06 PM

      Translation: Vigil just laid off 80 people.

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      March 29, 2012 2:35 PM

      Hopefully this means it'll be a more interesting single player experience. Fuck MMOs.

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      March 29, 2012 2:58 PM

      thank god, I hate mmos

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      March 29, 2012 3:22 PM

      Heh, "this is the right decision". I don't think any CEO has ever made a sweeping announcement of a change in strategy, and then said, "I'm not entirely sure about this decision." That "this is the right decision" statement is really just a security blanket for shareholders.

      That said, like the others were saying, this is a better decision than canning the project entirely, and THQ in general is hurting after their bloodbath at the end of last quarter:

      http://www.shacknews.com/article/72278/thq-filing-confirms-major-layoffs
      http://www.shacknews.com/article/72298/udraw-discontinued

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      March 29, 2012 3:42 PM

      I might actually play this now, MMO was just :(

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      March 29, 2012 3:49 PM

      Still excited.

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      March 29, 2012 4:21 PM

      So thq isn't doing too well? Even so, I'd take a good 40k SP game over mmo any day

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      March 29, 2012 6:07 PM

      August 2010 I felt confident that this MMO was doomed: http://www.shacknews.com/article/65248/warhammer-40000-mmo-gets-new?id=23780152

      Terminating this MMO was too late in coming and trying to salvage a single player game or RPG out of it is not worth it. THQ has hit the reset button on this project so aside from some art assets and maybe a little engine tech Vigil has to start all over. That's another 2-3 year development cycle. Moreover, I wouldn't trust Vigil with it; Relic maybe but not Vigil. What THQ really needed to do was make a Mass Effect style RPG but I repeat it's too late and I don't think they have the time or resources to pull it off. The pressure will be on to push something out the door in the short term, 1-2 years, but it will not result in good work. THQ should look into selling the Warhammer 40K license or just give it back to Games Workshop so they can offer it to healthier developers/companies.

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      March 29, 2012 6:10 PM

      The Vigil layoffs pis me off. I really like Darksiders so far, and hope it turns into a long running series. I hope they don't F*ck it up with these layoffs.

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      March 29, 2012 6:13 PM

      I'll buy it no matter what it turns into, but I'm hoping for a much improved Space Marine 2.

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      March 29, 2012 6:20 PM

      Couldn't care less about WH40k, but good move nonetheless. MMOG market is way too competitive nowadays. So when they're going to make Homeworld 3, I've been waiting waiting and waiting...

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      March 30, 2012 2:40 AM

      Hell yes!!! Another Space Marine game :D I couldn't give a shit about an MMO, so this is excellent news (never actually heard of this game BTW).

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      March 30, 2012 3:38 AM

      I want a 40K game that lets me play in something like a DoW opening cutscene.
      Space Marine was super fun, but a bit too much of a solo experience. fighting on the ground of a large battle with vehicles n shit would be awesome

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      March 30, 2012 6:27 AM

      AWESOME news!! Can't wait for this game, now.

      Previously I had little to no interest, despite my love for the universe the game is set within.

      SWEET!

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