THQ has announced that their upcoming MMO Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium Online won't actually be an MMO at all. The project has shifted focus and will now focus on an in-depth singleplayer experience as well as an online component outside of the MMO realm.
“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, CEO and President at THQ. “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.”
Sadly, along with this new direction for Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium comes the announcement of over 100 employees. All told, 39 folks at Relic Entertainment and 79 employees at Vigil Games are out of work. Best wishes to those affected by the transition, we're confident that their abilities will find a good home.
As for Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium, we'll continue to keep you updated on the title as it moves forward in a new direction, so stay tuned!