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Old 03-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium MMO Cancelled


THQ has announced that the Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium MMO has been cancelled and the game will be re-structured as a standard single-player & multiplayer game. "As a result of this change, team sizes at two THQ 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."

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THQ Inc. today announced that it has refocused Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium from a Massively Multiplayer Online game to an immersive single player and online multiplayer experience with robust digital content, and engaging community features. Further product details, platforms and release timing will be announced at a later date.

“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 Inc. “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.”

“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.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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That fucking sucks, I was really looking forward to it.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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Breaks my heart to see THQ struggling. They have been responsible for several of my favorite games this gen (Saint's Row, the YDKJ reboot, and several others). Hopefully they'll be able to regroup and return to profitability in the very near future.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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Smart move as MMO market is too crowded. No way this game would have been profitable.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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THQ needs some new management and investors quick, fast, and in a hurry. The 360 and PS3 uDraw was a huge flop, but the leadership teams should have known better than to bet the farm on it after lukewarm Wii sales.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:55 AM   #6
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Well fuck... I was excited as hell about DM. Glad they're doing something with the game though as this is pretty much my favorite IP.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:57 AM   #7
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That sucks. It'll be interesting to see what they do with this.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:58 AM   #8
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I was worried this was too niche of an IP to survive as an MMO unless the game was beyond excellent but I was very excited and would have played it no matter what. I'm very sad today
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:00 PM   #9
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I guess the best thing I can hope for now is they turn it into a 40K version of Battlefield.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:14 PM   #10
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Good, the idea was crap to begin with. I love WH40k, but not as an MMO.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:19 PM   #11
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Smart move as MMO market is too crowded. No way this game would have been profitable.
Agreed. This move probably saves THQ from a much worse fate. A flailing MMO is a dog, whereas a standalone bad game can be more easily moved beyond to the next game.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:34 PM   #12
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Glad to see it wont be an MMO. I might actually purchase a Single and multi-player game. I really enjoy the WH40k universe but not when I'd have to camp futuristic Orcs and Elves to drop their cool loot.

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Old 03-29-2012, 12:43 PM   #13
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Wishful thinking but I feel an action heavy RPG in the WH40K universe could be really fun.
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It's no longer an MMO? I just became interested.
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I'm kinda glad, if not surprised at all. The direction MMOs have taken just don't appeal to most gamers anymore.
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I'd be all over that. We need another vehicular shooter to go up against BF. I'd actually like it to be more like Tribes than BF tho. EA basically has a monopoly on vehicular shooter genre.

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Old 03-29-2012, 01:06 PM   #17
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Probably a good move. Do people still enjoy MMOs or do they play them because they are so invested in their characters they feel obligated?
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It's no longer an MMO? I just became interested.
Yeah, I just became a lot more excited. But only as long as they can actually transfer the assets they have for the game so far into this new form without it looking shoddy.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:39 PM   #19
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I'd like to throw in with the folks who are happy about this not being an mmo. Sucks for the guys getting laid off, but better for those of us that don't really enjoy MMOs too much.
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That's 118 people out of work at the same time -- I hope they find some work ASAP.
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