Bad news for Warhammer fans that were expecting to get a little MMO action, upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium is going to be undergoing “refocusing“, changing the proposed MMO gameplay for some regular old single/multiplayer. To be more exact it will become an “…immersive single player and online multiplayer experience with robust digital content, and engaging community features.“
It seems that the change is because THQ was unable to find a business partner to produce the MMO they were planning. And due to their recent financial hassles…
THQ CEO Brian Farrell 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. 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.”
Two studios, Vigil Games and Relic Entertainment, will also be seeing redundancies as a result of the change from MMO to regular game, dropping 79 and 39 staff respectively.
Source : GamesIndustry.biz