THQ is shifting its game Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium from an MMO to a single-player game with multiplayer components. The company said in a press release issued today that the shift will result in hundreds of layoffs across multiple studios.
"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.
Two internal THQ studios will lay off a total of 118 positions. Vigil Games will eliminate 79 full-time employee positions in Austin, Texas, and 39 employees at Relic Entertainment in Vancouver, B.C will be laid off. Vigil Games will continue to focus on developing this game and Darksiders II, which is scheduled for release this summer. Relic Entertainment will continue to focus on Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War franchises.
More details on the retooled Warhammer: 40,000 game will be revealed at a later date.