THQ Turns Warhammer 40K MMO into a Single Player Game, Lays off 118 Employees

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.

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    Mattsworkname says:

    Honestly, I'd be fine with a revamped and improved space marine and more Dawn of War.

    Hell, you know what they should try, how bout they make an Iphone/ ANdroid Game that allows you to play the Turn based table top game on the go using digital, animated pieces, Ala Advanced wars? 

    I'd buy it, in a Heart beat. I love the 40 k universe, it's one of my faves in terms of it's mythology and detail, along side the ME series of video games.

    I hope the new games do well, I love relic studios work and think they should do more of it. Also, one last thing Relic.


    Make it SO!



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    hellfire7885 says:

    Well that's extremely disappointing to know. I was looking forward to squadding up and owning some Orks, but all we're getting is more or less Space Marine 2


    That said however, if they can fix the frustrating aspects from Space Marine, it might be alright.

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