Warhammer 40k MMO Officially Cancelled

If this announcement sounds familiar, I wouldn’t get your hopes up. This time the announcement is official, Warhammer: Dark Millennium Online has been cancelled. Well, somewhat. In a press release today, THQ announced that the Dark Millennium will no longer be an MMO, but will instead become a single player game. So the title is dropping the “Online” and will henceforth be known as Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium, and thus is no longer a topic of conversation here at MMO Fallout.

 THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) 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.

In addition, over 100 employees have been laid off from the struggling developer. We already know that Dark Millennium was being developed with help from the Space Marine title, so the new iteration is likely to become a spiritual sequel. Dark Millennium Online was already looking at trouble with THQ acknowledging a lack of funds to publish the game.

As a side note, in a past poll 23% of MMO Fallout viewers believed either Activision or Trion should publish Dark Millennium.

(Source: THQ press release)

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4 Responses to “Warhammer 40k MMO Officially Cancelled”

  1. mad says:

    this is bad if this came as a mmo then thay get more money

  2. games games says:

    This should have been a multi-player. why the heck they decided to make it a single player defies comprehension!

  3. Mad dog says:

    Worst news of the Year. The truth that forever I will not be able to slaughter Guardman with my Khrone Berserker, is torturing me.

    Single player? after all those freaking CoH-wannabe DoW 2? cut the crap. I ain’t playing that piece of garbage.

  4. Commissariot says:

    Honestly some of the worst news i have heard in gaming in years.

    For a multitude of reasons actually. I read this awhile ago when it was first announced with mixed feelings. All of which I wont bore people with here. But I understood the reasoning at least. They couldnt find a partner to take some of the risk with them. At least, at face value that is what it seemed, with a bit more digging I read that they didnt want investers to limit the amount of control the investers had. That just seems completely backwards. “we couldnt make the game a MMO becuase the risk for our company would be too great, but we dont want people investing in it because we dont want them trying to press their own agenda.”

    See the catch twenty-two there?

    More worrying for me is and was the complete lack of information about the game at all. Not that there was much to begin with before the recent E3, but now it seems any official site related to the game has just dissappeared, and I’ve looked. Even more concerning is on the THQ and Vigil website there just…nothing. a big nothing recent relating at all to the game. (I did find a older article about the E3 debute after specifially serching for it on the webpages search engine.) On Vigil’s site there is even less, just a picture linking back to the THQ website.

    I get THQ is going through tough times, but the last time I have seen a game with so little recent info straight from someone directly working on it, was Starcraft Ghost. We all know how that one ended up. It is always concerning at least to me, that when a company needs to sell games, they arnt activly trying to generate hype via information about the games they are trying to sell. Especially over a game that they have already generated hype for!

    In short, am I jsut completely oblivious to something important or is this really whats happening? Either way, it discomforting.