HUH? Warhammer Dark Millenium Will Now Be Single Player
File this under “Whaaa?”. In a press release, THQ announced today that the upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online is being given a massive, utterly game-altering change. You can chuck the ‘online’ part, because it will no longer be an MMO, but instead is being rolled out as “an immersive single player and online multiplayer experience”. This change will be accompanied by “robust” DLC and “community features“, though the details will be provided at a later date.
This is obviously a huge change, though one that makes a lot of sense. 2011 was a very rough year for THQ, with a ton of layoffs and division closures, cancelled games, even allegations of rot at the very top of the company. In their last quarterly investor call, the company confirmed that in response to these setbacks, they would be focusing on what they called their ‘core’ games. While there’s no way they’ll jettison the mostly successful Warhammer franchise, which they’ve handled since 2003, management of an MMO must have seemed like a bad strategy. “Based on changing market dynamics,” the statement reads, “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.”
As someone who prefers the single player experience, this seems like a fine idea to me, even if Space Marine wasn’t that great. Unfortunately, this change means layoffs for many people. The press release confirms that 118 employees in Austin and Vancouver will be let go during the transition. Hopefully this is the last of THQ’s layoffs for the time being.
What do you think, Game Fronters? Were you looking forward to a Warhammer MMO? Does this seem like a bad idea? Sound off in comments.