THQ Talks The Dark Millenium Switch From MMO
Remember when THQ announced that Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium would be a single player game instead of an MMO? Weird, right? Well that is still a thing that is happening, and after a few weeks of everyone yelling whaaaaaa really loudly, THQ is finally talking about this big change in more detail. In an interview with Rip Ten, THQ’s Danny Bilson spoke at length about it; long story short, this is apparently going to be a real conversion, not just a recycled title on a new IP.
Regarding he question of recycling, Bilson said “You’ve gotta remember there’s five years of development and careful thinking and testing and prototyping and then building involved there,” implying that they’re going to be making heavy use of assets already created for the now-aborted MMO. “There’s a tremendous amount of content that was built,” he also said, further enforcing that idea.
So why was the switch made? Bilson didn’t come out and say it, exactly, but it seems that the grisly state of the MMO world is to blame. “I would argue that it’s the business of subscription-based MMOs, and the state of that business right now,’ he said. “That’s what we were building: a big, ideally subscription-based, MMO. I can tell you that, unequivocally, certain people who have shipped MMOs, who saw this… a quote was, “that’s better than anything we’ve ever built.” That’s a quote from a room I was in, and that’s what kept the conversations going. There was a lot of, “how do we make this work economically, because it’s awesome?” Translation: This is probably not going to pay off like we need it to.
That’s got to be a big concern for the ailing company. Even as they sought to right the ship beginning with their Q3 investor call a few months ago, their stock price has dropped and they’ve continued to lay people off. For now, they have control of some potentially lucrative titles, but they’d best hope they make games with them people want to play. There’s more, particularly on the state of the company’s finances, over at Rip Ten.