The stricken publisher, THQ, have announced that Warhammer 40k: Dark Millenium Online will no longer be an MMO and will, instead, become a single player experience with multiplayer components. This is as a result of their ailing financial situation and comes with the news that another 118 full-time staff will be made redundant; 79 from Vigil Games and 39 from Relic Entertainment.
Part of a statement put out by THQ CEO Brian Farrell reads "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".
An unpopular decision, but a wise move as MMOs cost a fortune to develop. BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic is thought to have cost upwards of $200million to create. Not to mention the MMO market is increasingly saturated with high end competitors to Dark Millenium, the likes of Guild Wars 2, SWTOR, Eve Online and Dust 514, meaning that THQ would have to invest more further funds to compete making the odds of success even less likely.
MMOs are an incredibly lucrative investment, however, the competition has become fierce so MMOs are costing ever increasing amounts of money to produce and maintain.
What are your thoughts and opinions on this? Are you still pining for a Warhammer 40k MMO or will you be more satisfied with a single player experience? Let us know in the comments below!