THQ has not been doing well lately, to say the least. They’ve had to lay off 118 employees yesterday from their Vigil and Relic studios. Interestingly, they’re also planning to give their upcoming project Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online a new haircut, transforming it from an Massively Multiplayer Online game into a single-player title with an added multiplayer component.
CEO Brian Farrell stated in a press release that “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.” From the sound of things, they’re aiming for an experience similar to last year’s Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, a fairly well received action game that focused on a single-player campaign.
The game will still carry the subtitle Dark Millenium, but little else is known about the project, other than it promises to be “immersive” on the single-player side of things. The layoffs are worrisome, for sure, but considering the game will probably take less resources now that it’s MMO features are gone, it can still turn out well. Keep your oversized space sword at the ready, as OnlySP will definitely do more coverage of the game in the near future.