Warhammer 40,000 MMO Focusing on Single Player, Over 100 Employees Laid Off as Result
The problems afflicting THQ are not the best, as the studio is focusing on its core franchises to help it rebound. Layoffs have hit the company and games have been delayed, including Metro: Last Light, so hopefully things get back on the uptick soon. At the time, THQ said the Warhammer 40,000 MMO is still on the way but was looking for investors to help fund it. Today, the news is not that great. The Warhammer 40,000 MMO is no longer an MMO as it is being refocused as a single player game with online multiplayer. That's right, Dark Millenium Online is now just Dark Millenium, but Relic Entertainment and Vigil Game Studios have lost over 100 employees as a result. Vigil lost 79 employees while Relic lost 39, which serves as a harsh reminder of the times we live in. The layoffs and switch of focus for Dark Millenium could also mean no additional funding was provided, which necessitated the move.
The times are tough for any company, especially when the previous year was not that profitable. THQ is trying to consolidate its strategy to survive, but at the cost of employees at flagship studios, the risk may be too great to overcome.