Warhammer 40,000 MMO

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When I sat down to chat with Danny Bilson during THQ's pre-E3 showcase event in North London earlier this month, I had no idea that, just over a week later, he would no longer be with the publisher. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, but I'm convinced there was something about the way he introduced presentations on Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and Darksiders 2 to European press that morning that was, for want of a better term, off.

THQ explains Dark Millenium's new direction

Bilson: "If you liked Space Marine, you're gonna love this thing."

THQ games boss Danny Bilson has offered some detail on how Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium Online's realignment from an MMO to a "single-player/multiplayer game with community features" will work.

THQ: Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium is no longer an MMO

"Refocused" to "immersive single player and online multiplayer experience", 118 jobs cut.

THQ has "refocussed" troubled MMO Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium. It's now an "immersive single player and online multiplayer experience", the publisher has announced.

THQ promises it has "adequate resources" to deliver busy 2014 slate

Dark Millenium Online alive, six unannounced core titles coming.

UPDATE: THQ boss Brian Farrell has offered further detail on the Dark Millenium situation during an investor call. While the game is still on its release slate, the publisher is currently looking for a "partner" to help complete the title.

THQ to announce 170 layoffs today - report

THQ to announce 170 layoffs today - report

What will the game collateral be?

A troubled THQ will imminently announce 170 layoffs, according to a new report.

Independent industry suit Kevin Dent claimed to have been sitting on the news "for a week or so". His Twitter conversation with THQ's vice president of technology Mark DeLoura suggests this is for real.

"This is probably going to break in the morning, I have sat on it for a week or so. The culling at THQ was 170+ souls including Mark DeLoura," broadcast Kevin Dent, directing the message at DeLoura.

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THQ denies cancelling 2014 line-up of games

THQ denies cancelling 2014 line-up of games

But Warhammer 40K MMO future less certain.

THQ has denied cancelling its 2014 line-up of games - but the future of ambitious Warhammer 40,000 MMO Dark Millennium Online is less certain.

The publisher responded to a gloomy rumour spread on Twitter by video game executive Kevin Dent. He heard that the Warhammer 40,000 MMO and the THQ 2014 line-up had been cancelled. Dent had also heard THQ was "offering" itself for sale to Asian companies.

THQ's response, via a statement offered to VG247, read: "THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO.

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Space Marine dev helping with 40k MMO

Vigil looked at Relic's combat system.

Dawn of War developer Relic will help Vigil with the creation of massively multiplayer online game Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium Online once it wraps up work on the soon-to-be-released Space Marine.

More Warhammer 40k coming from THQ

Games Workshop deal extension signed.

THQ has signed a new "multi-year" extension on its exclusive Warhammer 40,000 licensing agreement with brand owner Games Workshop.

THQ on everything

Dawn of War III, UFC 3, Guillermo del Toro and more.

Danny Bilson doesn't do interviews like other high ranking videogame executives. The THQ core games boss is happy to talk frankly about not only announced games, but unannounced games. This, we're not used to.

Warhammer 40,000 MMO named

Dark Millennium Online trailer, shots.

THQ has said that its upcoming Warhammer 40,000 massively-multiplayer game is subtitled Dark Millennium Online.

First Warhammer 40K MMO details

First Warhammer 40K MMO details

RPG, guns, races, scrolls, hulks, more.

The new issue of the UK's PC Gamer magazine has published the first details of THQ's massively multiplayer Warhammer 40K game. Not bad going, considering it's still years away.

The game, it transpires, is definitely an RPG at its core. But although it's no MMOFPS it's still firefight-focused, and borrows heavily from the holy trinity of tactical shooter mechanics: cover, suppressive fire, and flanking. Sounds a bit like Tabula Rasa to us.

Combat will apparently take place on a larger scale than in EA Mythic's fantasy MMO, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Since Mythic is anticipating raid sizes of 70 players or so for city sieges in WAR, this is a pretty bold claim.

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THQ: "Warcraft has peaked"

Warhammer MMO can "co-exist".

There's fighting talk today from THQ executive Jack Sorenson, who has told Eurogamer that he reckons Blizzard's all-conquering World of Warcraft has "peaked".

Warhammer 40K MMO years away

A couple of them, says THQ boss.

THQ boss Brian Farrell has told paidContent.org that the publisher's Warhammer 40,000 MMO is "probably still a couple of years out".

THQ confirms Red Faction III

THQ confirms Red Faction III

Explains why Juiced, Stuntman were binned.

THQ has confirmed Red Faction III is in development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Saints Row developer Volition is making it, according to a conference call with boss Brian Farrell. "More exciting destruction technology" will be added this time around.

Red Faction is a first-person shooter set on Mars where Arnold Schwarzenegger once lived. The 2001 original's big boast was the ability to leave bullet holes in things you shot. And the sequel featured even more physics power.

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Warhammer 40K MMO confirmed

Warhammer 40K MMO confirmed

THQ signs rights till 2013.

THQ's to release a Warhammer 40K MMORPG at an unspecified date, the company's confirmed. The game is currently under development at THQ's wholly owned Austin-based outfit, Vigil Games.

The title is a further extension of the company's grip over Games Workshop's number-crunching pen and paper RPG franchise, arriving after real success in the RTS field with Relic's Dawn of War series. THQ confirmed this morning that it has now signed a licensing deal for the 40K universe on all platforms lasting until 2013.

The MMO project has been much anticipated, and will sit alongside Richard Garriot's Tabula Rasa as a second, big budget futuristic-shooter style MMO on the not-so-distant horizon.

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