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Post by Dan @ 03:46pm 16/01/12 | 9 Comments
Following a wild rumour mill over the weekend suggesting that THQ were posturing to cancel their planned 2014 releases and sell or can the Warhammer 40,000 MMO, Dark Millennium Online, THQ have finally chimed in with an official statement and the word is seemingly that there is nothing to report or worry about yet, so keep calm and carry on.
“THQ has not cancelled its 2014 line-up, and has not made any decisions regarding the planned MMO. As part of the ongoing review of our business, we have made decisions to ensure that the company is strategically addressing the most attractive markets. As we have previously announced, we have dramatically reduced our commitment to the kids' boxed games sector which leads to a significantly more focused release schedule moving forward. Our slate for calendar 2012 and beyond is focused on high-quality core games and continues to build our digital platform and business. We are excited for our pipeline of original and high-quality content along with our relationships with some of the best talent in the industry.

Additionally, we are thrilled with the great performance of Saints Row: The Third, which on a like for like period in North America has tripled in sell-through from Saints Row 2. In addition, WWE ’12’s worldwide sell-through sales are up almost 40% year-over-year for the same sales period with fewer platforms. According to NPD, for the month of December and the 2011 year, THQ was the #5 publisher overall, #4 third party, with reported sell through growing over 18% in a market that was down almost 6%. And coming up next, we have two great titles for the first half of the year including UFC Undisputed 3 and Darksiders 2.”
Here at AusGamers, we're big supporters of THQ's recent shift to focus their energies onto more core-gamer targetted titles and less of the licensed churn. So we certainly hope that whatever might be going on behind the scenes at THQ HQ, that they're at least able to realise that strategy and get all of these promising upcoming games into our hands.



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Khel
Posted 10:08pm 16/1/12
Hrmm, even though they didn't say they had cancelled it, they still didn't confirm that they're committed to going forward with it either :(
darkjedi
Posted 11:03pm 16/1/12
I just wish they'd get off their asses and make a sequel to Space Marine. Sales figures be damned, I want more FPS Warhammer goodness!
Eorl
Posted 09:08am 17/1/12
Hrmm, even though they didn't say they had cancelled it, they still didn't confirm that they're committed to going forward with it either :(

To me, it sounds like, as Dan said, they are converging other projects that they feel they shouldn't focus on and use manpower, to concentrate on the bigger fish. I take that as a "yeah, we really want to make better, awesome games than meagre games just for quick buck".
Totenkopf
Posted 02:16am 17/1/12
Dont freakin touch dark millennium online!!!!
kos
Posted 02:27am 17/1/12
To me, it sounds like, as Dan said, they are converging other projects that they feel they shouldn't focus on and use manpower, to concentrate on the bigger fish. I take that as a "yeah, we really want to make better, awesome games then meagre games just for quick buck".

I think you mean than, not then. *actually important to your point in this case
casa
Posted 09:07am 17/1/12
I hope they still go ahead with dark millennium, however after playing swtor and rift and realising they're both just wow clones, I don't hold much hope for it.
Eorl
Posted 09:13am 17/1/12
Well, considering Warcraft was initially suppose to be a Warhammer game, before Games Workshop pulled out, there was definitely remnants of Warhammer in Warcraft/Starcraft. If they do it right, and make it about the 40K lore and try to convert tabletop mechanics into the MMO, they'll do just fine.
Dan
Posted 09:19am 17/1/12
Post SWTOR I think a WH40K mmo is a whole lot less viable. Right now, there's one big successful and proven fantasy MMO and one big and seemingly healthy and popular Sci-Fi MMO. I don't think there's any room for more big budget contenders of either outside of niches like Eve and Guild Wars. I also don't expect The Secret World to be overly lucrative for Funcom, and Tera will probably make about as much of a splash as Rift.
casa
Posted 09:26am 17/1/12
Post SWTOR I think a WH40K mmo is a whole lot less viable.
Truer words have never been spoken. I was very optimistic about it however yeah, TOR is pretty much what I was expecting 40K to be, unless they surprise everyone and not run with the whole wow/clone idea.
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