A blog has started some rumors about Bioware having bought from SEGA either the Space Marine IP or the Dark Millennium Online, or both.
It is really unclear and I would not give it much credibility because of two points:
- The author messes up Space Marine and DMO franchises, talking as if they were the same game.
- Space Marine was developed by Relic, but DMO was being developed by Vigil.
If SEGA owns the ip might have sold DMO license to Bioware, but Space Marine was a success, why taking the second part from Relic's hands also for Bioware?
Despite this discrepancies it might still be true, but it is strange, and as always "a reliable source" without real ids or public announcements...
The warp is surely affecting our communications, because last we knew, SEGA had the WH 40k license, but now another company, Slitherine, has just announced at its official website that they too have a deal to produce "a strategy videogame set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe". Turn-based too, as they say later in the same news.
Also there is in the making a game about Space Hulk (turn based too), so the franchise is far from going out of the videogame segment.
Still the fate of Dark Millennium Online is unknown.
We bring better news this time.
SEGA has not only adquired Relic but also some of the IPs that THQ had license of.
The adquisition contract has been scanned and published online and inspecting it also reveals they will take ownership of all Dawn of War, Space Marine and Dark Millennium registered URLs.
This not only reveals a registered domain for Dawn of War III, but also a list of Dark Millennium Online domains that right now either are empty or point to THQ's homepage:
This still doesn't guarantees that Dark Millennium project is alive, but gives us hope that SEGA might retake the project and build a game (whenever is an MMO or action-RPG one).
Source: Bell of Lost Souls
THQ's auction has finished, and while Relic (creators of the Dawn of War franchise) have been bought by SEGA, Vigil (studio in charge of building Dark Millennium Online) did not get any bids, so will be disbanded.
As THQ as a whole had the Warhammer 40,000 license the fate of DMO remains unknown yet.
THQ has just announced that is filling for bankruptcy, as part of a sale movement. Said in a simpler way, they are selling themselves, the studios and IPs.
While this means good news as they have promised no layoffs nor stopping development of their main games for the time being, this also means that Dark Millennium will still be on hold, as they were searching for a partner to build it even before this economic issues.
Jan 8th Update: According to IGN and other sources, THQ has requested more time for the bidding about its assets, and now will sell them title by title instead of all together. Rumors about Warner Bros and Ubisoft wanting to bid for it look promising.
We are always watching the warp, but not having any news since April's official announcement of Dark Millennium Online shifting to a non-MMO videogame might be taken as either good or not so good news:
- It means that, at least in theory THQ has not cancelled the game. As they already invested resources in assets (graphics, audio, background,...) and we are talking of a powerful game IP, it is likely they will try to finish and monetize the effort. After all, Space Marine has been a big and acclaimed success.
- But it also can mean that the game is on hold. THQ was looking for a partner to publish DMO just after the sad layoffs they had to apply inside the company, so if they haven't yet found a publisher the game might be fully stopped until that happens.
Let's hope to hear some news soon.
For the past two weeks, a warp hole opened and left chaos forces inside this website.
After fighting this evil, our techpriests have worked many hours to not only preserve all knowledge, but also migrate the machine-spirits to a different blog platform. While small details still await, most of the main contents are already in place again (all posts, the galleries, mobile site and even the imperial quotes or random image widgets).
We apologize for the problems, but by the emperor that we will prevail and keep reporting all news about the Warhammer 40.000 Dark Millennium game.
While we don't have any news about the status of Dark Millennium Online, Games Workshop is launching a series of teasers pointing to the 23rd of June "for something".
Hordes of rumors point to a 6th edition of Warhammer 40.000 so at that date we can expect presentations, details and preorders, but we'll see soon.
So far this are the three teasers published:
Wouldn't be nice of THQ also commented something about DMO status around this very special date?
Update: Third teaser added to the post.
In an interview, THQ "explains" (justifies) changing Dark Millennium to be a non-MMO instead of killing it. Highly summarized: "I think it’s absolutely incredible [...] It’s always been one of my favorite games in the portfolio and it still is".
So, the good news is that already created content, setting and creatives (graphics, sounds, basic mechanics) seem to be strong enough so that THQ bets for it as a singleplayer + multiplayer game.
It contains also a lot of "awesome" and "incredible" word repetitions, but even with the layoffs the game keeps forward, and will be specially tailored for PC (and still with a strong multiplayer component, the interview says), unlike Space Marine which was made for consoles and their particular "limited" multiplayer.
Source and full interview: Ripten interview to Danny Bilson
THQ has just revealed in a press note that Dark Millennium Online drops the "Online" part by not being an MMO anymore.
They will shift to a singleplayer game with online multiplayer also.
Not many more details have been provided, like if it will be an action-RPG, pure action, cooperative or pseudo-MMO in the online part.
The game is also now without any release date.
As a side-note, big layoffs have been done to the developer teams of both Relic (-39 employees) and Vigil (-79 employees). Sad times indeed.