You might have missed this if you weren't close to an Internet over the weekend. IGDA Mobile SIG bossman Kevin Dent tweeted that THQ cancelled an MMO from The Games Workshop -- meaning Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenniun Online -- and that all planned 2014 releases had been canceled. He added the the moves were part of a process that would eventually end in the sale of the publisher.
Not so fast though. THQ responded with a public statement to VG247 denying the claims. The publisher confirmed that while "we have dramatically reduced out commitment to the kids' boxed games sector" -- a fact that had previously been revealed -- the result is a more "focused" lineup of "original and high-quality content" for gamers. The statement confirms that the 2014 lineup still exists, and that no descisions have been made "regarding the planned MMO."
You check out out the full text of the statement after the jump.
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.