Games Workshop, in conjunction with THQ, has announced that the two are working together to create an MMORPG set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
THQ has seen big success for the Warhammer 40k setting with its Dawn of War franchise, which has been one of the better RTS series of the past couple of years. Dawn of War was created by Relic, and is generally considered to have been the blueprint for the sublime Company of Heroes which Relic went on to develop.
The new MMO is being handled by Vigil games, and details are scarce on the ground at the moment - Gamespot
has what little there is to have.
The obvious question is - when producing an MMO, how on earth do you compete with World of Warcraft? The bods at Games Workshop are pretty sure they can come up with something worthwhile. "We think World of Warcraft has done a great job of establishing the MMO market. We have seen tremendous growth in the space over the past five or so years. That said, we believe there is plenty of opportunity that lies ahead both in terms of developing innovative new gameplay mechanics and continuing to expand the user base. Combine that with the built-in popularity and richness of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, and we feel very confident in our competitive position,"
they told Gamespot.
None of which is to forget that Mythic Entertainment, producers of the popular Dark Ages of Camelot MMO, is working on a Warhammer MMO set in the fantasy universe, rather than the sci-fi one. It seems that whichever side of the Games Workshop franchise you fall on, you'll be sorted with MMO goodness over the next year or so.
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