Release Projected For For 2013
Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium, the MMO set in Games Workshop's dark future universe, was announced back in 2007 and trailered as recently as last year's E3. However, new details have slipped out regarding its budget and release date that place the project out of reach for at least a couple of years. Here's what we know.
During a speech at the Wedbush Morgan conference yesterday, THQ's Chief Financial Officer revealed a few interesting details, suggesting that Dark Millenium's budget would be in the region of $50 Million. This is a high - if not unreasonable - figure for most next-gen projects, though much of this sum will need to be spent constantly working on the netcode and balance issues. Plus, it'll need to compete with WoW as well as possibly Project Titan, Blizzard's next MMO.
The production budget is high-end of a core game. Somewhere in the area of $50 million or so to get these games to market, certainly in that range for Dark Millennium. What you want is a game like this to be successful and the development budget gets higher. - THQ CFO Paul Pucino
However, much of this money will unfortunately need to be blown on continually upgrading the graphics and engine. Despite being in development for four years already, Pucino has confirmed a tentative 2013 launch window for Dark Millennium. Might be worth cancelling those preorders for now, guys.
Considering the budget, Dark Millennium will need to shift over 2 million copies just to break even. THQ is convinced that it will "continue to generate over a long period of time" and produce "a significant amount of cash," but therey'll face stiff competition. We'll keep you posted as we hear more details about the project. [Gamerzines]