02 Apr

Last week, THQ announced that it would refocus Vigil Games’ Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium from an MMORPG to a single / multiplayer title with robust online features. In the wake of this shift in direction for the title, 118 THQ employees have been laid off. More information after the jump.

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millenium was originally announced in 2007 and has only been presented at a single event since then. A trailer for the game was released during E3 2010. THQ cited the increasing costs of developing an MMO as compared to ‘regular’ titles and changing market conditions as reasons for the refocus.

The layoffs come from two internal THQ studios, with 79 full-time employees being let go from the Austin, Texas-based studio Vigil Games and 39 employees from the Canadian Relic Entertainment.